Top Travel Scams

Vacations should be a time to relax, have fun with the family, and forget about all the stresses of work and normal every day life, unfortunately for some vacations and traveling bring about their own stresses. The amount of people who are being scammed when they travel is increasing at an alarming rate. If you are planning a vacation or will be traveling soon, make sure you are not scammed. Here are the most commons scams while traveling.

The Hotel Front Desk Credit Card Scam

After a long day of traveling, you finally make it to your hotel. You check in, head to your room, and rest. After a few hours the phone in your rooms rings. It is the front desk, and they are saying there was a problem processing your credit card. They ask for your credit card information over the phone, and offer you a discounted rate for the trouble. What just happened? Someone pretending to work for the hotel just called your room, and now they have your credit card information.

At Your Service

If your order room service, all charges for food should be placed against the credit card that the hotel has on file. If your waiter or waitress demands that they be paid for the food by cash or by credit card, tell them to (respectfully) go away, if not the egg on your plate may end up on your face.

The Distract and Lift

It does not matter whee you travel to, you always need to keep your wits about you. One of the most common scams is the distract and lift. For example, you are at an ATM and a nice old lay asks you a question. With you attention diverted to her, her accomplice jumps in and takes your cash that the ATM has dispensed. Pickpockets use the same technique.

Public Transportation

Public transportation in many countries is not regulated. This means that public transportation is a massive breeding ground for scams. When in a foreign land, one of the quickest ways to get from A to B is by Taxi. Before you jump in the taxi, make sure you agree upon a reasonable fee upfront. There have been horror stories from many people who say that they were charged $50 or more for a three to four mile taxi ride.

The dropped wallet

Taking a vacation to a new land can be exciting, but unfortunately there are people there who do prey on those on vacation, One of the oldest tricks in the book is called the dropped wallet. You are walking down a busy street and you see a wallet on the floor. You pick it up so that you can take it to a local police station, all of a sudden someone screams at you and accuses you of theft. They then demand money from your wallet so that you stay out of the hands of the police.

The Timeshare

The classic timeshare scam is still alive and kicking. Tourists are lured to high pressure sales pitches with a promise that at the end of the presentation they will receive a high dollar gift. To get the gift, the customer must pay an extortionate amount of money for shipping and handling. When you get back home, you find that your gift has arrived and then you find out that the gift is far less valuable than the amount it was to ship it.

It is easy to be taken advantage of when you travel to a foreign land. Just to be on the safe side always keep your wits about you. Never let your money, or your credit card out of your sight. Only pay after you receive a service, and never give your credit card information to anyone over the phone.

This guest post is by Brett Day,  from Moore, Oklahoma. He is a featured contributor for Yahoo! Contributor Network in Technology. He has a huge interest in the world of technology, home theater, and video games. Brett loves writing and sharing his knowledge on all of these subjects.