🚨 Fake Police Scam
💬 The scam usually involves fake police officers who approach tourists and assert authority and stop them for a potential crime. The fraudsters may then threaten to arrest the victim unless they pay a fine. The fake police officers may also steal money or IDs from the victim.
💡 Do not get into a conversation with the fake police. Immediately contact your embassy and the local authorities.
🚨 Pickpocketing Scam
💬 This is a common scam which involves pickpockets in crowded areas such as markets or subways. They may steal wallets, purses, phones, jewelry, and other items.
💡 Do not carry large amounts of cash or valuable items in your pocket or purse, and be aware of your surroundings in crowded areas.
🚨 Fake Winners Scam
💬 In this scam, fraudsters will approach tourists and tell them they have won a prize such as a free trip. The victim is then asked to provide personal information or to make a payment for taxes or fees. The prize is either non-existent or significantly less valuable than promised.
💡 Do not provide any personal or financial information to anyone who you do not know and trust.
🚨 Overcharging Scam
💬 This scam involves shopkeepers or cab drivers who charge significantly more than the price listed for goods or services. They may also claim that the price of the goods they sell is higher than the market price.
💡 Shop around for reasonably-priced items and always check with locals to get an idea of fair prices.
🚨 Fake Currency Exchange Scam
💬 The scam artist approaches the victim and offers them a great deal on currency exchange. The victim is then given counterfeit money. The fraudster may also offer free “taxi ride” and then a currency exchange at a higher rate than the actual rate.
💡 Do not accept offers from strangers. Use only reputable and verified currency exchange services.
🚨 Medical Help Scam
💬 If you have a visible skin ailment (I have vitiligo) , some kind hearted person will offer to give you a remedy for free. They will get you to write the names of the herbs but will mumble it or forget the name. Then they lead you into a very friendly herbalist shop. He will start mixing a sticky mixture with very expensive herbs and proceed to sell you the concoction for all the money you have. You will be intimidated by huge men surrounding you.
💡 If someone offers to give you a remedy for any ailment, and wants you to follow them to some shop, say no, turn a deaf ear and walk away.
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