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2014-04-30 09:06:39 AM
But the guys selling tiny Effiel Tower souvenirs on blankets for €15.37 each are totally legit.
 
2014-04-30 09:49:21 AM
Also don't give any money to monkeys wearing human doll masks. Even if they are playing a guitar.
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2014-04-30 09:56:28 AM

Walker: Also don't give any money to monkeys wearing human doll masks. Even if they are playing a guitar.


That is super creepy.
 
2014-04-30 09:57:45 AM
Stay away from bars or restaurants with ladies who look like being used to sell their bodies...

You can't make me!
 
2014-04-30 09:59:07 AM
scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.
 
2014-04-30 09:59:12 AM
Hmm.  DRTFA, but it sounds like they've been to Cusco.

/still love to go back.
 
2014-04-30 09:59:19 AM
"... just assume every attractive woman, rickshaw operator, and street urchin is trying to scam you out of your money"

Hell, I pretty much make that assumption sitting here reading FARK comments.
 
2014-04-30 10:01:27 AM
If I want to travel to a foreign country, I'll visit the World Showcase at Disney World! There's no Paris like an American Paris.
 
2014-04-30 10:01:40 AM

Facetious_Speciest: Stay away from bars or restaurants with ladies who look like being used to sell their bodies...

You can't make me!


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2014-04-30 10:01:40 AM

Headso: scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.


Oh god.  India.  I can only imagine.  There are times where India is like Disney with the safeties off.
 
2014-04-30 10:02:24 AM
I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American
 
2014-04-30 10:03:24 AM
Manila
 
2014-04-30 10:03:29 AM
If you're traveling abroad...

I always travel a dude.
 
2014-04-30 10:03:34 AM
Also, stay away from people who start singalongs of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" while you're waiting at a bus stop.
 
2014-04-30 10:03:39 AM

cgraves67: Walker: Also don't give any money to monkeys wearing human doll masks. Even if they are playing a guitar.

That is super creepy.


Agreed.

Dancing monkeys been around long time, though first time I've seen pictures of them wearing dolls heads and masks.

Shouldn't be a surprise, but still, damn that's creepy looking.
 
2014-04-30 10:04:01 AM
In Tj. once my friend and I had paid to watch the "donkey show" and it was a dude.  We got scammed. Big time.  Apparently they forgot about that one.
 
2014-04-30 10:04:35 AM
FTFA:  Stay away from drugs when abroad especially in places known to have scams like these. Don't accept invitations from strangers, watch your drinks, don't get too drunk, and be in control.

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2014-04-30 10:04:41 AM
If you're the type of person to fall for scams easily or are paranoid about ever getting tricked AND you don't speak the language of where you are going; you probably shouldn't leave the US to begin with.

I've been scammed abroad, it happens.  You're not on your home turf so its hard to get a sense of who you can trust.  Don't give up your passport for any reason and all you'll lose is a bit of money and some pride.  Vacationing like a scared animal because you don't want to risk being scammed is not a vacation, take a damn risk.  I always looked at it as a "I don't speak the language" tax where if I was fluent in Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese/etc I could have avoided the situation; like when I paid an extra 60,000 dong (Vietnamese money) for a meal because I was ignorant.  Did I lose my temper?  Hell no, they scammed me out of a grand total of 4 bucks.  I saw it as a donation to their children's welfare and had a wonderful rest of the trip.
 
2014-04-30 10:04:43 AM

fireclown: Headso: scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.

Oh god.  India.  I can only imagine.  There are times where India is like Disney with the safeties off.


ahhhh man look at the line for the ring of death ride we're never going to get a turn!!

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2014-04-30 10:07:37 AM

gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American


Millions of American men want to believe this, despite the fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows what's really going on.  This is why I have no sympathy for these numbnutz who get scammed year after year.
 
2014-04-30 10:10:40 AM

gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American




That's why Rush always goes for the kids
 
2014-04-30 10:10:55 AM

Headso: scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.


Scam City is completely fake, all the criminals and scammers are hired actors.
 
2014-04-30 10:12:36 AM

Headso: fireclown: Headso: scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.

Oh god.  India.  I can only imagine.  There are times where India is like Disney with the safeties off.

ahhhh man look at the line for the ring of death ride we're never going to get a turn!!

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Indian bullfighting is also utterly insane.  In ways both good and bad.
 
2014-04-30 10:13:19 AM
The Southern Logic Company:  like when I paid an extra 60,000 dong (Vietnamese money) for a meal because I was ignorant.

In a row?
 
2014-04-30 10:14:06 AM
I tell 'em: "I don't panhandle worth a shiat,"
Works
 
2014-04-30 10:14:54 AM
Note: Some scams you're often better off coughing up a few bucks.

Example - you're in Dubai getting a taxi back to your hotel after having a few drinks with dinner. Your taxi driver demands 20 bucks or he'll call the police and accuse you of being drunk and disorderly - just pay up. The best case if you refuse is several hours of your life gone dealing with Dubai cops, worst case they arrest you and toss you in jail for a month or so.
 
2014-04-30 10:16:00 AM
shiat I don't even need to be abroad to think like that. When I'm walking around I expect any given person to attemp to scam or mug me at any time. Paranoid? Maybe, but a mugger is going to get an instant surprise knife to the throat should he ever step up to me and try that shiat. Even better, I could scam to legal system and blame my military training and PTSD and get off scot free.
 
2014-04-30 10:21:23 AM
I just got back from the dominican and I gotta say subby is pretty much right. Infact the only people that didn't out and out try to steal from me was the dope dealers.
 
2014-04-30 10:26:43 AM

Fissile: gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American

Millions of American men want to believe this, despite the fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows what's really going on.  This is why I have no sympathy for these numbnutz who get scammed year after year.


I just saw a Wing House commercial featuring a handful of pasty fat men in their fifties and a lot of hot 20 year old babes.. I had a real tough time determining if it was tongue in cheek or if their marketing team really is trying to say these hot young women will totally be drooling all over you if you come to Wing House. It was a very strange commercial.
 
2014-04-30 10:30:04 AM
I was scammed in Mexico into staying at a questionable hotel in the mountains by the hotel operator who told me the last bus out departed an hour later than it actually does.

But the hotel room cost $12 so instead of being angry, we just laughed about it.

Also, if you ask a questionable hotel operator if the room has heat, get a visual confirmation on this, because in some places, extra blankets means "has heat".

I had a great time and would go back.
 
2014-04-30 10:30:07 AM

Cerebral Ballsy: Fissile: gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American

Millions of American men want to believe this, despite the fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows what's really going on.  This is why I have no sympathy for these numbnutz who get scammed year after year.

I just saw a Wing House commercial featuring a handful of pasty fat men in their fifties and a lot of hot 20 year old babes.. I had a real tough time determining if it was tongue in cheek or if their marketing team really is trying to say these hot young women will totally be drooling all over you if you come to Wing House. It was a very strange commercial.


Clearly you've never been to the Wing Bowl

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2014-04-30 10:35:32 AM
Why would I stop assuming attractive woman are trying to scam me, just because I'm traveling abroad?
 
2014-04-30 10:37:26 AM

Dirty J1: shiat I don't even need to be abroad to think like that. When I'm walking around I expect any given person to attemp to scam or mug me at any time. Paranoid? Maybe, but a mugger is going to get an instant surprise knife to the throat should he ever step up to me and try that shiat. Even better, I could scam to legal system and blame my military training and PTSD and get off scot free.


notsureifserious.jpg, but if so you're living a miserable life for no reason. Around 80-90% percent of people you see on the street in any country just want to go about their business of the day. They have little more than a passing interest in you, even if you're an obvious foreigner.

Enjoy that imaginary target on your back.
 
2014-04-30 10:38:35 AM

LandOfChocolate: Clearly you've never been to the Wing Bowl


*Goes GIS for "wing bowl"*

Wowzaaas...
 
2014-04-30 10:47:11 AM

LandOfChocolate: Cerebral Ballsy: Fissile: gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American

Millions of American men want to believe this, despite the fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows what's really going on.  This is why I have no sympathy for these numbnutz who get scammed year after year.

I just saw a Wing House commercial featuring a handful of pasty fat men in their fifties and a lot of hot 20 year old babes.. I had a real tough time determining if it was tongue in cheek or if their marketing team really is trying to say these hot young women will totally be drooling all over you if you come to Wing House. It was a very strange commercial.

Clearly you've never been to the Wing Bowl

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2014-04-30 10:49:31 AM

Dirty J1: shiat I don't even need to be abroad to think like that. When I'm walking around I expect any given person to attemp to scam or mug me at any time. Paranoid? Maybe, but a mugger is going to get an instant surprise knife to the throat should he ever step up to me and try that shiat. Even better, I could scam to legal system and blame my military training and PTSD and get off scot free.


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2014-04-30 10:49:44 AM
"Just always keep an eye"
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2014-04-30 10:56:05 AM

LandOfChocolate: Cerebral Ballsy: Fissile: gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American

Millions of American men want to believe this, despite the fact that anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows what's really going on.  This is why I have no sympathy for these numbnutz who get scammed year after year.

I just saw a Wing House commercial featuring a handful of pasty fat men in their fifties and a lot of hot 20 year old babes.. I had a real tough time determining if it was tongue in cheek or if their marketing team really is trying to say these hot young women will totally be drooling all over you if you come to Wing House. It was a very strange commercial.

Clearly you've never been to the Wing Bowl


The men in these pics are 10s compared to the lumps in the Wing House commercial that I saw. Think: 400 pound bellied white guy swinging his gut around and surrounded by hotties hugging him and fondling him.
 
2014-04-30 10:59:54 AM

gilatrout: I still believe all those attractive foreign women wanted to have sex with a lumpy overweight American


They do if you pay them.
 
2014-04-30 11:08:44 AM
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2014-04-30 11:16:27 AM
Right, because things like that would never happen in our wholesome cities like LA, NY, Vegas and NOLA.
 
2014-04-30 11:23:31 AM
But what if I'm trying to buy out all the dollhead wearing monkeys to establish my own dollhead-wearing-monkey market dominance?
 
2014-04-30 11:23:48 AM
I have traveled a lot and lived in tourist towns. My advice:

"No" is universal but works best when you look away after giving a polite smile.

Any sign of interest/sympathy from you is a green light to sell.

Always keep small bills in your pocket. Pulling out a bank roll will attract attention.

Keep the bulk of your money/credit cards/passport in a money belt. If you don't have a money belt, Google it up and purchase one.

If you take a picture with someone PAY THEM. This is not Disney world and they did not dress up for your amusement.

Street games are not regulated...... You will lose.. Enjoy the experience instead of trying to win.

Losing/spending/donating/giving money to the common folk is OK and fun. Everyone has needs and the least you can do is spread around your good fortune.

Most people are not crooks so don't act like they are.

Dress down.. Hiking clothes are very comfortable, easy to clean, and attract virtually NO attention.

Attempt to speak the language, eat the food, and embrace the culture.  Spending money does not give you the right to disrupt their way of life or impose your will. If you wanted "familiar" stay home.
 
2014-04-30 11:32:07 AM
I ran into a scam when I was visiting Canada. I went to a shop just over the border, and I got some snacks, and the cashier said it would be about 6 dollars. So I gave her a 20. She hands me back this monopoly money with some dumb biatch's picture on it.

I ask her what the fark that was, and she tries to convince me that those *were* dollars she gave me. I threw the bills in her face (along with some chuck e cheese tokens with moose and beavers on them) and told her she better give me some real money.
 
2014-04-30 11:36:14 AM

fireclown: Headso: scam city is a pretty decent show about this, the one where he went to india was crazy... he was able to get a death certificate for himself.

Oh god.  India.  I can only imagine.  There are times where India is like Disney with the safeties off.


Yeah, TFA was pretty lame... just watch Slumdog Millionaire and you'll pretty much see how things work.
 
2014-04-30 12:13:02 PM

gimlet: I have traveled a lot and lived in tourist towns. My advice:
...


That was all very good advice. What the hell is this doing on Fark?
 
2014-04-30 12:19:28 PM

bacchanalias and consequences: Dirty J1: shiat I don't even need to be abroad to think like that. When I'm walking around I expect any given person to attemp to scam or mug me at any time. Paranoid? Maybe, but a mugger is going to get an instant surprise knife to the throat should he ever step up to me and try that shiat. Even better, I could scam to legal system and blame my military training and PTSD and get off scot free.

notsureifserious.jpg, but if so you're living a miserable life for no reason. Around 80-90% percent of people you see on the street in any country just want to go about their business of the day. They have little more than a passing interest in you, even if you're an obvious foreigner.

Enjoy that imaginary target on your back.


Who says I have a miserable life? All the time I've spent in Iraq where our credo was "be prepared to kill anyone you meet" has just been engrained into me. I'm not sitting in my house in the dark with a shotgun in my lap while i stay awake at night. I just assume that anyone i don't know is a potential mugger/killer and I'm hard wired to be prepared. Could be a low grade of PTSD, but since it could potentially mean my life or someone else's, I'm going to embrace it rather than cure it.
 
2014-04-30 12:32:21 PM

friendinpa: Right, because things like that would never happen in our wholesome cities like LA, NY, Vegas and NOLA.


Betcha I can tell you where you got those shoes.
 
2014-04-30 12:58:01 PM

Kid Shelleen: friendinpa: Right, because things like that would never happen in our wholesome cities like LA, NY, Vegas and NOLA.

Betcha I can tell you where you got those shoes.


You gots dem shoes on the good ole streets of New Awlins!
 
2014-04-30 01:07:53 PM
I think I'll just stay under my bed thanks.
 
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