40 tourist scams to watch out for

Last updated 11:29 24/07/2014
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There are many ways that scammers take advantage of unsuspecting tourists, but more common schemes can be avoided if travellers stay alert, and take a few basic precautions.

For one thing, tourists should always be wary of anything offered for "free," and of special deals that seem too good to be true.

The oft-repeated advice to stay alert and watch your valuables is true no matter where you are.

Travellers should also have a plan in case something goes wrong, including keeping some extra cash and identification in a safe spot, and knowing who to contact for help in a given destination.

The following rundown of scams, categorised by type and location, provides a solid primer for tourists.

Check out these common tactics before your next trip, so you won't have to learn the hard way.

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