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

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Can I help my friend get a Colombian passport from the USA? [closed]

My friend lives in Bogotá, Colombia. Can I help her get a Colombian passport, and can I pay with a credit card from the USA?
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Asked to send emergency travel money by MoneyGram, is this a scam? [duplicate]

The employer offered to pay all the visa and travel and is now in the process of work permits. The issue is the advocate referred to has requested that I deposit money into MoneyGram into my name ...
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Are unofficial International Driving Permits of any use?

The American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) are the only organizations that issue official International Driving Permit (IDP) for US driver licenses. ...
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Weed sellers in Lisbon / Portugal

It's common for people to try to sell weed to tourists in big Portuguese cities like Lisbon. The "weed" is, please correct me if I'm wrong, almost always just tea leaves (for €10/€20!). What'...
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Friend needs help in Turkey

I have a friend who went on a business trip to Istanbul/Turkey. His bank pass was stolen and he reported that to the local police. He blocked his bank account and according to him he needs to fly home ...
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Do have to prove Solvency when getting a visa to the US from Russia [duplicate]

I have friend that is working with a travel agency in Russia to visit me here in the US. She informed me that the travel agent told her she will have to prove solvency of 4500$ to get the visa or she ...
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How can I tell if a BA flight ticket is fake? [closed]

Is this ticket fake? I’ve tried numerous other things but nothing turned up.
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Authenticating a denial by UK embassy

10 years ago I used an agent to apply for UK visa, He said it was a group application. I entered the UK embassy with him while he took the documents into an office while we waited outside, no ...
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If a taxi driver in Thailand stops the meter (the amount is still visible on the meter screen), can they resume it?

I had a case where I took a metered taxi in Bangkok with another passenger: when we stopped at the other passenger's destination to drop them, the taxi driver didn't understand that I would stay in ...
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Is long-term renting through booking.com a scam?

I am planning to rent an apartment for a year in Cambridge, UK. We liked a property, but the owner wants to rent it through booking.com, and he is physically located in Switzerland. He sent us the ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

I took a taxi in Bangkok, the driver used the meter, but at the end of the ride the driver cleared the meter (was 55 THB) and pretended that we had agreed on some higher price (was 100 THB) for the ...
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Host has offered me an off site deal for Airbnb

I made a reservation, but today the host called me and is claiming that my reservation is preventing other guests from booking those dates. The host wants me to accept an alteration request that ...
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Trying to help someone get back into the USA [duplicate]

If they are needing to get back into USA is an eBay card actually helping them or is it a scam
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Safety for American visiting London, UK

I'm traveling from Seattle, USA to London, UK in March 2020. My cousin (half British) is getting married to his British girlfriend in Farnham. I'm a 40 year old American, single, white man. I did a ...
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How should I report report fake Canadian eTA websites?

My wife was applying for an eTA to visit Canada, and exclaimed in surprise about the price. And I was surprised because I remembered it being very cheap. I came an had a look and it looked legit at ...
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Are some Optus kiosks in Sydney Airport a scam?

In the international terminal of Sydney Airport there are several Optus kiosks. When I flew to Sydney for the first time, I didn't know that, and I proceeded to the first Optus kiosk I saw (assuming ...
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Is it a known scam or honest oversight at Cambodia border crossings to not stamp your entry/exit form?

A month ago I entered Cambodia from Thailand at Koh Kong and was charged an extra USD $7 which is commonly considered to be a scam on the Internet. Koh Kong is considered to be less scammy that the ...
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Postal services in Italy - Poste Italiane vs. Friendpost vs. GPS

There are at least three competing postal services in Italy - the government-ran Poste Italiane, and private duo of Globe Postal Service (GPS) and Friendpost, which primarily target tourist customers. ...
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Moscow SVO airport, how to avoid scam taxis without pre-booking?

Is there anyway to tell scam taxis in SVO airport, Moscow without pre-booking? I can't pre-book due to the fact I can't use my phone abroad (receiving SMS messages/calls which is required to book a ...
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How can I tell if a flight itinerary is fake?

I tried calling the airlines, and I tried tracking apps. How can I tell if this flight itinerary is fake? I spoke to the person before they boarded their flight. The flight is with British Airways, ...
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Renting farmhouse in Netherlands - is it normal to be asked to pay deposit via bank transfer?

I am going to be travelling to Netherlands and trying to book a farmhouse for 3 night long stay. The farmhouse I am looking at is listed on Booking but is unavailable on the dates I am interested in. ...
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Payment instructions allegedly from HomeAway look fishy to me

I'm in the process of setting up a long-term lease agreement for an apartment in my hometown with a landlord which lives abroad. The landlord suggested to use a middleman called HomeAway so that the ...
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Working in the USA for living expenses only; allowed on VWP?

My 18-year old niece has been offered work in LA by a 20 year old American born videographer she met at the Cannes Film Festival. She is learning scriptwriting/directing. He has suggested that he pays ...
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did cheapfaresnow.com just screw me over? [closed]

Really bad idea I booked with them without reviewing their services. There was a fairly cheap ticket and I purchased it. It took time to be confirmed or for me to get an email. I asked for live help ...
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Possible taxi scams if fare is agreed in advance?

The advice is given many times to not get into "illegal taxis", because they will scam you. My question is: what are the possible ways of scam, if you agree on the price and destination in advance (e....
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Needing money to travel from Ghana [duplicate]

I have a friend communicating with an American living in Ghana. She says she needs $6000 to pay off debts before she could move to Spain. Is this true?
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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

I am on vacation and I have realized that some people here in Turkey are trying their best to get the money out of my pocket. I have already had a situation where after a folklore show I decided to ...
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EMS packages opened at border? [closed]

Do packages get opened at the border from Canada to US and do they charge a $2950 wire transfer fee they say is refundable.
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Money is necessary to leave the airport in Moscow for ladies [duplicate]

I met agirl from Russia on the site of marriage and I send her a money to issue apasport , after we arrange the tickets for her and sending her 400 $ , she said that she has to have 2000$ to be with ...
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Stuck in Ghana with $3000 [duplicate]

An online person claims that they can't leave Ghana unless they fly out first class. They already have $3000 and claim that isn't enough to buy a ticket and leave. Is this legit?
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Can a Fake business card save me of trouble in Morocco?

I Will be traveling to Morocco in May, and I have being reading a lot about being harassed, scamed by locals and maybe even police. I know of a friend who runs a very successful business and when ...
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Victim of a Vacation Rental Scam, how should I get the refund?

I booked a property via booking.com on 23rd for a stay in London UK from June 1 to June 7, 2019. I used my credit card. They pulled the full amount on 25th. After that on several occasion I updated my ...
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How can I report a taxi driver in Hong Kong with no plate and no driver name displayed in the car?

I got into a cab ride in Hong Kong, which ended with the driver adding some silly surcharge (145 HKD). I wanted to report the taxi driver but the car had no plate and the driver's name was not ...
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How does the taxi scam work at Luohu station in Shenzhen?

The Luohu station in Shenzhen has a taxi area where people queue to get their taxi: While queuing there are a few taxi drivers parked nearby who try to get customers from the queue. They claim that ...
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Is it possible that the return ticket of a round-trip is counterfeit? [closed]

Is it possible to buy round-trip tickets to Jamaica where the return ticket is counterfeit? My daughter-in-law says she's now stranded there. Is this possible?
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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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