From the ‘taxi mafia scam’ to the ‘coin swap con’ to the ‘half-built hotel rip off’, _Around the World in 80 Scams_ covers pretty much every swindle out there and is an invaluable resource if you want to become a streetwise and savvy traveller.
Tourists make easy targets for international con artists. When you pitch up in an unfamiliar land, often with no local knowledge or language skills but laden with wads of currency and an overly-trusting attitude, scammers see you as rich pickings.
Authored by Peter John, a seasoned traveller of seven years, Around the World in 80 Scams reveals dozens of common cons out there. Whilst some of the scams listed are mere annoyances, some might cost you your possessions, your health, or even more.
The book is split into ten sections each covering a different ‘genre’ of scam, for example: Accommodation Scams, Transport Scams and ATM Scams. Each scam is rated for ‘likely damage’ and ‘frequency’, and then explained in detail with real life examples, some of which are serious and sobering crimes.
Around the World in 80 Scams is not only an excellent practical guide that will help you to avoid falling victim to scammers, but also makes interesting and entertaining armchair reading for those intrigued by the often ingenious lengths that the unscrupulous will go to to make a dishonest buck out of unsuspecting tourists.
Avoid just one scam in this book and you’ll have made your money back on the cover price.
By Peter John
Published by: Bennion Kearny
5 Famous Scams Featured in the Book:
1. Accommodation rental Scam – you book accommodation online only to find the hotel or apartment doesn’t actually exist.
2. Scenic Route Taxi Scam – taxi drivers drive the passengers an indirect route in order to overcharge them
3. Airport Scanner Scam – teams of scammers steal your hand luggage while it’s going through the X-ray machine
4. Too Many Zeros Scam – rip-off merchants take advantage of currencies with lots of zeros to confuse and swindle tourists
5. Art School Scam – fake art students sell ‘their’ art at above market prices [I once fell victim to this in Beijing. If only I’d read this book first! – ED]