The Ultimate Scams Tourists Always Fall For Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Millions of Americans travel abroad each year, many of them falling victim to scam artists. To avoid being a victim when traveling, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts and take appropriate precautions. Take our quiz and learn what you need to know about avoiding scam artists when traveling abroad.

How many Americans traveled overseas in 2008?

In 2008, more than 25 million Americans traveled overseas, some of whom fell victim to scam artists.

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When traveling in a foreign country, beware of scam artists posing as:

Fake police officers in foreign countries will use your ignorance of official uniforms to approach you and steal your money.

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In a typical scam, fake police officers may tell you they want to check your wallet for:

Fake police officers may tell you there's been a problem in the area with counterfeit currency and ask to check your wallet for any problem bills. Once you give them access to your wallet, they will help themselves to a few bills or even run off with it before you realize what's happening.

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_____ often divert your attention by creating a distraction.

Working in pairs, pickpockets often create a distraction to divert your attention from your wallet. One creates the distraction, while the other picks your pocket.

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When traveling, always carry your valuables:

When traveling, don't keep your wallet in your pocketbook or in your back pocket. Wear a pouch under your clothes to carry valuables.

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When changing currency in a foreign country, _____ change money at authorized centers.

To avoid being cheated when changing currency in a foreign country, always change money at authorized centers. Make sure you recognize the currency in the country you're visiting, count your change carefully and pay with small bills whenever possible.

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Pickpockets are _____ well dressed and affluent in appearance.

Many pickpockets are well dressed and affluent in appearance. Since they blend in nicely at fancy hotels and expensive restaurants, be sure to keep your guard up even at these kinds of seemingly safe places.

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In foreign countries, _____ may try to cheat you when you pay your fare.

Be vigilant when taking taxis in foreign countries. Drivers may claim you gave them a smaller bill than you did, then try to make you pay more. Again, familiarity with the local currency is helpful in these types of situations.

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When using taxis in foreign countries, it is preferable to:

It's best to avoid hailing a cab on the street when traveling in a foreign country. Ask your hotel's concierge to make travel arrangements for you.

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Which type of con artists pretend to offer assistance before ripping you off?

Con artists posing as "good Samaritans" will pretend to offer you assistance and then, when you're not looking, make off with your valuables.

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