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7 Dangerous Overseas Scams Every Singaporean Traveller Should Watch Out For [Infographic]

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Jeff Cuellar

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With the amount of hours most of us work every week, it’s a miracle that the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) isn’t overflowing with patients. When you think about it, the only reason more people aren’t having work-related mental breakdowns is because of one word – holiday.

A relaxing holiday abroad can clear up just about any work-related stress build-up you’ve had to endure over the course of several months. That is… unless you get scammed out of your hard-earned cash while on holiday.

Unfortunately, not every holiday is a relaxing affair. Sometimes, you’ll just have the bad luck of being targeted by scammers who see you as a walking piggy bank. But it doesn’t have to be that way – you just need to keep your eyes open for 7 of the most common overseas scams out there.

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A Little Travel Insurance Goes a Long Way

What can you to do ensure that you don’t end up just another scammed tourist? As my old Drill Sergeant used to say, “Stay alert, stay alive.” In other words, be aware of your surroundings and never, no matter how nice a local may be, don’t be too trusting.

Travel insurance is a must-buy for every traveller – because you never know whether you’ll run into flight cancellations, delays, get sick, injured, or scammed during your holiday.

Plus, it’s not that expensive. You can even sign up for travel insurance quickly and easily here. Also, there are several credit cards that offer FREE travel insurance. Check them out here.

 

What are some other dangerous scams to watch out for when traveling abroad? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook! For even more useful information on everything personal finance, visit MoneySmart today!

 

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Jeff Cuellar

I'm known by many titles: copywriter, published author, literary connoisseur, ex- U.S. Army intelligence analyst, and Champion of Capua.