World's Worst Travel Scams

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Outsmart the con artists when you travel—and avoid getting ripped off.

The Zigzag

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Where: Bangkok

The Scam: As has been reported in the press recently, this crime involves a traveler who is arrested for handling merchandise in the airport duty-free shop. Once in custody, the victim is introduced to a middleman who says he can gain the traveler’s freedom—for a fee. The police, in on the deal, split the payment.

Advice: Don’t touch items in duty-free shops unless you intend to buy them.

World's Worst Travel Scams

The Zigzag

Where: Bangkok

The Scam: As has been reported in the press recently, this crime involves a traveler who is arrested for handling merchandise in the airport duty-free shop. Once in custody, the victim is introduced to a middleman who says he can gain the traveler’s freedom—for a fee. The police, in on the deal, split the payment.

Advice: Don’t touch items in duty-free shops unless you intend to buy them.

Tibor Bognar/Alamy
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