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Around The World in 80 Scams: An Essential Travel Guide

Peter John

Every year, thousands of people fall victim to various travel scams, crimes and confidence tricks while they travel. Most people escape having simply lost a little money, but many lose much more, and some encounter real personal danger. Of course, despite the hazards people should not stop travelling - people just need to get smart.

This essential book is a practical, focused, and detailed guide to eighty of the most common scams and crimes travellers might encounter. It is packed with real-world examples drawn from resources across the globe and the author痴 own travels. Being aware of scammers' tricks is the best way of avoiding them altogether. Forewarned is forearmed.

- Learn scammer 奏ricks of the trade, and how to avoid them.
- Includes: online scams, forex scams, timeshare scams, ebay scams and more.
- Understand how common scams are, and where they are most likely to be found.
- Develop vigilance for high risk people, activities and environments.
- Packed with real life advice, insights, and examples.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Hotels and other accommodation scams
1: RESORT FEES AND OTHER HOTEL "BAIT AND SWITCH" SCAMS
2: GUIDEBOOK-RELATED SCAMS
3: TIMESHARE SALES SCAMS
4: TIMESHARE RESALE SCAMS
5: RESORT INVESTMENT SCAMS
6: ACCOMMODATION RENTAL SCAM
7: HOTEL EXCHANGE RATE SCAM
8: HOTEL TOUT SCAMS
9: HALF-BUILT HOTEL SCAM
10: FALSE FELLOW TRAVELLER SCAMS
11: ONLINE HOTEL REVIEW SCAM
 
Chapter 2: Transport scams
12: TAXI METER SCAMS
13: ROBBERIES AND GASSINGS ON OVERNIGHT TRAINS
14: SCENIC ROUTE TAXI SCAM
15: SPIKED DRINKS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
16: HIJACKING OF TOURIST BUSES
17: TAXI MAFIA SCAMS
18: OTHER TAXI SCAMS
19: THIEVING BAGGAGE HANDLERS
20: AIRPORT SCANNER SCAM
21: ARMED ROBBERIES NEAR AIRPORTS
22: DELHI RAILWAY TICKET BUREAU SCAM
23: TICKET INSPECTOR SCAMS
24: THEFT FROM BUSES' LUGGAGE HOLDS
 
Chapter 3: Cash, ATM and credit card scams
25: TOO MANY ZEROS SCAMS
26: ATM MUGGINGS
27: SOPHISTICATED ATM SCAMS
28: CREDIT CARD SCAMS
29: WE'VE GOT YOUR WALLET AT THE POLICE STATION SCAM
30: CURRENCY EXCHANGE SCAMS
 
Chapter 4: Travel agent and travel club scams
31: LYING TRAVEL AGENT SCAMS
32: FRAUDULENT TRAVEL AGENT SCAMS
33: TRAVEL CLUB SCAMS
34: VISA-RELATED SCAMS
35: VOLUNTEERING SCAMS
36: TOUR GUIDE SCAMS
 
Chapter 5: Shopping scams
37: FAKE GOODS SCAMS
38: TAILOR-RELATED SCAMS
39: NATIVE OR "TRIBAL" MARKET SCAMS
40: ADMISSION TICKET SCAMS
41: RIP-OFF TRADER SCAMS
42: GEM/PRECIOUS STONE SCAMS
43: TRADITIONAL MEDICINE SCAMS
44: ART SCHOOL SCAM
 
Chapter 6: Eating, drinking and gambling scams
45: CLIP JOINTS
46: POISONING INSURANCE SCAM
47: SPIKED DRINKS IN BARS
48: CASINO SCAMS
49: THREE-CARD MONTE SCAM
50: RIGGED BETTING GAME SCAMS
51: NO MENU SCAM
52: REFILLED BOTTLED WATER SCAM
53: TEA CEREMONY SCAM
 
Chapter 7: Government scams
54: VISA FEES SCAM
55: FOREIGNER CHARGES SCAM
56: EXIT TAX SCAMS
57: COMPULSORY TOURIST GUIDE SCAM
58: OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATES
 
Chapter 8: E-mail and Internet scams
59: INTERNET CAFES AND INTERNET BANKING SCAMS
60: AIRLINE TICKET FUNDS SCAM
61: ATTACK WEBSITE AND MALICIOUS SPAM SCAMS
62: EBAY HOLIDAY SCAMS
63: TRAVEL-RELATED SPAM SCAMS
64: INTERNATIONAL DRIVING LICENCES SCAM
 
Chapter 9: Begging and street hustling scams
65: BEGGING
66: PARISIAN GOLD RING SCAM
67: BAKSHEESH SCAMS
68: LEATHER JACKET SCAM
69: COIN SWAP SCAM
70: FAKE "GOOD SAMARITANS" SCAMS
 
Chapter 10: Extortion, blackmail and fraud scams
71: FAKE POLICEMEN SCAMS
72: PASSPORT EXTORTION
73: POLICE TRAFFIC STOP SCAMS
74: ON-THE-SPOT FINE SCAMS
75: RENTAL DAMAGE SCAMS
76: PROSTITUTE BLACKMAIL SCAMS
77: INJURED RELATIVE SCAM
78: INSURANCE CLAIM SCAMS
79: TOURIST KIDNAPPING
80: DISTRACTING AND MUGGING TRAVELLERS
 
Epilogue: How I try to avoid being scammed

 

About The Author

Peter John is a lifelong traveller who dabbles in office work while planning his next trip. He has never knowingly scammed anyone, but has been scammed while he travelled more times than he cares to remember. He hopes that others can learn from his mistakes, which are spelled out in merciless detail in this book.

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Published: April 20th 2011 | Print: $16.99, 」11.99 | ISBN: 978-0-9559114-5-3 | 326 pages | Kindle and iBooks

 

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