A Handy Guide To Avoiding Travel Scams

A Handy Guide To Avoiding Travel Scams
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Going on a holiday? Check out this guide, and do not let scams cast a shadow over your much-awaited trip

Alok K Singh
October 09 , 2022
02 Min Read

Tourists are exposed to travel fraud. Travel scams are a threat; not only does the unwary fall victim, but scammers and robbers also prey on experienced travellers. Travel scams occur all over the world, so you must be cautious when travelling. Be careful if you plan a trip to a busy tourist area. Here are some common travel scams you should know about.

Free WiFi


Do not connect your phone to a free WiFi that doesn't require a password to enter. It might be a hacker's hotspot that can intrude into your personal data. Always verify the login details with the staff when going to a store, cafe, or public place.

Fraudulent Charging Ports

The public phone charging ports in the airport post-security kiosks are safer because they are set up in restricted locations. However, avoid connecting your phone to a public charging station in high-traffic areas open to the general public, as the cables might install malware onto your device, which can steal your data.

Card Skimming

Credit cards and debit card skimming are standard in foreign countries. This happens when someone takes your card for a usual transaction and illegally copies information from your card's magnetic strip. To reduce such risks, pay with cash or UPI, and ask for your card back if you feel anything suspicious is happening. Never ever share your PIN with anyone.


This usually happens in crowded places. Pickpockets adopt different ways to distract you. This may include a crowd of beggars jostling you or a group of people bumping into you publicly or offering help. This can be avoided by staying alert, being circumspect about unusual events, and keeping valuables in harder-to-access pockets.

Broken Taxi Meters

Unmetered taxis and unlicensed drivers often operate from airports to major tourist destinations. They charge flat-rate fees. In many cases, the cost is much higher than metered fares. Sometimes they take you to shops and eating joints where they receive a commission, and you may be overcharged. To protect yourself from such scams, use licensed and metered taxis only; try to negotiate; and consider calling Lyft, Uber, etc.

Trinkets and Fortunes

Popular international tourist destinations may have scammers that appear to be generous, often offering small valuable items. It's all fine until they demand massive money in return or hypnotise you. To avoid such situations, walk away instead of striking up a conversation. Even if it's too late, try to return the valuable item and walk away.


This scam is being carried out by an acquaintance or friend requesting you to take a package across the border. They may offer money in return, but these kinds of scams can lead to trouble as the bag may contain drugs or illegal items. Be vigilant and try not to carry any packages for someone whom you have just met, and even if you are taking one for someone you trust, make sure to find out what's inside.

Note: This is a authored article written by  Alok K Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Travomint 



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