Background of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur


🚨 Counterfeit Money Change Scam

💬 In this scam, con artists will approach unsuspecting tourists and offer to exchange a large amount of money for much less than its true value. The exchange will usually involve foreign currency, and the notes will be counterfeit. After the exchange, the tourist will realize that the money is actually not legitimate.

💡 The best way to avoid this scam is to ensure that the exchange rate you are getting is comparable to the market rate. Additionally, you should always use reputable exchange services or banks, whenever possible.

🚨 Fake Jewellery Scam

💬 This scam involves selling supposedly precious stones and jewellery to unsuspecting tourists. The jewellery is cheap, counterfeit and not worth what the con artist is asking for it. The con artist will even go so far as to mislead the buyer into believing it is a precious stone.

💡 The best way to avoid this type of scam is to only purchase jewellery in reputable stores or jewellers. There are some stores in Kuala Lumpur dedicated to selling genuine precious stones, and they will provide genuine certificates of authenticity.

🚨 Taxi Overcharging Scam

💬 This scam involves taxi drivers charging much more than the standard fare for a short journey. The driver may try to charge an exorbitant amount for a 20-minute ride or even for a single destination. This scam is especially common near tourist attractions.

💡 To avoid being a victim of this scam, tourists should always agree on a set price with the driver before embarking on the journey. It is also a good idea to ask the hotel for an estimate of the fare before taking a taxi.

🚨 Friendly Stranger Scam

💬 This scam involves an overly friendly stranger who tries to initiate conversation with a tourist. The scammer may offer to show the tourist around town or lead them to an uncharted location. The scammer will usually offer to take the tourist to a local shop to purchase a certain item, and then charge an exorbitant price for it.

💡 Tourists should never agree to follow a stranger, no matter how friendly they may seem. It is best to avoid engaging in conversation with strangers altogether when visiting unfamiliar locations.

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