29 July 2012
Globelink Travel Insurance are issuing a timely reminder to everyone to be on their guard whilst travelling anywhere in the world. Tourists are particularly vulnerable because they are in unfamiliar surroundings and are often victims of various scams and distraction theft by pickpockets, and other thieves.
Be aware that these pondlife creatures are everywhere, airports, bus and railway stations, tourist attractions etc., just waiting for the opportunity to steal your Money, Credit Cards, Mobile phones and Passports. They often work in groups of 3 or 4 using all types of tricks to distract their unsuspecting victim and they have no concern whatsoever about your feelings or the disruption they will cause to your plans. Be very wary of people asking for directions or trying to sell you something in the street. Be careful about who is watching when you get your purse or wallet out to pay for something in a restaurant, shop or market.
Do not ever under any circumstance leave your bag unattended and be particularly careful where you place your valuables whilst relaxing in a café or bar. Some of the tricks used to distract people might be an attractive male or female passing by, a faked argument, somebody dropping something, another diner engaging you in friendly conversation. Remember, it only takes one second for these organised teams to walk away with your bag, but it could take you many weeks to replace the items and might even prevent you from travelling.
Be extremely careful when driving you car in another country, or using a hired vehicle. We have received quite a number of claims from people who have been robbed by organised gangs. The usual ploy is a car or motorcycle pulls alongside and a passenger indicates that you have a puncture or some other problem with your vehicle and when you stop, they appear friendly and offer to assist you. There is often a second vehicle who’s occupants drive off with your bags whilst you are distracted by the problem with your car. Be vigilant when you stop at service areas and try to never leave your vehicle unattended at any time during a journey. If someone indicates that there is something wrong with your car, you should not stop, but drive on carefully until you reach a busy well lit area.
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