8 Popular Travel Scams You Should Know About
Don’t let these clever scams ruin your vacation.
Sketchy Cab Drivers
A common scam vacationers run into is the cabbie who insists on unloading your bags for you from the trunk, appears in a rush and is gone in a flash after handling your bags. It’s only after you’re left in the dust that you realize one of your bags is missing. Or worse, the minute you get out, the cabbie drives off with your luggage in the trunk. Get the driver’s name, cab # and company during the ride so you’re prepared if something goes awry. If you’re with a companion, have him or her grab your bags while you stay in the back seat. Or keep your bags with you in the back seat and dodge his sticky fingers altogether.
It wouldn’t be a trip to the Big Apple without someone trying to hawk something for you to buy. Typically a “no thank you” works but sometimes things can escalate. A good example is Times Square’s so-called “CD bullies”. They hand you a “free” copy of their CD and will even autograph it for you– how nice, right? Yet it’s not until it’s already in your hands that the aspiring rapper will demand 10 bucks and refuse to take it back, with the help of his intimidating friends on cue. If you get stuck in this NYC trap, just gently place the CD on the ground and flee the scene.