Well you can be warned about scams when travelling abroad no matter where on this planet.
Myself have experienced a Taxi scam in Nha Trang, I were careful about the surroundings on the rest of our trip, and not losing our wits But the recently scams happened last Saturday in HCM, in my book took the cherries.
Sam no# 1 - BenThanh market Scam.
We went to pick up a suit from a tailor on Le Thanh Ton st and deceided to check out Ben Thanh market for may be a tie?
I was slighlty walking separated and ahead of my husband as he said he would watch out for baddies that could harm me - hahaha
My oh My - people were everywhere blocking off the walk lanes, counting, chatting, eating or squatting around. As I was trying to squeeze in these tiny lanes and tried not to walked on or over them. I was not aware ... my husband was grabbed by the shop stalls owners and all suddened he felt fingers on his welding band tried to move it about and slip the ring off his hand - Far out.
He quickly shaked his hand away, turnaround and made the tsktsk noise to whoever he thought was responsible.... but impossible to know, they all looked at him with smilling faces!
" Mr - you buy clothes from me"
He quickly caught up with me - " get out of here now" he whispered and once we were outside he told me about the "fonding incident = removing the welding band off his hand"
Scam no# 2 - Mailinh taxi
Lucky us so I thought of the moment we saw a parked MailLinh Taxi just outside the market gate. Quick - Jump in.
Everything looked OK. He turned on the meter and off we went to our hotel in Cao Thang st - District 3 which normally would cost about 40-50k vnd
So what happened next got me totaly gobsmaked.
Still talking about the Benthanh market incident as we had seen that the meter started normally with 10,000 vnd and nothing was out of ordinary, so we carried on our topic until we reached our hotel. With the sun glaring over the meter we thought Whoa ! Cool ! only 25k so peeled out 30k and gave to driver.
This idiot shook his head, pointed to the meter and mouthed off Meter 250k !!!! yes the meter now indeed read 250k.
My husband said - Look mate you are joking yeah? this is a ripped off - it is impossible that we have travelled this istance . Listen we were on your taxi for 5 mins top. He shooked his head and said "Meter - 250 thousand vnd" The guy was puting on this really agressive/angry tone and menace look but my husband pushed me off the car and quickly peeled off another 30k , threw them on the seat.
At the same time he told the driver "Mate you got the wrong guy - I tell the hotel secuirty to get your taxi number and report you to the police - You are a cheat and a fake = Be happy that I pay this amount".
As the hotel security approaching the car - This idiot was mumbling something probaly swearing words and drove off. Lets us rather shaking and disbelieved.
I tired to recall this idiot ID number but for some reason I just couldn't as I was glad that we were not hurt or get in some stupid quarrels.
However hard these idiots are trying, they will not deter us from making our travels plan for next year - but not to HCM city . We have withnessed and withstood these scams first hand - water off the duck back.
Watchout for the scammers they are becoming very creative. Anything lenghts to remove cash, belongings from you - illegally.