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.
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