When traveling, a person always has to be on their guard. All countries and cities have their dangers and annoyances and India probably is one of the worlds leaders when it comes to scamming tourists.

Here are a few that we either encountered or heard about during our travels through the country and hopefully will help you when you travel to India or another developing country in the world.

1. Prepaid taxis – You have arrived at the airport or train station. You are exhausted and it is the middle of the night. Rickshaw and taxi drivers approach you before you barely have time to get off the platform and offer their services to take you to a hotel. They will tell you that the prepaid booth is closed, or that there isn’t one there. Don’t let them pressure you. Take your time to look around and ask the right people where the prepaid taxi booth is. You will pay a fair price to your hotel of choice and avoid being overcharged or taken to the wrong destination. For your safety take the prepaid taxi. Especially if you are new to the country. Keep your receipt from the booth and don’t give it to the driver until you have arrived at your destination. That is his receipt for payment from the company and your insurance that you will get to where you are going.

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