The methods of deception are constantly being improved, but they all work on similar principles. This article introduces you to six unusual but common fraud schemes. We really hope that reading this material will help you secure your wallet.
1. “Let’s check your bills”
Geography of deception: EU countries
On the street, you may be approached by people in a uniform that will be very similar to a police officer. They will tell you that an operation is being carried out to search for counterfeiters in the city, and will be asked to present all your cash for verification. After the “check”, suspicious banknotes may be “removed” from you, or discreetly replaced with false ones.
Going on a trip, it’s useful to find out what the insignia of the police officers look like in the countries where you are traveling. At such a meeting, you can rewrite the data of police identification cards or badges and demand that you be taken to the station and provided with legal assistance guaranteed by the law of the country. Such demands are likely to frighten off small fraudsters.
2. “Pending surrender”
Geography of deception: countries of Asia and the East
Imagine the situation: you buy souvenirs, but the seller does not have a chance. No need to worry, the shopkeeper tells you and sends his “assistant” for exchange.
Time passes, but the “assistant” turns out to be an accomplice and is in no hurry to return with your money. Patience runs low, you leave, and scammers win. The best counteraction to this divorce is pre-prepared small cash for exchange.
3. “Tricky shoeshine”
Geography of deception: Istanbul and other eastern cities
In the crowded squares of Istanbul, shoe cleaners work. You can meet such a character on the way to the Galata bridge, he will have a characteristic set: a wooden box, shoe polish and a brush that will hang on an eyelet on the side of this box. Passing by, a crook will drop a brush, in the hope that a gullible tourist will pick it up. The brush is returned to the owner, he is happy and offers to thank you immediately by brushing your shoes for free.
If you agree, the swindler will immediately begin to demand payment for his work, usually about 50 lire. Always refuse intrusive services in the form of thanks, for sure they want to separate you.
4. “Want me to take a picture of you?”
Geography of deception: Paris, Rome, popular tourist cities
The simplest divorce that works flawlessly in all the tourist places on the planet. You are betrayed to be photographed by a couple or family on your own camera, and then the photographer dissolves into an endless crowd with your camera.
If you try to catch up with him, then remember: firstly, he knows the city like the back of his hand, and secondly, be prepared to meet his fellow accomplices.
If you really want to take a joint photo, choose the “photographer” yourself. Candidates from among unsuspecting tourists are best suited. Do not accept help from intrusive and proactive strangers.
5. “Cheating with coins”
Geography of deception: Italy, Turkey
Coin frauds are common in many countries. In Italy, change can be given to you in the lira. Outwardly, they resemble a coin of 2 euros. In Turkey, coins of different denominations in principle look very similar, and sellers use it – they give change at times less.
Upon detection of fraud, crooks refer to their carelessness, but for some reason, tourists always have to pay for their carelessness.
How to counter this deception? It is best to look in advance on the Internet what the local currency looks like. And try to carefully check your change when making purchases.
6. “The waiter who is not”
Geography of Deception: Asia
You are hungry and go to lunch at a local restaurant with colorful cuisine. A polite waiter brings a menu that shows quite decent prices for the most popular national dishes. The order is made. The waiter leaves. And disappears from your life forever. Because the bill brings you a completely different person. The amount in the check is much larger than the amount you were counting on.
You start to get nervous and ask to bring a menu. The administration of the restaurant fulfills your request. To your utter surprise, you see that the menu shows completely different prices. You demand to call that very first waiter. Describe his signs. But no one saw him. The restaurant staff says that such a person does not work for them. You are caught. And forced to pay.
It is difficult to find a way out of this situation. You need to test the institution and mark for yourself those places that you trust.
If you nevertheless fell for the trick of fraudsters, and you were robbed in a foreign country, try to find the Russian consulate. It’s not a fact that employees will definitely help solve your problems, but you can always call relatives from the consulate and ask for their help. Take care of yourself and your wallet!