Two years ago I wrote a really popular post on common tourist scams and a year ago I gave consolidated simple advice on how to avoid them.
Some people like chance encounters on the road, and are open to ‘strangers in a strange land’ but I tend to be skeptical. If someone approaches me, offering to help me or wanting to get to know me, I tend to be curt because I assume ill intentions at least until proven otherwise. No doubt I can be criticized for missing out on opportunities, but it’s a strategy that keeps me safe.
I grew up in New York in the 1980s (and late 1970s), when it was a very different place than it is now. I never carried a wallet in my back pocket until the 1990s, having left the state. I didn’t even know people ever did that. The only time anyone has ever tried to pickpocket me was in an Indian temple in PJ, outside Kuala Lumpur. I’ve never had issues on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, even.
So it struck me funny this notice given to every guest checking into the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires on basic tips that seem like common sense no matter what world city your a stranger in, but where in Buenos Aires the hotel feels the need to remind you:
What scams have you fallen victim to? And what do you do to protect yourself?