8 Popular Travel Scams You Should Know About
Don’t let these clever scams ruin your vacation.
The Fake Baby Scam
Ah, Rome. The land of the infamous fake baby trick. This scam works by a woman tripping and throwing her bundled “baby” right into your line of fire so you’ll have to try and save it. While you’re enthralled with what’s probably a sack of flour in a scarf, thieves will be taking your camera bag or anything else you’ve left behind in pursuit of saving this woman’s baby. They’re really good. Another common gypsy endeavor happens when a small child comes up to you to give you a flower, while another one is picking through your purse or pockets behind you. Beware of anyone tripping and tossing their baby, or any other weird situations. It’s most likely a distraction.
“Free” Massages on the Beach
Who wouldn’t want a free massage while basking in the sun on the beach? This scam is super common on the beaches in South America, like Colombia’s Baru Islands Playa Blanca. You’ll be soaking up the sun when a woman comes up and begins massaging you, as a “gift.” Creepy, but great! Yet after you’ve enjoyed the treat, she’ll ask for about $10 in pesos for her services. When traveling, it’s important to remember that nothing is actually free, so expect local opportunists to charge you for just about anything they do for you.