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Beware East Africa's car scams

Where: East Africa


The Scam: You drive into a small town, and a helpful bystander points out that
your wheel bearing is hemorrhaging oil. “In fact,” says Lonely Planet Publications
cofounder Tony Wheeler, “the bystander has just sloshed a cup of oil onto your wheel, and
tells you there’s a garage around the corner that’ll fix your problem.” The
garage owner is in on the con, charges an inflated rate, and splits the take with the
bystander.


Advice: Be wary of someone who points out a problem you didn’t know you
had, then offers to help you get it fixed.

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