Watch Out for This Scam While Traveling

There is a scam that has been occurring around the world for years where a “con artist” gains the confidence of a foreign visitor by treating that visitor to dinner or a dessert, for example, while engaged in interesting conversation. The foreign visitor is then inconspicuously baited by being invited at the insistence and persuasion of the “con artist” to a highly overpriced place — such as a nightclub — and then incurs expensive purchases whose mark-ups on items or services sold can be greater than one hundred times the normal retail costs elsewhere.

Read how one FlyerTalk member exclaims how he “Just Fell Victim to a Scam in Istanbul — God Do I feel Like an Idiot!” Furthermore, read about the advice and experiences of other FlyerTalk members regarding this and similar scams while traveling.

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