From fake jewels to fake cabs, fake police and even fake hand bags, scam artists are skilled at pretending to have or be something they are not. Though millions of travelers will travel without incident, it is the informed travelers who know what to watch for and what to avoid who will most likely never encounter this type of scam along the way.
Fake or Rip off items – From jewels to watches or bags, if the price looks to good to be true and the person is selling on the street or even in a cab, you are likely looking at a scam and should turn around and walk away. This happens on streets in the U.S. and around the world. If you are looking for an item which looks like the real thing for less, than you have likely found the place but do not expect to find a Rolex on the street, you will most likely be the victim of a scam.
Fake police – If you are being accused of a crime that you did not commit and the alleged officer tries to get you to “pay” to get out of a ticket or going to jail, it is possible that you are dealing with a fake cop. If you are accused of a crime and it seems suspicious, ask to see the identification of the officer. If you are still concerned, call the police and talk to them directly.
Fake cabs – Cab drivers in most places are required to be licensed and to properly display their credentials. If you see a cab without proper credentials, opt out and wait for one displaying the correct credentials.
The best way to avoid becoming the victim of a scam is to simply pay attention to your surroundings and use common sense. You can have a wonderful time when you travel and be safer by remembering that you are in charge of your safety. Be smart, pay attention and don’t become a victim when you travel. Island Trader Vacations reviews the tips and news to help you make the most of your vacations.