10 travel scams happening while traveling.
While most Euro-Trips return without incidents, a handful have reported these happening to them. The scams appear to be increasing and thus we at the travel experts have compiled a list of the 10 most common travel scams and what to do to avoid becoming another victim. Don’t get caught! Knowing what to look for can keep you and your whole family safe when abroad. #10 The egg to the car – A handful of travelers have reported having eggs thrown at their cars. When they activate the windshield wipers the oily substance mixes with the water and makes it impossible to drive, forcing the driver to step out of the car to clean the windshield wiper. That’s when they strike and steal car, passport and even kidnap. If you are suddenly thrown an egg, First , don’t get out of your car, Second, drive to the nearest gas station before cleaning. Do NOT use your windshield wipers. It’s a trap! #9 Plane ticked identity theft. – When you travel , keep your plane ticket with you, even after the trip is over. A skilled thief can get your frequent flyer mile, your house and phone, your DOB and tons of essential information from the bar code on your ticket. To avoid becoming a victim, Keep your ticket and either burn or thread it before throwing it out. Never throw out your ticket at the airplane or on a public place. For Frequent flyers in specific their tickets can contain a lot more info than they realize. It is important to dispose of your plane tickets safely. #8 Puncture Tires – Highway pirates indiscriminately puncture your tires and follow you until you stop Posing as good Samaritans, they’ll offer to help and rob you in the process. To avoid it be cautious of offers of help from flat tires, particularly on bad neighborhoods. In Italy it has been reported that between Naples and Salerno this scam has become very popular. Never leave valuables on display. Avoid leaving luggage in the car. Always lock your vehicle. #7 False Petitions - In France in specific there have been report of young children approaching you with a petition, often claiming to be deaf and dumb and from a reconfigured charity. They ask for a signature and money. To avoid ignore them and walk away while keeping an eye on your valuables. Report them to the police – impersonating a charity is punishable by 10 years and 1 Mil euro fines for the person who is organizing the children. #6 Fake Entry Fees – Most common in Spain – At Spanish border checks, scam artist with fake IDs go from car to car asking for cash “entrée fee” to pass into Gibraltar form Spain – How to avoid it. First there is NO charge to enter or leave Gibraltar . Never hand over money to someone claiming that they’re in charge of tickets or ticket required. Ignore them, keeping your vehicle locked and valuable out of sight. This can also happen as part of a larger scam to try and steal or kidnap so always stay safe and do not engage. #5 Impersonating police officers – Most common in the Czech Republic , sometimes you will be approached by someone offering you drugs or something that is illegal. Suddenly, bogus plain-clothes policemen appear and demand to see your passport and wallet while accusing you of a crime. To avoid this, First , Call their bluff by offering to accompany them to the nearest police station. Second Call 911 or whatever the emergency phone of that country might be, its important to have that info at all time just in case. Carry pepper spray, a raiser or a gun if possible to avoid incident escalation. #4 Counterfeit Money – This scam is very common in Hungary – Street Money Changers and taxi drivers are known to deliberately pass counterfeit notes to tourist. These notes are usually invalid or from neighboring countries. To avoid – NEVER use street money changers – stick to reputable establishment like banks. Take care when receiving bank notes that they’re valid as old notes are still in circulations. Hungarian bank notes have 7 security features to prove currency. If this happens, do not engage them but rather report to police afterwards to avoid incident escalation. #3 Sly of hand scams – While you’re at a restaurant, a thief will enter under the pretense of selling you something or looking for a friend. While you’re distracted your possessions are stolen right under you nose. To avoid keep your purse or valuables protected with Pacsafe technology. Be mindful of your possessions at all times and don’t leave bags or jackets hanging on chairs. Alert the restaurant staff if someone is making a nuisance of themselves. #2 Extortionate Bills – Certain Bars and restaurants – particularly so called gentlemen' clubs overcharge by adding surcharges to the final bill. When you cant pay, you’re escorted to a cash machine and threatened. How to avoid? DO NOT ask taxi drivers to recommend a bar or club – they’re often in on the scam. If a driver offers to take you to one. Or you’re approached on the street, treat that advice with extreme caution. Stick to reputable clubs and bars which have positive feedback from other travelers. #1 Phony taxi drivers – Unregulated taxi drivers lurk around the major airports and tourist attractions, trapping unsuspecting visitors by claiming that their fare meter is broken and overcharging. To avoid the scam only use official taxis. Check for the name and number of the taxi company on the side door and roof. Legitimate taxis will have rate cards on the window of the vehicle. It’s easy to get carried away by the romance of traveling, but remember to pack a little common sense – it can protect you form being taken for a ride.