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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe like 3 bucks. when I went to Jerusalem the vendors there were some of the most aggressive homosexuals I had ever encountered to that point. I basically gave this kid 3 dollars for some shitty necklace so he could leave me the frick alone.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    they got me once on the ladder scam in Lebanon
    around 300$

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ladder scam?

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Around $20 on some shitty CDs because I wanted "to support the arts". It was my first time traveling and it was to Seattle. gays were swarming around the space needle and I only caught on after I started browsing here kek

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    It is very difficult to pull a scam on me, because I read the energy people are putting off and don't really give a shit about the words they choose to use in their little trust-building exercises. When the words have no relation to the energy, I simply ignore the words, which tends to put the scammers off balance. To put it simply, scammers have a lot more mental activity going on than people who just want to get to know me or do a little honest business. That being said, there is such a thing as someone who starts off wanting to be friends, then after we get to being friends, he thinks that I trust him and .
    Once I paid 12 dollars for a belt that was worth 3 dollars in Mexico, after I broke my old belt and walked in holding my pants up with one hand. The cowboy apparel shop owner wanted 18 dollars at first, and I thought I was getting a good deal by negotiating the discount - until I visited the big city and saw the same belt for sale in the market. Of course, I made the mistake of telling him I broke my belt as soon as I walked in the door.
    Oh and also I tried to get this drunk homeless youth in Oaxaca to buy weed for me. He put in a good show of showing me the place where the weed was sold and pretending to arrange the purchase with the kids at the skate park. He was smart enough to know exactly how much I was willing to risk on him, which was $5 USD in pesos. (The baggies actually sold for $13 USD equivalent.) I gave him the money, he made sure I waited there "because they are nervous around foreigners", and of course I never saw him again. What the hell, he needed a good meal.
    Can't really think of any other scams or ripoffs I have fallen for. Rounding up for small purchases in the market doesn't qualify as a ripoff in my book.

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    ive probably eaten some crap food because it looked cool and was in prime tourism location

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I got scammed by another gringo in Mexico. Said he was having trouble using his atm card and that he'd get it sorted out in the morning when he could call his bank. Asked for money to settle his hotel bill so they wouldn't kick him out... I think I lost like $50. He disappeared early in the morning.

      A Brazilian rosti vendor, their food was absolute shit.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >A Brazilian rosti vendor
        you were in a germanic pocket of brazil?

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I got scammed by another gringo in Mexico.
        do you think these are the people that show up on the news "honeymoon couple killed on vacation!"

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Would you have given a Mexican fifty dollars if he asked you for it under any pretext?
        I'd have told the gringo to give me something worth well over fifty dollars to hold as collateral.

        I got shoeshine scammed in Istanbul; think I was conned out of about $15. But in his defense, he got me fair and square (I agreed to the shine without asking in advance how much, like a rube), it was a very good shine, and I could afford it. So I accept my defeat.

        Other than that, not a lot. I’m sure I’ve paid inflated prices for quite a lot of meals, but I don’t consider that a scam unless they try to charge you more than is printed on the menu. This actually also happened to me at least once, at a noodle joint in Krabi, Thailand—she asked for twice the price that was painted (with Thai text only) on the wall; surprised that I could read it, she stammered some nonsense about serving farang double portions. And I just paid, anyway, because it was a markup of like $1.50. Annoying, but not surprising. Two-tiered pricing has been a thing since before anyone on this board was born, and will outlive us all, and sperging out about the injustice of it when you’ve already paid a grand or more for your ticket and can obviously afford to spend three bucks on lunch is for people others go out of their way to avoid talking to at parties.

        >we serve you double portion
        That's a good one, thanks for bringing it up. I'll be going to Bangkok in a few weeks, and am looking forward to eating my way through the streets and testing my street savvy against the Thais.
        >price in Thai text
        Gonna make me a slip of paper with Thai words for numbers written next to their corresponding numerals. God, this is gonna be so much fun.

        • 5 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Would you have given a Mexican fifty dollars if he asked you for it under any pretext?
          Frick no. I'd expect some kind of pie in the sky scam attempt from a guy that makes $8/day in Mexico instead of an American who, to his credit, was driving an (older) American plated pickup truck that he had driven into the country and his story seemed credible, he wasn't some hippy backpacker. The only red flag tbh IS that he said he was trying to get to Oaxaca or Chiapas to do some indigenous take mushrooms and howl at the moon woo woo bullshit but he seemed more like blue collar American construction worker type that wouldn't care about that shit and would be looking to coom. What I think really happened is he was facing some kind of charges back in the US, maybe he beat somebody up, maybe someone ratted him out over a drug deal, and he decided to flee. I kinda wonder whatever happened to that guy.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I got shoeshine scammed in Istanbul; think I was conned out of about $15. But in his defense, he got me fair and square (I agreed to the shine without asking in advance how much, like a rube), it was a very good shine, and I could afford it. So I accept my defeat.

    Other than that, not a lot. I’m sure I’ve paid inflated prices for quite a lot of meals, but I don’t consider that a scam unless they try to charge you more than is printed on the menu. This actually also happened to me at least once, at a noodle joint in Krabi, Thailand—she asked for twice the price that was painted (with Thai text only) on the wall; surprised that I could read it, she stammered some nonsense about serving farang double portions. And I just paid, anyway, because it was a markup of like $1.50. Annoying, but not surprising. Two-tiered pricing has been a thing since before anyone on this board was born, and will outlive us all, and sperging out about the injustice of it when you’ve already paid a grand or more for your ticket and can obviously afford to spend three bucks on lunch is for people others go out of their way to avoid talking to at parties.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >you’ve already paid a grand or more for your ticket and can obviously afford to spend three bucks
      I wish I could gas every single useful idiot who's ever used this mongoloidal "you've already spent a million, what's another 10k lmao" non-argument. Stay the frick out of my parties.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Stay the frick out of my parties.
        You don’t have any friends. Why would you try to throw parties?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      A real scam is when you don't even realize you're being fleeced.

      I am doing research on a trip to Morocco next year and it seems like most 'scams' are just crimes of bullying people for their lunch money.

      >sperging out about the injustice of it when you’ve already paid a grand or more for your ticket and can obviously afford to spend three bucks on lunch
      I feel this way too. I was just watching a YT vlogger complaining that the driver didn't turn the meter on for a 1 minute trip that ended up costing $5. Wanted to punch him in the face for being such a massive homosexual.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        In Morocco the problem is if you're a white person travelling alone is they're trying to boost the price a lot for literally everything.
        And even if you know the real price they'll pretend it's 5x higher and don't move until you spent a long time arguing.
        After a few days of this you start being lazy and agree to pay 2$ instead of 1$ for a meal so you can skip the last bit of negotiation.
        I wouldn't call it a scam though because it's in their culture to do that with everyone including their close friends.

        I've never got actually scammed in years of travelling solo for some reason. It feels like Italy and Spain are worse then SEA or the Balkans actually. North Africa has to be on top.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >$15
      Sounds about right for a quality shoeshine. In Manhattan it's now probably $75

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        Oh, I know! This probably wasn’t a $75 in Manhattan-quality shine, but it was competently and thoroughly executed, better than I would have done, and less than I would have paid at home (I was living in San Francisco at the time, where basic “hotel lobby or guy with a stand on the street who is not homeless” shines were going for $20 or $25 and expecting a tip.)

        But it was also some multiple of what it should have cost, or would have cost a local.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        NYC itself is a scam

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    two of my old friends were allegedly really drunk in milan and got approached by a prostitute that turned out to be a troony, somehow they both ended up getting blowjobs outdoors and their wallets taken

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Oh and I also forgot to mention but that troony was me lol if that matters

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've never fallen for a tourist scam, but that's because I do a lot of researching before I travel on this exact topic

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some little b***h waitress in Italy held my entree up for an hour because my wife ordered a salad. I specifically told her not to hold up my food for her salad. After an hour, I said, "Just cancel the order. We're leaving." She said, "No, they already started making it." We argued, but it was only like a $12 meal, so i just paid for it. It came out just as we were getting up to go. I stood up, and dumped the bowl of food on the table in front of her and flipped her the bird. She started screaming and I just laughed in her face and walked out. I've never don't anything so ignorant and Black persony in any restaurant in my life. Something about that b***h just made me want to ruin her day. It was worth the $12. I'm sure she'll talk about it at least once a week for the rest of her life.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Not exactly a scam, but way back then I'm too anxious to speak out when my taxi is obviously ripping me off by having me pay more than the required amount.
    Happened alot in Thailand and Philippines, but my memorable one was in Rio de Janeiro when the taxi I randomly picked at the airport drove me through a fricking favela and was being aggressive. I was an introverted beta back then so I just paid the overpriced fare, or he would've definitely thrown me out in that favela.
    Nowadays I either ask the hotel I'm staying at to arrange my transport or book Uber/whatever transport app available in that country.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Taxi ripoffs seem to be a universal occurrence in the Third World. Filipinos have cautioned me many times about taking taxis or tricycles. I don't mind the ones that quote a high price so much as the scumbags who quote you 200 and then charge you 500 after you arrive. Happened to my friend here. JoyRide app is my favorite here in PH since it decides the price upfront, so the only possible ripoff there is "sorry sir, I don't have any change".

      As a general rule of thumb, I won't eat anywhere if someone at a restaurant tries to beckon me in. Good restaurants don't need people to stand outside and plead for customers.

      This seems a little overblown. In some places, especially beach towns in Latin America, every sit-down restaurant has a tout. Yeah, you can walk the back streets where the locals live and eat at a taco stall, but you won't get the comfy tourist dining experience eating on the street. If approached by a tout, ask to look at the menu they usually present for your inspection, and then say "I maybe come back later with my friends, okay?" if you decide not to eat there. Even if you are a solo traveler, LOL. Never be afraid to tell white lies to hustlers.

      In many places there's no real seperation between a crime, a scam, and corruption.

      Third world militaries have robbed me a few times, state officials have extorted me a few times, street scams? Going to say none.

      I got ripped off at money changers desks once or twice but I'm going to say that was simply theft. They just took the cash, gave me the wrong amount back, slammed the window shut. All in Europe, all in places like airports.

      Same for me in Mexico. Police tried to scam and hustle me far more often than the citizens did. It's fricked up, but that's the reality of organized corruption.

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >that Tbilisi tinder scam
    if ya know ya know

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      burundanga?

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    0 because I do a few minutes of research before I go to a new place and I never trust people making cold approaches to me. Basic situational awareness can prevent most of these.
    I just find it crazy that people can be approached by an African in Tokyo talking about a strip club or a group of apparent art students in Beijing and think "Oh yeah, that's not sus at all"

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      As a general rule of thumb, I won't eat anywhere if someone at a restaurant tries to beckon me in. Good restaurants don't need people to stand outside and plead for customers.

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was in Cairo and our private tour guide took us to a papyrus shop and I ended up paying about $100 USD for a small papyrus picture. I thought it was 100 egyptian until I got to the counter. I'd arrived and gotten to sleep at about 3-4am and woke up at 8am for the tour so I was knackered and couldn't be fricked haggling.
    I know I could've gotten it a lot cheaper because after I bought the first one the shop owner kept trying to convince me to buy another one and he was lowering the price a lot.

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    In many places there's no real seperation between a crime, a scam, and corruption.

    Third world militaries have robbed me a few times, state officials have extorted me a few times, street scams? Going to say none.

    I got ripped off at money changers desks once or twice but I'm going to say that was simply theft. They just took the cash, gave me the wrong amount back, slammed the window shut. All in Europe, all in places like airports.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Never exchange money in an Airport. Those rates are criminal. They got me in Prague and got charged like $100 on a $300 exchange.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        I changed money in El Dorado Airport and got an excellent rate. Had to get fingerprinted every time I changed money in Colombia. One of the few things in the country that is strictly regulated. The exchange rate was basically mid-market, maybe 0.5% commission. Using the street exchange houses can be sketchy if people are loitering around. They KNOW you are walking out of those places with a sizable quantity cash.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I realized today traveling itself is a scam. Unless it's paid for by your company

  16. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I fell for the dreaded "milk for baby scam". A poor woman approaches you on the street and says she's not looking for money, but for milk for her starving baby. Then you agree to help her and she takes you to a specific drugstore where they charge you 5x the price.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      One time they double charged my breakfast at a Marriott or Hilton or some random other chain with the excuse that they can't see at the breakfast check-in who paid for breakfast already, and that I can just claim it back from my bank anyway. My bank did not refund that money.
      So yeah, that was dumb of me, I should have just told them to frick off and ate breakfast elsewhere. My excuse is that I was severely jetlagged.
      Idk I travel a lot, but I can't remember anything else. I do too much research in advance and speak too many language to be a good target for regular scammers.

      lol I guess an advantage of having grown up in a relative shithole 2nd world place is I would never fall for or even engage with this type of crap.

  17. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was extremely naive and was scammed out of around 600 EUR in Erevan. To say something in my defence, the guy took a week of playing friend, showing me around and paying for me in cafes (not much but still)

    Since then I accept a social connection only if I'm the one initiating it.

  18. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I lost £2800 at a bar in Amman, Jordan. On my first night I went to an Irish bar and got a bit drunk. I talked to a girl on WeChat who told me she is a tourist and asked me to meet her at a nearby bar for shisha and drinks. I went over and we met and she seemed cute and we were having a good time. I got very drunk there and the next day I didn't remember getting home and I thought I might have left without paying the bill. She asks me to meet again the next day at the same bar and I go. Now that I'm sober, she seems kinda ugly and I realise the bar is some kind of "girly bar". She orders 2 shishas and 2 drinks and I ask her who paid the bill last night but she doesn't answer. I check my online banking and at that point see I've been scammed the previous night. I told her I'm leaving but a group of the staff came round and or the items "we" have just ordered they wanted to charge me over £300. My card is declined and I walk out. I was expecitng to get beaten up for not paying but nothing happened.

    I told the girl I want all my money back and that I'll go to the police otherwise - she tells me there was a mistake and I've been overcharged. I went back to the bar. Amazingly I managed to get £1200 cash back from the "boss" after negotiating with him. The next day I told my hotel receptionist about the whole night and he called the police for me and I go to the police station. The police raid the restaurant and arrest 3 members of staff but not the "boss / manager" I had dealth with. I had to extend my stay in Jordan for 3 days and go to court. I was promised I would get all my money back but in the end the case was settled outside of court for £500 plus I paid a £50 "tip" to my translator.

    Also there was an additioanl £8000 of online fraud on my card but thank God after hours on the phone with the bank they wrote it off. They wouldn't write off the £2800 from the bar because someone used by PIN to make the transaction (it must have been me but I don't remember

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      At least the police and courts in Jordan gave a shit. Sounds like you might've been drugged. If you were accustomed to drinking like a fish, you shouldn't have blacked out. In more and more places around the world, foreigners are getting drugged in bars.

      https://i.imgur.com/hCWk0Am.jpg

      burundanga?

      This. The active principle is called scopolamine, and is effective in amazingly tiny quantities. Soon it will be a serious danger for foreigners enjoying the nightlife everywhere in the world, I fear.

  19. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    None. I come from Eastern Europe, I know scammers.
    I lost around 3000 Euros on trying to travel to a different country and save a friend before finally understanding that I am not helping him to pay off his debts but to fund his addiction. He scammed me good, but I'm not sure if it applies for this thread, since he was a friend back then and I trusted him.

  20. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I dislocated my knee in Florida of the United States. I landed up taking an ambulance to the hospital. After sitting for two hours in pain in a waiting room, I popped my own knee back into place and limped out on my own two feet. The mother frickers billed me $980 for the trip alone.

    I'm glad I didn't see one of those hack American doctors. I have no idea what kind of debt I would be in

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      kek I am in ontario, canada, and a ambulance ride just cost me 40 bucks a year ago.

  21. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't travel.

  22. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Like 300 euros for some cheap cream at an airport years ago. I knew it was scam but the woman was acting cute and wanted to smear it in my face 🙂

  23. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    $500-1000. Keep in mind I’m a moron but a scammer in Miami Beach got me by saying him and his family (had two kids and a woman in his car, not sure if they were his) needed money because he lost his wallet. Long story short, he upselled me until I took out either $500 to $1000 in cash. Thankfully my bank had a withdrawal limit which saved my ass. I only got back to my senses after I stepped away from him for a minute. If someone offers you “gold” in exchange for your help don’t do it.

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