Unfortunately, in every country you visit there will always be a few dishonest people who will try to take advantage of your trust and naivety as a tourist in order to rob you of your money. The best thing you can do to protect yourself while travelling is to be armed with knowledge. When you know about the common scams that are out there, you will be able to recognise when something sounds not quite right. This awareness, coupled with your intuitive gut instinct, is the best way to protect yourself against scammers.
That is why I want to tell you about the Gem Shop Scam, a very popular con in many countries (especially in large cities in Asia such as Bangkok) that has successfully duped many travellers. Let’s take a look at how this scam works and how you can avoid it.