Date
18 August 2017
Rome is among the places that has won notoriety for scams on unsuspecting tourists. Photo: Bloomberg
Rome is among the places that has won notoriety for scams on unsuspecting tourists. Photo: Bloomberg

The latest in tourist scams

With the summer travel season in full swing, scam artists are usually out in full force at popular hotspots around the world looking for an opportunity to con the unwary tourist.

The guy offering to get you good hotel and restaurant deals, the taxi driver who promises to take you to your destination at a discount, the person who recommends a particular shop — frequent travelers have encountered all these and many more.

If you fall into the trap of the touts and thieves, the perfect holiday can quickly turn into a nightmare.

Experienced tourists like to think they know all the tricks and can avoid finding themselves in a tight spot, but the scam artists are always one step ahead and constantly come up with new ploys.

In a list of top scams that tourists should watch out for this summer, website justtheflight.co.uk has pointed out the latest dangers lurking for the unsuspecting traveler.

Among those is a fake takeaway menu racket in the US, where you’ll find a hefty bank charge for using takeaway menus instead of the hotel restaurant, the Daily Mail reports.

In Las Vegas, you could find a taxi driver speeding away with your luggage before you can step into the vehicle.

As for Europe, watch out for the guy who unfolds a map in front of your face and tries to distract you so that an accomplice can pick your pocket.

And then there’s the Athens flirt, where a woman will take you to a bar for drinks and make sweet talk before presenting you with a heart-attack inducing bill at the end of the night.

Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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RC

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