Taxi scam in Istanbul
The Scam: You’re paying a fare with a 50-lira note. The driver drops it
on the floor and switches it to a 5-lira bill, which looks very similar. He then argues with you
that you’ve shortchanged him.
Advice: If this happens to you, call the police by dialing 0090155 from your
U.S. cell phone or 155 from a Turkish phone. The police know this old trick, and the driver stands
to lose his license.