Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2006, 11:27 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,875
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default Worst Scam Overseas - Winner gets a CM T-shirt.

What is the worst "scam" you were ever the victim of. I know I have some good ones, a lot of them involving taxi drivers.

I will just bet we have some real winners out there.

And I'll tell you what, at the end of this thread on Friday, April 21, we will have a poll to vote for the best one and I will send a CruiseMates T-shirt to the winner.

I think the prize should go to most complicated or cleverest scam you were the victim of (Lets not turn this into "Queen for a Day").
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,875
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

Here is my scam (I was the victim).

In Turkey the currency is the New Turkish Lira. But with the OLD Turkish Lira the exchange rate was something like 250,000 Lira to the Dollar (I really don't remember, but it was high).

My partner and I left our hotel to see some sites, during the course of the day we took 3 or 4 taxi rides. I had a wad of Turkish currency from exchanging 200 dollars. 500,000, 1,000,000 and 5,000,000 notes.

Every taxi ride we took, the fare would show on the meter and it would be something like 1,200,000 lira. Each time, I realized in retrospect, I tried to pay with a 5,000,000 lira note. Each time the driver would take my note and put it in his lap to "make change".

EACH TIME, after a few seconds, the driver would then hold up a 500,000 Lira note and said to me, "Sir, you did not give me enough". Let me tell you, not really paying attention because I'm talking or looking at the sites, each time I just said "sorry and handed him ANOTHER 5,000,000 Lira note for which he very graciously said "Thank you" and made change.

Now you may have noticed, it is hard to count all those zeroes, and easy to make a mistake. I do believe I fell for the same scam at least three different times that day, because when I got back to the hotel to count my money, after these cab rides that I estimated should have cost me about 6 to 8 dollars apiece, I had spent over 100 dollars with no souvenirs to show for it.

It was only then that I said to myself.... hey, wait a minute, EVERY taxi driver said the same thing to me. I looked at the two notes and sure enough, they looked practically identical, at least to me.

Now that was a good scam. So simple, so effective.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2006, 08:30 AM
Sea Trekker's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,937
Send a message via AIM to Sea Trekker
Default

Hi Paul.
Interestesting topic you posted. Just yesterday I bought the book Scam Proof your Life by Sid Kirchheimer. It list many ways to yourself from rip offs, including travel, health,money,job, idenity theft and more.
(not selling this book, just relaying info.)

One of the most common here in Florida is the door to door service ie, roofing, yard work, drive way repair.

On the cruise chapter ;best time to take a cruise is after the crew has scrubed the ship from anon board illness. Yeah right
Also, check your billing each day to make sure they posted your account correctly. cheaper rates in the Caribbean are in the summer months when hurricane season is at the peak. Not me!

I was scamed by a furniture store in beleiving they had interest free payments for a year. When the store sold my account to another bank they started billing me at 20% interest on the unpaid. I took it to court and got it droped, and the new bank repaid all the interest collected. Hurray. It pays to stay alert to things
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2006, 09:52 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,770
Default

I won't come close to winning a t-shirt nor should I but one major thing to watch in China is a bait and switch.

The Chinese street merchants are notorious for showing you one item and then giving you "another". This was done to us about three times in China. We got burned once.

The first time we were going to buy some silk robes and I tried one on and it fit perfectly. I said I'll take it. The woman folded it up and put it in a bag and then set it down behind a small counter. Luckily I am tall and saw there were two bags behind the counter. I paid her and sure enough she grabbed the "other" bag and tried to give it to me. I told her no the other bag was mine. She started to throw a fit. In the bag she handed me was a thin robe that was two sizes too small. I grabbed my bag and walked off with her yelling at me in Chinese. Luckily our Chinese guide was with us so we knew she was just mad and not threatening to kill us. He had also told us to be wary of these people's tricks.

An hour later Betty was in a stall of another vendor and I stood outside. I saw her try on another robe and then the partner of that vendor did the same thing and put a bag behind the counter. I walked in and grabbed Betty and said: "It's time to go."

I did get burned though. I bought a cashmere Polo sweater. It was a whopping $10 but when we got back to the ship I opened up the bag to put it on and though it was the right size it wasn't the same sweater. It was a reject with a streaked dye job. I now have a lovely feeling cashmere sweater with streaks. Oh well.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Fern's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 5,104
Default

Mine only cost us $5.00 and it won't win, but it certainly made me feel stupid!

On our last cruise we stopped at Ocho Rios. A cab driver offered to take us shopping to a store in a safe area with great deals. We settled on $5.00 and as soon as we got in he wanted to take us on a tour for more $$. We said no, so he drove around for about 5 minutes. We ended up at the entrance to a very nice shopping area called Island Village!

We were very surprised after looking around and buying a few things in different stores to walk around a corner and see our ship about 3 minutes (walking distance) away !

He got us good! Maybe we should go back to attending the shopping presentations
__________________
Fern

"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."

Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Sea Princess 2014
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 16th, 2006, 12:54 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,875
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

I had a feeling most of these would involve cab drivers. Since this thread did not take off like I hoped it would, I think I may start a new one. If I don't get more stories then Fern, you WILL win by default.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 16th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Harry Martin's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 4,821
Send a message via AIM to Harry Martin
Default

These are very interesting stories ... Mike's robe tale really was eye-opening. I'll know to watch for that in the future.

Harry
__________________
Harry Martin
Moderator - Mexico and G/L message boards



[b]Get Lei'd!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old April 17th, 2006, 12:40 PM
CruzNut's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Tampa Bay area
Posts: 2,011
Default

This happened quite a while ago. When traveling in Europe, I took lots of time writing letters and postcards and you had to give them to the conceirge for stamping. Well, you guessed it - they pocketed the money and threw out the correspondence. Happened in quite a few hotels.
__________________

I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old April 17th, 2006, 12:55 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,875
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

We got dropped off at the airport in Amsterdam and the taxi driver added about $10.00 (us) to what the meter said for a "luggage" charge.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Booking a cruise through Overseas agency. Scam or real? marctheman Ask CruiseMates Staff 2 June 26th, 2009 03:38 PM
Keep Intouch While Overseas wwstn20fl All Things Cruising 3 March 4th, 2009 02:45 PM
Much DIFFERENT or much SAME overseas on RCCL?? jenne Royal Caribbean International 2 April 12th, 2008 11:51 AM
Warnings for overseas travel Peggy European & Mediterranean Destinations 2 June 29th, 2001 07:00 AM
Warnings for overseas travel Peggy Celebrity 3 June 27th, 2001 05:42 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:31 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1