9 of the most common tourist scams you'll encounter around the world
- Scams happen all around the world - and tourists are an especially vulnerable target.
- We compiled a list of some of the most popular travel scams around the world.
- They include dishonest taxi drivers, fake monks, and the classic "lost ring" trick.
Tourists are often a scammer's favorite targets - they're in an unfamiliar area, they don't know the local customs, and they're probably holding a lot of cash.
Even the savviest travelers can wind up victims of a scam from time to time, so it's important to know what type of scams exist around the world.
We looked at travel sites and tourism blogs to find some of the most common scams around the world you'll encounter as a tourist.
Learn the signs, and make sure you don't fall victim to one of the gambits below.
Watch out for currency exchange deals that seem too good to be true
And watch your money when it's behind the counter
Always insist on using the meter in a taxi
Be on high alert when a taxi driver insists on taking you somewhere else
Don't accept gifts from strangers
In some places, people will pretend to be deaf and ask you for money
Don't fall for the 'lost ring' scam, either
Beware of pickpockets … and people warning you of pickpockets
And don't trust someone who gets ketchup on your shirt
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