Look Out for the Bag Watching Scam

Look out for the bag watching scamThere are tons of travel scams out there to be mindful of (like this one and this one), and today, we bring you another one, this time straight from the State Department’s Twitter handle:

A7: The “bag watching” scam – stranger asks you to watch his bag, leaves, returns with police or someone posing as police. The bag may contain drugs/illegal items. Scammers then extort money in exchange for police to overlook the incident.

— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov)

Of course it’s important to be respectful of true police or law enforcement, but the fact is that sometimes people imitate them to take advantage of tourists—especially in underdeveloped destinations. Be aware (especially if someone asks you for a favor), and always keep your guard up.

Related: Beware of the Emailed Speeding Ticket Scam



Have your own tip? Email it to [email protected]!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 1,349!

Want even more travel tips? Sign up here for the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! Just fill in your email address and check the Daily Travel Tip box—and you’ll have Johnny’s best tips, straight to your inbox each day!

If you already subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can sign up on the same page. Just fill in your email and check the Daily Travel Tip box on the same page and you’ll receive an email with a link to update your Hundredbacklinks.com preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile.


The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Look Out for the Bag Watching Scam
4 (80%) 1 vote

About the Author

I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

Be the first to comment on "Look Out for the Bag Watching Scam"

Leave a comment