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Questions tagged [scams]

Tricks and deceits for defrauding travellers of money or valuables, etc.

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Is myflightmart a scam?

I checked this answer and it has privacy policy phone number & address registered to the same name. However, I'm still suspicious. They have far cheaper tickets via chat or over the phone ...
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Can a hotel charge me for reservations a year later if I signed up on a waiting list?

Last year (2017) my husband and I went to a blues festival in West Helena AR. It was last minute and we had an incredibly hard time finding somewhere to stay (Helena AR is a small town.) After trying ...
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Work permit visa for Scotland

I got selected in one hotel from Scotland and they ask me to proceed for visa process by giving the contact details of one consultancy, by they are asking me for the GBP money to send through Westin ...
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Travelling to Canada [duplicate]

It has been pointed out to me that a female wanting to visit a male friend in Canada has to have at least $3,600.00 Canadian funds for a maximum visit of 90 days, plus they have to get a visitors visa ...
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russian women asking for $2000.00 to show athorities she has enough money for her trip [duplicate]

i have met a girl online from rusia. we have been sending massages through my email address.it has now been six weeks since her first message.she uses the internet cafe. she was short $516 american ...
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Gasoline beggars in and around Los Angeles — scam?

Last weekend, I was driving a car back to Los Angeles. I filled up in Victorville and topped up again near the LAX rental car return. On both occasions, a man approached me asking/begging to put ...
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B2 travel visa from Russia to the US [duplicate]

A girl I met online says the travel agency she went to says she can't get a B2 visa to the US because she took a loan out to pay for her trip. Under Russian law she has to pay back a 680 US dollar ...
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My girlfriend wants $1500 to prove she can look after herself when she arrives in Australia [duplicate]

My girlfriend wants $1500 to prove to customs that she had money to look after herself when she arrives in Australia. True or false. I'm questioning it. I do believe it's for real. She seems very ...
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Do I have to send money to UK company as evidence of sufficient funds before being hired? [closed]

One company in UK send me message that i was qualified in the position they need. I was hired without an interview and they sent a contract letter, visa form, terms and condition and British ESF form. ...
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Is it risky to send a copy of my Passport to someone I only know online? [duplicate]

A few months ago, I met a man online, who lives in Jordan. He has asked me to fly over there from the US to marry him. He will pay for my flight and other accommodation costs, to which I have agreed. ...
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How can I tell if this Polish villa for rent is a scam?

My in-laws booked a villa in Poland for the family vacation, and I found out too late they already paid half of the price by a bank transfer. Apart from the bank transfer itself I didn't find any red ...
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Visas How to get a Russia visa [duplicate]

I have been talking to a chick that says she needs 4500 euro in her bank account in order to obtain a 90 day tourist visa to visit Ireland.
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Reservation is trying to change the price of a room

Over a month ago my girlfriend and I booked a hotel in Mazunte for 300 pesos a night on booking.com. The booking did not require a credit card and and said the price was to be paid in full at the ...
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Am I being scammed somehow in being persuaded to move to another country? [closed]

Over the past year and a half I have gained quite a friendship with a person from another country. The reason we know each other is that I created a video online that gained a lot of attention. He ...
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How to verify, with different airlines, that the broker booked the flight correctly?

I bought 3 interconnected flights via Kiwi.com, but have been reading so many negative reviews and experiences with this online broker. Many of the problems look to be connected to the booking not ...
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I have been emailing a Russian woman for 7 months [duplicate]

My head tells me it's a scam. She doesn't have a smart phone so all communication is by email. She has already asked for money for air tickets then proof of money in her bank so that she can leave ...
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Why do some Indian hotels request more than the room rate as advance payment?

I've been travelling in India for about 2 months now and about half the places I've stayed have asked for an advance payment way over the room rate at the time of check in. Often asking for 1000 ...
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My tour guide took €78 for the airport departure tax from Northern Cyprus. Was this legitimate?

My BF and I just came back from a vacation in Cyprus (TRNC). My tour guide said there is a €39 airport departure tax, per person, payable directly to him in cash. I paid him, but didn't receive a "...
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Is Klook reliable for buying e-tickets for Singapore's tourist attractions?

I will be visiting Singapore end of January next year. Since the city state has lots of tourist attractions that require entry passes, I am thinking of planning ahead and buy e-tickets before I start ...
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My online friend is asking for money in order to visit my home country. Is this a legit request or a scam?

On Travel.SE we often see questions about a person (usually a love interest) asking for money to pay for airfare, visas, permits and other expenses. For example Visitor requesting a cash advance to ...
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Visitor requesting a cash advance to purchase airfare in-country. Legitimate or scam? [duplicate]

Woman planning to visit me from Ukraine to the US applied for a visa and such, claims to have paid for the visa but needs 500 dollars more for the airfare from Ukraine to the US. She says strict rules ...
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evisa assistance scam [closed]

I did a very stupid thing by applying for an evisa on this website: www.bahrainonlinevisa.com. Not sure how it happened but I did submit to them a scan of my passport, my flight reference booking (...
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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?

Here is a situation I encountered multiple times in New York City streets, lately. Usually at a sidewalk corner where people are likely to wait for the pedestrian crossing "walk" signal, a gang of ...
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Was I going to be scammed, kidnapped or robbed in the US? [closed]

I’m living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One night a man approached me on my way out of a restaurant in Inman Square. It was around 9:30 pm of a weekday, the streets were starting to get lonely but ...
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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?

The men are mostly located in Duomo Square (Piazza del Duomo). They try to tie something to tourists' wrists and ask for money. I have fallen out with them many times. Also my friends who visit Milan, ...
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Another driver pulled me over on the motorway and asked for petrol. Was it a scam attempt? [closed]

These days, I was driving on the D11 in Czechia in the early evening hours. Shortly before Prague, I had stopped at a service area. Not too long after I had pulled out and was back on the motorway, I ...
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Is this request for proof of funds for Russian citizen legitimate? [duplicate]

I have a friend in Moscow who has paid for her trip to Australia.She has claimed that 2700 USD is required by the authorities (30 USD / day for a 90 day tourist visa) to support herself. Now she ...
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Travel agent is claiming I have made an online booking but I haven't [closed]

Today I got call from a Travel Agent and a mail which shows that I have booked a ticket to fly to India on 15th and return date 25 August 2017. Travel agent said I have booked the tickets. However, ...
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Is the “Renaissance Weekend” for real? [closed]

I got an unsolicited invitation to the "Renaissance Weekend" which bills itself as sort of an idea conference for "thought leaders". Supposedly it is exclusive and limited to influential people. ...
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Laos citizen to holiday in Australia [closed]

What would my friend need to visit Australia? He is a Lao citizen and passport holder but has been told he needs to pay$600 for a land lease check. It seems a bit excessive.
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Should I Fabricate Additional Support Document after UK V 4.2 (a) +(c) refusal

My UK tourist visa has been refused due to paragraph 4.2 (a) and (c). I'm planning to reapply and ask an agency to guide me on the additional documents that I need to provide. They advised me to ...
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What are the most common tourist scams in Germany, specifically in Munich and Berlin? [closed]

I've been to a few Asian and Europian countries which were filled with lots of tourist scams/traps; from sim card, taxi, coffee, to string people and even fake police officers. I wonder, is this also ...
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Large cash requirement (2700 USD) for Russian citizens to fly to the US? [duplicate]

My girlfriend is Russian. Last night we tried to fly her to the US on a valid tourist visa. She was stopped at DME and told she would be required to have $2700 USD to get back home immediately even ...
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“Booking” nightclubs for solo tourists in their thirties

I've heard about booking nightclubs in Korea, where you can pay a waiter to bring over someone of the opposite sex. I'd like to try it, but I've got a couple of questions. I'll be 38 when I go over ...
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Is it reliable to buy disneyland ticket from 365tickets.com?

I visited https://www.booktickets.disneylandparis.com/ and thought of booking tickets for Disneyland but then I found this site 365tickets.com. It's price is little higher but it says something cal ...
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Is busticket4.me reliable?

I want to buy a bus ticket (from Belgrade to Podgorica) online at https://busticket4.me/. However, I wonder if this site is reliable (maybe it's just a scam, maybe they will take my money and will not ...
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Is there a way to verify if a Russian resident has applied for a visa to visit the US after a letter of invitation is sent?

Is there anyway to verify if a person has had an interview at the American embassy in Moscow? Or if the application has even been processed? I have sent a letter of request and was told that the visa ...
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Does a verified US citizen need a police & medical report to return from Ghana? [duplicate]

I've been told by a girl supposedly from New York I met online, who currently is working in Ghana, that she requires police and medical reports to return to the US. Is this true? The cost was quoted ...
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Why do people in the Marrakech Medina say “That way is closed”?

I just got back from a Morocco trip and now have a massive doubt with respect to what it looks like a common behaviour in the Medina (old city). Whenever we wandered around off the souks and main ...
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Canada eTA web scam [duplicate]

Recently I applied for a Canada eTA visa through https://www.visa-canada-experts.com They sent me an "approved" email but I cannot check it on the government website. Are they a scam or a real agent?
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Booking.com host asks to transfer money to his card. Should I comply?

I have booked a flat with the next conditions (get standard letter from booking.com): Your reservation 3 nights, 1 room Change Check-in Sunday 14 May 2017 (14:00 - 18:00) Check-out Wednesday ...
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What can I do if a hotel booked online turns me away but keeps my money?

I booked a hotel at Hotels.com for one night in Austin because I didn't want to drive the two hours back to Houston. I arrived at the hotel and the owner told me my card was declined on Hotels.com. I ...
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Can minors apply for a visa on their own to travel to South Korea for a K-Pop training program?

Does a minor need their parents' permission to apply for a visa and to travel unaccompanied to another country? I am a 15-year-old Tunisian and want to attend a K-Pop training program in South Korea.
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How to check safety of car rental offer in Spain?

I did a Barcelona car rental search on Kayak while on WiFi in Lisbon airport. Kayak passed me off to "Holiday Rentals" which says "OK rent a car" with thousands of positive reviews will charge US$7....
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Is a request for photographic evidence (ID & credit card) legitimate for the purchase of tickets to the Australian Open?

Next month I'm going to Australia for the first time and will visit the Australian Open in Melbourne. Yesterday I bought the tickets for AO by Ticketbis and today received an mail requiring me to send ...
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Does a Ghana citizen need $3000 in hand to travel to the USA? [duplicate]

I have met a girl online and wish to bring her to the USA. We have talked on the phone and via video chat. All documents are in order but they say she needs $3,000 (USD) in hand to travel. Is this ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

I know that most horror stories never happen, still I think it might be good to know how to tell apart legitimate taxi drivers in Bangkok from ones that will overcharge you... Does it make sense to ...
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How do I recognize a scam website?

Inspired by How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services? I feel we should have a canonical place to deal with these. While not ...
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Are there plain clothes police patrols in Warsaw, or was I a victim of a scam?

I was walking along the river in Warsaw in the afternoon and was approached by two men who claimed to be police. They showed me ID, but I have no idea what Polish policja ID is supposed to look like, ...
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Web Sites: Disneyland vs Disney World in the United States

I was looking for Disney tickets and I found these 2 sites (Disneyland and Disneyworld ) that look exactly like each other. However, one of them is way cheaper than the other. Which one can I trust?