No one expects their vacation to be anything other than perfect however, what would you do if your wallet was stolen or if someone slow counts you out of more than a few dollars at the little shop on the corner or worse yet, what if your passport is stolen? While it may not happen to everyone, it does happen fairly often. Travel scams like fake front desk calls or pickpocket scam artists are everywhere. Your chances for having it happen to you increase exponentially as you head to crowded tourist areas as well so what should you be watching for? William Bailey Travel reviews a few of the many travel scams you should watch for to help you be more prepared.
Pickpockets – pickpockets are everywhere. From the streets to the train, pickpockets are opportunists and go out of their way to find crowded areas filled with people less than familiar with an area. While there is no way to avoid a pickpocket, you can avoid having your pocket picked by simply being smart. Don’t ever carry your wallet in your back pocket, avoid carrying all your money and credit cards in one spot and be aware of your surroundings. Also, be wary of distraction techniques used by some pickpockets.
Fake Ticket – before you spend money on a ticket to an attraction, be sure you actually know the price, if there is one, and never ever, buy it on the street. You may find yourself the victim of a scam.
Fake Front Desk Call – last on our list is the fake front desk call. Targeting people when they are most vulnerable, these scam artists call a hotel room early in the morning or late at night and tells you that there is something wrong with the credit card on file and asks that you read your card number to them again to be sure. An easy one to fall for, it is even easier to avoid. DO NOT give your card over the phone. Simply tell them that you will clear it up in the morning at the front desk.
Just a few of the many issues you may encounter while traveling, it is important that you keep your wits about you while traveling and make sure you always keep an eye or a hand on your things when you are out and about.