Beware of Scams When Travelling to a New Destination

26 Mar, 2013 | 0 Comments

Beware of Scams When Travelling to a New Destination

Travelling has become somewhat of a norm these days. Most of us plan at least one holiday a year with a destination that is outside our home country.

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With websites, online portals, and mobile apps available to the traveller at the click of a button, travelling has become an inexpensive and enjoyable luxury for most people. Holiday-goers can now get discounts on hotel accommodations, find cheap air tickets well in advance, and even purchase travel insurance in Bahrain from the comfort of their homes. But not much prepares you for travel scams that you might face in a foreign country. Here are some that you might want to keep an eye out for:

  • Pickpockets
    Pickpockets operate all around the world. If the place you are visiting is either crowded or a famous tourist destination, bet your bottom dollar that there are a few out there waiting to take advantage of you. Hence, to be safe, always keep valuables like your passport, extra cash and credit cards, and important documents in the hotel safe and carry only the bare necessities when you go out.
  • Unmarked Taxis 
    Unmarked taxis are a big NO when traveling. Such taxis can cost a bomb as compared to officially licensed vehicles. Most countries have official travel websites that specify which cabs are legal and which are not. For example, in London the black minicabs are the only licensed taxis for the city.
  • Phone Scams 
    Imagine receiving a call on your room phone at a hotel late in the night after a long and tiring day of sightseeing. The man or woman on the other line says there is a problem with your payment and asks if you can tell her your credit card details again. You simply oblige thinking it is the friendly front desk staff without realising that it is a scam. Front desk scams can be disastrous for two reasons: you have no clue of the scam until you receive your credit card statement once you are back home and because it breaks your trust in the Hotel you were staying at even though they had very little to do with it.
  • False Identity 
    Fake police may not always be recognisable. In some countries you might run into fake policemen that want to make a quick buck. All they’ll do is ask you for travel documents and say something is not right, but can be forgotten if you pay them a fine in cash! Simply say you have had them checked and call the hotel up for assistance.

Do ensure you have your travel insurance purchased to stay covered for some of these scams.

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