Background of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo

Egypt

🚨 Offering to take a family picture

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💬 Men at historical sites seem nice and offer to take a picture of your and your group. They take your phone to the the picture and then demand money or you don’t get your phone back.

💡 Avoid them and a no thank you. Keep it moving and don’t engage.

🚨 Guided Tour Scam

💬 This is when a seemingly helpful local approaches you offering to take you on a guided tour or introduce you to local activities. This person is often related to a business of some kind- even if they’re not, they’ll be pressuring you to buy their product or service. This can include everything from jewelry shops to restaurants.

💡 Don’t be afraid to firmly but politely decline the offer if it doesn’t feel right to you. If you do decide to take up a tour offer, make sure you’ve done your research on the price beforehand and haggle to get the best deal.

🚨 Taxi Touts

💬 As soon as you step out of the airport or any other tourist attraction, you will be swarmed with people trying to get you into their taxi. While most of these people are just trying to make a living, some of them are scammers who might take you to a dodgy part of town and ask for an outrageous fare, or even rob you.

💡 Pre-book a taxi online, or use the services of a registered cab company. Avoid any unmarked taxis on the street and be suspicious of drivers who do not turn on the meter.

🚨 Pickpocketing

💬 Pickpocketing is a common crime in Cairo and other cities, with criminals targeting tourists to make an easy profit. They may distract you with a street performance or even kindly offer to help you find your way around.

💡 Keep purses and bags closed and placed in front of you, close to your body. If possible, avoid bringing large sums of cash or credit cards with you, and if you do, only take out what you need at that time.

🚨 Fake police officers

💬 A common scam in Cairo is for criminals to dress as police officers in an attempt to scam tourists out of their money. They may pretend to check your passport or claim that you owe a fine. Do not give out your personal information or give them any money.

💡 Be sure to ask for a badge and identification when approached by a police officer. You can also call the police station for verification: if it’s a scam, the fake officer will usually flee.

🚨 Camel ride/pictures

💬 Camel owner will tell you one price for a camel ride, you get on top the camel, then demand a way higher price before you get off the camel. Same for pictures- they tell you to “come take a picture with the camel” and then again, ask for lots of money.

💡 Avoid the camel guys at all cost. The camels aren’t treated well to begin with. But pro tip: if you want a picture of just the camel itself with a dope pyramid scape- “take a selfie” while really taking a forward picture.

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