As a tourist in a foreign country, you become an easy target for scammers. You can be naive of the different cultures and customs and let your guard down when it should, in fact, be at its highest. It is common for people to not realize they are being scammed, or have been scammed until they check their pockets or look at their bank balance, so it is, therefore, important to stop the scam when it is in motion.
I will describe below some of the scams to watch out for and how to best avoid them. It is fair to say that many scams have the same core principles and are just variations of each other. Once you are accustomed to the signs of a scammer you will easily be able to spot future ones.
From each of the situations outlined below, there are valuable lessons to be learned regarding how to stop situations getting worse, and how to handle yourself. Some of these were attempted or actually performed on myself during my travels, so, unfortunately, I am talking from experience. Hopefully, you will be a little more vigilant after reading this and will be able to recognize suspicious behavior and act accordingly.