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(When On Earth)   If you're traveling abroad just assume every attractive woman, rickshaw operator, and street urchin is trying to scam you out of your money   (whenonearth.net ) divider line
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2014-04-30 10:04:41 AM  
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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 09:59:19 AM  
2 votes:
"... 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 09:56:28 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:14:28 PM  
1 vote:
Been to Mexico and Jamaica and there are entire subcultures which exist to part the tourist from his money the easy way -- or the hard way.

Depending on where you go, crime is rife and apparently accepted by the locals as a fact of life.

In Mexico I visited a famous Catholic Cathedral -- and was forewarned by the desk clerk at my hotel to be very careful of pick pockets which infest the crowds. I frequently rode the elevator in the company of tiny, incredibly cute women going to or from their Johns in other rooms.

Some of the famous historical sites look really great in the travel videos and brochures -- but when you get there, it's wall to wall tourists, infested with locals trying to sell you over priced everything and the inevitable pickpocket.

Quite often, especially in third world nations, talking to a cop about a crime pulled on you does nothing. In Mexico, half the cops respond better to a 'gratuity' (bribe).

You certainly don't want to get arrested, because most foreign legal systems aint like the US and you can wind up sitting for days in a crappy, stinking holding cell, being served shiat food, trying to unravel the confusing and often misleading judicial systems.

Then, you'll probably have to watch out for local foods, especially in places off the tourist track. Their sense of hygiene in 'native' kitchens tends to be lacking. A lot of tourists get the urge to 'experience the native cuisine' and regret it anywhere from 12 hours to three days later.

Plus the cruise ship I took to Jamaica was Italian and dealt mainly with US citizens. However, the ships doctor couldn't speak English, nor could his assistants. That made for some interesting diagnosis'.

I now restrict my travel within the US.
2014-04-30 12:32:21 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:13:02 PM  
1 vote:

gimlet: I have traveled a lot and lived in tourist towns. My advice:
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That was all very good advice. What the hell is this doing on Fark?
2014-04-30 10:35:32 AM  
1 vote:
Why would I stop assuming attractive woman are trying to scam me, just because I'm traveling abroad?
2014-04-30 10:10:40 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:01:40 AM  
1 vote:

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 09:59:07 AM  
1 vote:
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 09:49:21 AM  
1 vote:
Also don't give any money to monkeys wearing human doll masks. Even if they are playing a guitar.
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