How can you spot and deal with travel scams when on your holiday? Here’s some travel safety tips to help you avoid tourist scams.

http://grrrltraveler.com/travel-tips-3/how-to-deal-with-travel-scams/ (additional information) Travel Tips: Avoiding Tourist Scams

How to avoid tourist scams when you travel

Many countries have their particular set of scam artists and touts, which focus on tourists. Scam artists and touts can come in all shapes and sizes. Never underestimate the elderly or children. Also, there are many different levels of scams. The majority of them are swindlers, looking to part you from your money. But enter questionable or secluded areas alone with a scam artist and you could widen the potential of that crime. In extreme or desperate cases, the crime can turn towards violence, like in the case of Sarai Sierra, who was found dead in Turkey.

Do research in advance. Read your guidebook for tips on common tourist scams for the country you’re traveling to. Research alone will help greatly. The rest is up to you and how much of a street smart traveler you can be.

For more information on how to deal with scams or some of the scams I’ve been through, click on the website link above.
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How to Deal with Travel Scams

If you haven’t checked out my travel safety tips, please do so and keep in mind… while our naivete of a foreign culture may not help us avoid getting into a scam, we can avoid going deeper. In my video “How to Deal with Travel Scams”, I only gave one example of a scam I commonly found in my travels as well as, a few personal examples and how I deal with them. The ones I’ve just shared above with you are off-video.

1. Extract yourself ASAP. (Start thinking of how you’re going to get away)

2. Be Firm

3. Never go into dark or secluded areas where people can’t see you or hear you scream.

4. If you do go into those places, excuse yourself. Think of an excuse to leave immediately~

5. Scan your environment to see who might be able to help.

For more of this story, click on link above. My post has additional information.

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37 Comments

  1. Pi

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Nice tips! I can share here. Imagine a 25tear old traveling all over Mexico… anyways. I’ve faked being deaf, veeery dumb, dealer, oh this is a good one: I have diarrea or I urgent need to pee 😉

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  2. Vidar Axelsson

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Tips! Outweird the weirdos. Like use the excuse of having to immediately change your tampon to get out of any situation. Regardless of your gender. Also, best way to defuse anger is with confusion. Prepare the weirdest question to "ask" someone who is ramped up. And continue to seem completely oblivious to the anger, asking follow ups or giving far fetched explanations to the question. It usually forces the other one to think, which quells the adrenaline.

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  3. Maria DeArman

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    4:10 One of a really good excuse if you feel trapped, tell your "guide" that if he/she could guide you back to your "hotel" because ALL your money is in the safe in your room, and you want him/her to help you shop for things to send back home. Of course, once you're in a safe place, then just get rid of them.

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  4. Abdul Haqq Muhammad

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Christine. Good that you mentioned you trust women dressed in burkas, which means to me that you trust Muslim women. Thank you.

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  5. Bionity

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Ok I will run toward a woman to ask for help. And she is going to be scared and will run to another woman. The situation will escalate quickly, but the scamer would have left the scene 😀

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  6. akash tyagi

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    You are right, I got scammed in Beijing by friendly old looking man in front of forbidden city, lured us into tea shop ,

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  7. Pfsif

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    If they come up to you, it's a scam.

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  8. Exposing Liars

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I got so sick of being scammed and harassed in Southern Thailand for a taxi that I started telling them and flicking them off. They seem to understand that. Also, I solved a lot of my scam approachers by using Uber. Uber is growing in Thailand.

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  9. Exposing Liars

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I actually got scammed my first hour in Bangkok. Of course the airport taxi was 550 Bhat. Then, later, I realized I can take the train to downtown for 40 Bhat. ahhahaah.

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  10. Antwan Johnson

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    This is pretty scary. especially when they took you to the area that is off limits to foreigners. What happened?!

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  11. vivek kalluri

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    well,guru's or baba's shouldnt have enough time to take you around a tourist spot i guess so its most probably he is trying to scam the problem in India is many people look like the one in video during festival time

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  12. Ken Dakiqdam

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Solo traveling is not a good and safe thing to do as the world is filled with full of lies. But thanks for the tips.

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  13. acajudi100

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    judi Grace storycorps.Let go and let God.Thank you.thank you.

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  14. acajudi100

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    your phone willbe snatched, backpack off motorbike, carry locks in socks, and icepick in oven mitt, knives etc. scream FIRE and not HELP. pretend aman comingisyour husband! block your doors and widows. put alarms on doors, and have weapons to protect yourselves! razor placed you knowwhere will slice him

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  15. Isaac Cepeda

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I had a recent experience in Athens, when I was walking towards the Acropolis museum, an old man approached me very casually asking whether or not I was Mexican, I without thinking twice said yes, and then the man carried a long conversation on how he loves Mexico, long story short he takes me to a lonely restaurant to have some food and later takes me to a bar called "Reina Bar" which already looked suspicious since he left me alone for a couple minutes, then after some young ladies at the bar try to ask you if you can buy them drinks and will insist, I kept saying no till they got frustrated in the end I spent like 70 euro at that bar for only 3 drinks. I knew it was a scam for commission once I saw another American man being accompanied by another old man, he probably got charged way more since he was buying drinks for everyone. Moral of the story even old people who seem genuine to show you around can't be trusted if they take you to lonely restaurants/bar.

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  16. Lloyd Wright

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Christine you are one very very smart cookie,,,,well done…if I get
    The chance of going oversees I shall look at great videos of you in giving excellent advice on
    Travelling.. I have seen most of them, I love them all. More please..take care..

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  17. streeteats

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    A good general rule to avoid them is be aware of taxi drivers wanting to take you anywhere you didn't request. It well always be an over priced ripoff of peer quality that they get a cut on. If they insist on taking you demand they pull over. Always know the emergency number for police and take out your phone, recite the number and threaten to call even if you phone doesn't work. Carry a placebo.

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  18. Cody

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    would you recommend couch surfing?

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  19. Logeshwaran Arya

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Christine, I have small tip that might work for walkies, which i use all the time. Pick a point; like hotel u stay get the concierge to point it in ur map , best of it all the tallest building u can see pin point it in a map & work your maze from that point. Like central point of a compass. Don't look at the map everywhere this just creates scammies for u. Look at it in a restaurant remember ur central point and walk on the path that u just read, shop around & if ur lost, just get back to the central point, while walking there is no 1 way street.

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  20. Logeshwaran Arya

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Grrrl Traveler thanks for the good tips, works for guys too. There are some scam guys just live with it or just move on but there are some really gets on your nerves & ruin your holiday. I am Malaysian guy backpacked with friends to India and found out this ;
    Never get your feelings carried away; like a women carrying a child begging for money.
    Never ever give a single cent to a beggar in India, if u give 1 there will be 100's of them around you & this is where pickpockets will be. They will take what ever they can get their hands on u & u cant do nothing, for a girl its worst of the worst.
    How to get out of this situation?
    Don't bother giving money, say no once or twice & walk away don't create attention to yourself, they might even follow & scold u, just keep walking, if can't loose them try walking into a places like restaurant, book shop or a shop which looks safe. if u already give the money & surrounded , for a girl; hold your belongings tight & scream.
    For a guy; uhm u are fresh meat.

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  21. Abdul Alasmari

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I'm sorry did she say about women in burqa seems to her????

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  22. Yodida Bhutia

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I want to share what happened to me in Rome. I went on my own alone to Trevi fountain, while returning it became slightly dark in evening and I reached Barberini metro station, but I didnt know I was followed by gang to pickpocketers. Train came and stopped and suddenly I saw the crowd, knowingly I didnt get in, these adolescence boys and girls got frustrated and came out of train and pushed me with shoulder and when I also showed my defence reaction, one even tried to spit back, Thankfully train stood for a while, in a split of second I decided to get into the train because from the side of my eyes I could see bigger males must be pickpocketers.Train immediately moved and I was shivering with fear in train and after a while I came to my sense, a lady standing beside me had already opened my front hanged bag, she had covered her hand with her big bag. It was scary. But later I realised I looked tourist carrying camera on the neck, from the second day, I hid my camera in my bag and looked less tourist.

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  23. Jamie's Ecstasy

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    hi, I love your videos, I'm travelling thailand & malaysia alone , do you have any suggestions for me

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  24. Yodida Bhutia

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you. I am travelling solo to Rome and Paris, can you tell me some tips to be safe. I am sort of worried.

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  25. Kiyan Riahi

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    you look pretty.

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  26. Explore France

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This is essential. 🙂

    Reply

  27. Guapo Vagabondz Tales

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Great video and awesome advice. I've encountered a few scams in travel but thankfully I always got out of em. I feel like traveling alone, you hone your instincts better than other travellers because you have to rely on yourself. 

    Funny about that Japanese lady. You always think of Japan as safe.

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  28. JimbobVlogs

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I'm absolutely desperate to travel and I'd love to do it alone! I'm going to Spain this summer holiday but I'm staying with relatives, I'm afraid I'm going to want to go places alone with no clue where I'm going and they're not going to let me… I understand that I'm young (I'm only 16) and they're going to worry but at the same time I want to explore and I want that experience to be personal (not be constantly watched). Any advise?? :/

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  29. ZowCowNow

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I like your commentary.  Very accurate and truthful   Thanks…..I'll be a subscriber for life.

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  30. yamini sharma

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    thanks christine very valuable tips u hv shared to us..

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  31. Monkey Abroad

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Christine, I can't believe I haven't found your channel already. Love videos about teaching & traveling in Asia. I was scammed in Beijing, but it was worth it to learn my lesson and to have a story.

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  32. Jay Sang

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Also the Jet Ski Scam. Use the 'Master of Agreement'. Powerful psychological weapon! Showing me 'old damage' for 6000Baht! Never disagree BUT don't agree either. Lots of big guys turned their heads in my direction when I gave him an insurance form to complete and I asked for a sample to be sent off for analysis for my insurance company. He was reluctant and I persisted I was trying to help him get his money for any damage caused by me ASAP. I phoned the tourist police to 'assist'. (You get up to 5 years for false insurance claims in Thailand!). Eventually after he had a long chit-chat with the officer he relented to calling me names in Thai under his breath when I offered to shake his hand and say "everyone makes honest mistakes , no hard feelings mate!"

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  33. Jay Sang

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I got a free Tuk-Tuk ride all around Bangkok! He took me to tailors , temples, diamonds shops (all 'scams'). I just spent 5 mins and took their card and said I'd call them later. Got back in the Tuk-Tuk. I wanted to video all around Bangkok by day from a Tuk-Tuk. Got a free ride all around Bangkok for a couple of hours for free. It was great! Got just what I wanted! When the Scamee becomes the Scammer, Scammers beware! (The Tuk-Tuk driver was not out of pocket because he got lots of petrol vouchers – from the 'shops', so he was happy too!) Great!

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  34. Jay Sang

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    A good way to get rid of people who pester you for goods/services is to put your hand in-front of their eyes WITHOUT TOUCHING THEM. (Don't ever touch anyone without their consent – ever!) When they move their head or change position or back off move and keep your hand always directly in-front of their eyes. Keep at it until they start to feel vulnerable and insecure. Now your in the driving seat. It's a courageous 'no fear' move that is not illegal. It un-nerves the opponent and causes a psychological role reversal where they then become the 'target' and not you. Gets past the language barrier very quick. Very effective.

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  35. Ayngelina Brogan

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Scammed and robbed are two different things and I've experienced both multiple times but honestly the best thing to do is just move on and not worry too much about it – sadly it's just another part of travel.

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  36. Steve Miller

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Great tips from @GRRRL TRAVELER 

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  37. Red Dragon Diaries

    September 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Good info for anyone.

    I fell for one of those Bangkok boat ride recruiters.  The ride was nice and all and I had it all to myself, but I knew right when I got on the boat that I was just put together.

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