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Budapest Scam - Warning

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Budapest Scam - Warning

I have just returned from a business trip to Budapest and much to my annoyance I fell for a scam. I am widely travelled and normally veer well away from situations like this but this one time my guard was down and so I feel obliged to let others know - forearmed is forewarned.

I was simply wandering about near the river on the Pest side and these 2 friendly girls asked for directions, (i was looking at a map and looking for a bar). They were in their late twenties. They wanted to go to a bar, and asked me to join them. I said no way but in the end they persuaded me to come along for one. It was only about 7pm and I thought what was the harm in one beer after a days work ? I suppose the fact they seemed to know exactly which bar we should go to should have raised an alarm bell - but it didn't.

Anyway we had a few shots and their company was pleasant. At about 8.30 ish i thought i better head off. The bill came and I was expecting about £30 equivalent maybe more but I knew how much drinks should be so wasn't expecting anything much higher. It was £600 !!

I only had £80 on me. Conveniently there was an ATM outside which i was walked to. I stayed calm throughout but was thinking what the hell could I do ? At the ATM I pretended to start drawing the money but then withdrew my card and ran and ran. The owner and one of the girls were so surprised I got away.

Yes looking back there were many signs indicating this whole situation was wrong but I am always trying to believe in people's good nature. It is getting harder to..

So take warning from my story please.

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47. Re: Budapest Scam - Warning

90,000 FTS is around $410

look at it this way diego,in some countries you would have been straightforward mugged or robbed

but at least you had some pleasant company for an hour or so

and nothing got hurt except your pride and wallet

best of luck for the rest of your stay

tony

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49. Re: Budapest Scam - Warning

I have been cheated myself (see story) at Budapest Central Pub.

This is criminal. It should not be legal for bars to vastly overcharge. I think of a common

legal action to take where all victims participate. There must be way to get

the money back.

juergna

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50. Re: Budapest Scam - Warning

If the price is given on the menu they can overcharge as much as they want. It may be immoral, but not illegal.