Dating guide scams

There are common scams that occur in many places that the traveller should be aware of.

These are designed to get your money or business from you under false pretenses.

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Dating guide scams

In the worst case they may even be in on it and some ways of local law enforcement may indeed work with various forms of entrapment or trickery that might fall into a moral category not all that unlike some scams on this list.

Prevention is based on knowledge: researching your destination will both alert you in advance to scams in the area and let you know what the usual prices and truly good sights are so you will be less reliant on the approaches of helpful individuals when you're vulnerable.

At the same time, if you do get stung, don't be too hard on yourself: you were dealing with people who knew the location a lot better than you and with people who were out to deceive you.

In some cases, you were dealing with hardened criminals.

If you think what happened to you was illegal and the police are trustworthy, report it, otherwise, just chalk it up to experience.

Note that if you wish to make a theft-related claim against an insurance policy, you will generally need to make a police report within 24 hours and keep a copy for your insurance company.

These scams are based upon the idea of offering you help or advice that is actually deceptive, trusting that you will rely on the scammer's "local knowledge".

They usually involve giving advice that results in you paying for something that you otherwise wouldn't or going somewhere you don't want to go.

Some scams in which a helpful local offers to cut you a good deal can be outright fraudulent such as convincing you to buy fake gems for example but many simply get you to pay for something that you wouldn't pay for if you knew the area better.

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