- Travellers may have car tyres deliberately punctured before a ‘kindhearted’ stranger robs them while helping in Italy
- Czech scammers are posing as fake police and accusing tourists of ‘crime’ before then asking them for their wallets
- In Hungary, counterfeit notes passed on by taxi drivers and street money changers could leave you short of cash
Most of us are vigilant when it comes to travelling to a new destination but a new infographic has revealed a series of scams that might surprise the most seasoned of travellers.
The scams are currently being used to target tourists in different European countries and include everything from fake police officers in the Czech Republic to counterfeit money in Hungary.
Luckily, there are always ways to avoid getting caught out or to handle a tricky situation.
The infographic, created by insurance providers AIG, revealed that cars travelling on the motorways between Naples and Salerno in Italy could be targeted by ‘Highway Pirates’.
They deliberately puncture your types, causing you to stop, before robbing you while pretending to lend a hand.
In the Czech Republic, you could be in a different kind of trouble if you’re stopped by a plain-clothes police officer.
Scammers are said to be posing as police, while extorting money from unsuspecting tourists by accusing them of a crime.
Currency is another situation where travellers could be duped.
Street money changers and taxi drivers in Hungary have been known to pass counterfeit bills to tourists.
If you’re travelling to the country, it could be worth familiarising yourself with the seven security features that’s on every single note.
Even when you go into seemingly legitimate establishments, you could end up paying more than you bargained for.
In Croatia, some bars and restaurants are known to levy extortionate ‘surcharges’ onto your bill and you may even be threatened if you fail to pay up.
It just shows – vigilance might not always be enough when it comes to travel scams.
Bars and restaurants in Croatia could charge you extortionate bills while in Poland, some unregulated taxi drivers will try and overcharge you fares
Originally posted 2016-02-17 02:39:46.