The chances are if you are reading this you have just been scammed too and have just paid £££s for nothing.
The scam is a clever way to get you to part with money for tea a cereomony that you get invited to by friendly student types. This just happened to me, the scam worked by getting me to first take a picture of a group, secondly by keeping me talking and making me feel like I was being unfriendly by not following them to the tea ceremony and thirdly by also seeming to pay the same huge price at the end of drinking 6 thimbles of tea. I was with a colleague (both of us seasoned travellers) and they managed to keep us apart until we had paid.
If this just happened to you then
1) you are not an idiot this is a very clever and professionally worked scam and you are not the first and won't be the last
2) you can get your money back and do try to do this as soon as you can
I knew I had been done as soon as we were shown the door and a quick google searched confirmed it. I walked around for a bit feeling stupid and resigning myself to the loss of £180. It then occured to me that I should get my money back.
The fear is that in doing so it will get ugly, i didnt find this, just a some what grumpy girl who refunded us in 5 minutes. We were lucky as when we found the tea shop in there were 2 police men on hand to assist with a quick word. If the police had not been there I am sure we would have got at least some money back.
Being scammed is horrible, the best way out is to get your money back, or at least try. The important lesson here is dont follow strangers no matter how freindly! It's sad but a reality that if you do you leave yourself open....