4 Common Travel Scams And How To Avoid Them

No matter which corner of the world you travel to or how far you go back in time, there are and will always be always a few people out to get you or your money.

Travel scams

Those who travel frequently will know the task of trying to know and dodge the most common travel scams of the moment.

So, in order to help you avoid being swindled, we’re letting you know the popular scams that are currently targeting tourists.

Fake Travel Agents

Several scammers have been posing as travel agents on social media platforms, enticing wannabe travelers to book trips through their “business.”

Imagine these tourists’ shock when they turn up at their hotel without a booking or the chunk of change they put down to secure their dream vacation.

Tip: Never book through a social media platform. Always check for a dedicated and trustworthy website. Google reviews of the brand before parting with any money.

Fake USB Ports

While USB ports in public places, such as airports and malls can be handy when your phone is on its last legs, think twice before juicing up your Android or iPhone.

Some hackers have managed to set up these ports that install malware onto your phone as they charge it.

By doing so, hackers are then able to steal personal information from you, such as your address and credit card information.

Tip: Carry a fully-charged battery pack with you when you travel.

Emirates Cash Prize

Be wary of any online competition you see plastered across social media, particularly those from airlines promising cash.

Tip: Check the airline or business’ website yourself and if you’re still uncertain, reach out to their customer service team to determine whether the competition is legitimate.

Broken Taxi Meters

Anyone who is relatively well-traveled will know that one of the easiest ways to get tourists to part with a pocketful of change is by overcharging them for a taxi.

Many visitors simply do not know to ask a driver to turn on the meter before hopping in or agree on the price beforehand.

As travelers cotton on to this trick more and more, the new scam is to pretend the meter is broken. This is another way to overcharge for the taxi fare.

Tip: If a taxi driver won’t turn on the meter, hop out and wait for another cab.

Final Thoughts

While there are countless travel scams out there, hopefully, you’ll be able to avoid some of the most common ones simply by knowing they exist. As always, use your common sense while on vacation, and don’t trust a stranger’s intentions.

Follow common safety precautions to ensure you have the perfect trip.

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