Avoid Being A Victim on Holiday.


Today I’m going to save you a lot of Money and Hassle, today’s newsletter is all about the scams to avoid in Lanzarote or any other destination.

All purchases are final!

What that means is there are no refunds or exchanges. Consumer law over here is different to the UK, although the majority of businesses know it’s important to look after the customer it is still your responsibility to ensure you are happy with goods and services before you pay for them. So as No Refunds are the norm, there are a few scams about.

Credit Card

The biggest headache is Time Share, although it may not be called time share.

Would you part company with £4000 to a complete stranger which you met 90 minutes ago in your local shopping centre. Of Course not! So please explain to me why people do it here, be on your guard. Be Aware as I’ve already said there are NO Refunds.

Hint: You don’t get anything for nothing, maybe you’re given a free scratch card and you’re the first winner in a week (more likely the past 10 mins). There’s a free trip involved or come and see a beautiful new complex and get x for free. Unlikely!


The electronics scam

You see a Camera for €45 in the window, chances are it’s a faulty one and either you can’t return it or you can but it’s the last one so you have to pay €400 to get the model they have in stock. Also watch out for the expensive accessories scam. You are told that your new camera will run better with a bigger battery or you need a bigger SD card. Problem is you get charged over the odds for those accessories.

The money exchange scam

You see a great exchange rate outside a shop that resembles a pound store, they sell booze, cigarettes, cameras, hair straightners and low and behold exchange money. It took Tesco’s years before they could be a bank, so how come this corner shop can beat your banks exchange rate? Well they can’t the either want €500 plus for that advertised rate or want a credit card (so they can clone it). Also if you do go for it but at the drastically reduced rate offered, you then watch them count it, pop it into an envelope and later wonder why it’s €50 light because it didn’t all go in the envelope or they switched envelopes.

Deaf and Dumb Scam

I recently saw a Local Police officer shout at one of these people and they jumped, strange I thought they were deaf. No It’s a scam, if you’re approached by someone with a clipboard wanting your email address for charity, avoid them they then point to the fact you should give them €10. If you don’t your email address gets spammed or used for that Nigerian bank email scam.

Lucky Lucky Men

There not lucky at all, maybe the fake Rolex will be right twice a day or the handbag last you a whole week. You not only get ripped off but possibly have you pockets picked by others they work with. These street traders are usually illegal and you have no come back whatsoever.

Jet Ski Scam

You rent a jet ski from someone on the beach and then when you return you get blamed for damaging it, all of a sudden some heavies arrive to make sure you pay up!

Cash Machine Scam

Only ever use a cash machine that is part of a bank, if it eats your card you can go in and get it back. Always check that the keyboard is not lose (a fake one on top of the real one) Hey! you can get a mobile phone in your pocket that in 1969 would have needed a football pitch size computer to have the same power, fake intelligent keyboards are easy nowadays.

Broken Taxi Meter

After you ask the cost, the driver gives you a shrug and tells you the meter is broken. “Don’t worry, it’s cheaper this way”, he assures you.

Except that it’s almost definitely not going to be cheaper and once you’re at the destination, it becomes much harder to argue about the price of the fare.

How to deal with it: Agree a price before you get in or keep searching for a taxi with a working meter.

So you know roughly what a fair price should be, do a bit of online research before your holiday. Guidebooks such as Lonely Planet and Rough Guides sometimes offer this kind of information and you can ask at your hotel when you get there. Also the Uber or Grab Car App will give you a good indication of price.

The Spill

Walking down the street, you suddenly feel something wet hit you on the back or shoulder. Almost immediately, a friendly bystander leaps into action and helps to clean you up. In the confusion, he’s also helping himself to your wallet.

How to deal with it: Shock and confusion play a big part in this scam, so try to compose yourself as best you can. Step back from anyone trying to “clean” you and insist you do it yourself.

Bear in mind that this trick can work with any kind of distraction, from having a fake baby thrown at you to a street-side magic show.

These are just a few of the holiday scams around so you must be on your guard at all times, always do some research before you buy something or enter into a contract. It is always better to walk away and have a think about it, don’t let anyone pressure you.