There are many ways that scammers take advantage of unsuspecting tourists, but more common schemes can be avoided if travelers stay alert, and take a few basic precautions.
For one thing, tourists should always be wary of anything offered for “free,” and of special deals that seem too good to be true.
The oft-repeated advice to stay alert and watch your valuables is true no matter where you are. Travelers should also have a plan in case something goes wrong, including keeping some extra cash and identification in a safe spot, and knowing who to contact for help in a given destination.
The following rundown of scams, categorized by type and location, provides a solid primer for tourists. Check out these common tactics before your next trip, so you won’t have to learn the hard way: