Scams in Southeast Asia are very similar to those each tourist might enforce whenever he will be. Most of the scams in Asia are based on the naive trust of tourists who are delighted by the spirit of vacation and beauties around. When visiting unfamiliar places, particularly with language barriers, and another kind of customs, find yourself as a target of unfair individuals looking to take advantage is quite common nowadays.The best way to avoid scams abroad is to be aware of them in advance. We tried to gather all ripoffs to be wary of when travelling to Asia.
The incredible popular scam which appeals to your humanitarian side include:
Some women or children beg, asking to buy a bottle of milk or children nutrition in the nearest shop. However, there are simply return for half of the price these products back to the shop.
Men dress in monk’s walk around and asking for donations for their temples. If you wish to donate, do it directly at the temple, this way you will be sure, that money will be used for an intended purpose.
Motorcycle, wave runner renting scam
Be cautious while renting any types of transport in Asia. One common type of scam is to be followed by someone from the rental company who also has a key to the scooter lock. Once parked, they steal it, requiring a payment for a lost motorbike.
In some cases, you can rent damaged or a bike with an invisible from the first sight scratch. After the rental, you will be asked to pay a huge fee. In order to avoid such scam, it’s worth to examine a transport before signing a rental contract. Ideally, make photos or a video, in order to present it as a proof afterward.
Dodgy Tuk Tuk Tour
This one of the favorite scam in Bangkok. You might be proposed to have a city tour, and at the beginning everything is fine, but later on you’ll be asked to enter the store, where you might be shut in order to be pressured to buy something at a mad price. In order to avoid being in such situation, never accept the invitation to have a city tour from a Tuk Tuk drivers. Taken to a shop, refuse to go inside and walk away from the situation.
Tea ceremony scam
Some new spontaneous acquaintances like a group of students learning a foreign language might propose you to join them in the tea ceremony, where at the end you will be proposed to pay a huge bill. Receive an invitation response politely no without any hesitation.
The special message scam
Attracted by the cheap price for a happy ending message, you enter the parlor, where you likely to met by someone and forced to go to the nearest ATM or even worse when you will be interrupted by a policeman who will extort all your money claiming you’re violating the law.