Of course the real artists out there don’t need to resort to violence to get hold of your cash, they just make the most of your gullibility to make their living. Tempting you with promises of an easy buck, sex or just by making the most of your fears, you’re soon led to open and then empty your wallets.
You can avoid most scams by following the sensible strategy of never parting money for anything more expensive than a hotel room without considering it for 3 days first. If you’re even the slightest unsure just ask some friends and if they start laughing at you then you’ll know you were on the verge of being taken for a ride.
Road Junky covers the world of con artists in some depth in our travel scams guide.