A friend emailed me this information about travelers falling victim to scams while they are overseas. USA Today reported a frequent traveler had been scammed while in Beijing. I would like to share this with my readers who love to travel the world. You might not know what the nightmare is when on a foreign soil.
Scammers target traveler because they are easy target since they are new to the location and not well verse about it. They too do not have much time to stay over a longer period and these scammers hits and the possibility getting out safe is high when the victim has to leave.
USA Today also reported about scams at other places such as Argentina, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Isreal, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Thailand and United Kingdom.
At the end of the article USA Today also list out some tips on how to stay safe when oversea.
The State Department offers tips that may help travelers avoid being victims of scams or petty crimes abroad:
Before departing, read the warnings and alerts on the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs site for the country you are traveling to.
Don’t bring valuables and irreplaceable items, but, if you do, use a hotel’s safe. Carry only the cash, credit cards and belongings needed for each outing.
Put your passport in a pocket with a zipper or another safe enclosure.
Be very cautious when using ATMs to protect against theft of card information.
Be wary of people who aim to extort a bribe by posing as undercover police or public transportation inspectors.