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Travel Scams Here: An Australian Alert

Australian media company News Limited’s company website news.com.au has highlighted four cons Australian tourists might come across in Fiji:   The name carving scam A carver will approach a tourist
20 Nov 2015 13:34
Travel Scams Here: An  Australian Alert

Australian media company News Limited’s company website news.com.au has highlighted four cons Australian tourists might come across in Fiji:

 

The name carving scam

A carver will approach a tourist and ask for their name. They will start carving your name into a wooden sword worth about $2 and demand $50 for it.

Tourists have reported the scam occurring in Suva and Nadi.

 

Taxi guide scam

This happens the world over. Expert reported when he was in Fiji he had a driver ask for a hefty additional tip on top of the taxi fare for giving him “guided commentary” on the way to the resort.

He said: “I explained having the local school pointed out to us as we drove past wasn’t asked for, wasn’t welcome and wasn’t worth a tip.”

 

Shopping Guide scam

Similar to the unwanted taxi guide, you can easily find yourself with a shopping guide if you’re not careful.

If you’re shopping at the markets, a friendly local will tag onto you. They will walk with you and “help” and when you’re finished shopping they’ll demand money from you for acting as a guide.

 

Dinner at my place scam

This is similar to others worldwide: the Chinese tea ceremony in Hong Kong, and the closely-related ‘free art exhibition’ in Beijing.

The friendly invitation to a “dinner at my place” night ends with the presentation of a bill. Taxi drivers seem to be at the pointy end of such local scams, says news.com.au

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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