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Some Tips to Avoid Tourist Scams

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

All around the globe tourists and visitors like you and I are an easy target for people with bad intentions. Most of the cases we are not very familiar with the environment and we are at risk of falling for one of these tricks. Some of the people take this as advantage and they may try to play on us. While some of these tricks are easily avoided. But there are some tricks that are very difficult to detect. In some cases we are robbed without even realizing it, they are people very experts in robbing. People in each destination of the world are having their own methods of trickery, but there are some situations we can clearly avoid. You can avoid tourist scams by following some tips and advice.

Be wary of anyone who approaches you for whatever the reason, you can experience this particularly around popular tourist sites. You cannot understand any person in a look, because the most of the scammers are well-dressed and they look like businesspeople, generally with something official-looking in their hand. Some looks like tourists and visitors or walkers, with daypacks, cameras, and even guidebooks. Don’t be fooled by their looks, impressive uniforms and hard-luck stories. Avoid tourist scams and stay alert always.

Before planning a tour to tourist sites research about your destination.  If you go through web you can get nearly all the information which you needed by using some simple and easy keywords like name of the particular city you would like to visit, travel safety advice, ways to avoid tourist scams and you can search for any information. Before departure you must clarify everything. After arriving your destination, ask additional questions. For example, where is the hotel in relation to what you want to do, cost of taxi from the hotel to airport, security, and whether it is safe to walk in the evening. Always agree on a price for taxis if there is no meter in the particular taxi and tour guides in advance. Also watch out for porters who take you to unofficial taxis that overcharge you. Don’t use unlicensed cabs in any city.

Ways to Avoid Scam Tour Operators

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

In day today life thousands of peoples are victims of fraud web services every year. Before booking in any of the travel site they are not thinking whether the selected service is 100% trusted or not. While most of the travel agents or tour operators are not fraud, but there are some travel agencies or tour operators are not honest and they are providing services only for making money. They will take money from you and run. Avoid tour operators those who provides fraud services. Make a thorough research to select the best tour operators or agency.

Whenever you are making travel plans keep some point in your mind. It will help you to select the best agency. If you have been offered a great bargain on a cruise or resort vacation, but you cannot seem to get all the details unless you pay the company first, it means that you may be dealing with a real travel scam. Avoid tour operators which do not suit your requirements. Check whether the tour operator company or travel agency is registered and it is a member of any professional association. Don’t select the site which is very attractive, may be that service will be scam. Research whether the service is having experience by providing good travel services. There are many eye-catching websites are there online they does not ensure the reliability or integrity of the company.

Go through the site carefully and read the company’s cancellation and refund policies. Use credit cards it will help you purchase tickets whenever it is possible, if you paid the money then collect the receipt for further enquiries. Beware of some companies who are sending a courier for a check, requesting direct bank deposits or a certified check. Prior to payment, you must ask all the details in regard with your trip and review the tour operators or agency’s carefully. Client reference is an important thing doesn’t miss to ask the companies about this. Request particular hotels and airline names, addresses and contact phone numbers. Insist on a local phone number if given an 800 number — this will establish that the tour company or travel agency has a central office from which it operates. If you are not satisfied with any tour operator avoid tour operators.