Crowded metros and buses prove a perfect opportunity for a criminal to lift an unattended or unsecured bag from a visitor's arm, and other thieves will target individuals in airports and public transportation stations, especially in urban areas.
There are fake taxi cabs with drivers that can take advantage of you (often local crims who have borrowed a taxi), so to avoid being taken for a ride, it's best to hire an authorized taxi from an official rank (
These fake taxis can also be the starting point of Secuestro exprés (express kidnapping). If you are spending time in one place and find a good authorized taxi driver, grab their number; that way if you need to head out for the night or just get around, you can be sure you are getting someone reliable.
There are vendors in markets and shops all over Mexico who don't sell legitimate handicrafts, souvenirs
When buying handicrafts, look for the artist's name. Anything that has been mass produced overseas and being flogged off at a "too good to be true" price is likely a fake. If you're buying a limestone carving, give it a gentle scratch in a not-so-obvious spot. Real limestone marks, fakes do not.
Silver jewelry should be stamped with the hallmark, 925 and always buy from an established jewelry store, not the guy wandering up and down the beach.
Sometimes the items the beach vendors are real but are priced with the "westerner tax" as opposed to local prices, so if you want that colorful Mexican blanket, make sure you bargain! But don't be a tight-ass, these people need to make a living.
Fake police do exist and they will generally approach solo travelers. Fake officers have even infiltrated local police branches. In 2018, Mexican authorities and soldiers raided a police station in Puebla and arrested 113 people who were posing as police officers. As a result, the state authorities have taken over policing in that city due to local government corruption.
If a police officer approaches you, asking for documents or to go with them to the station or elsewhere don’t; instead contact emergency services on 112.
You've grabbed your bags and passed through customs only to be confronted with eager sales reps trying to put the hard sell on you for the best deals on accommodation, free transfers
Mexico is another destination which travelers need to take care
This scam is common across the world and it also happens in Mexico. You're staying a couple of days in Cancun and think "Maybe I'll hire a jet ski and take it for a spin" to fill in a few hours. So you pick a
If you plan to hire a jet
Where there are visitors, there are restaurant scams. Some of the popular ways restaurants and cafes will try and swindle unsuspecting diners for extra money include:
The best way to avoid getting ripped off while eating out is to eat at places which aren't chains or being promoted by touts; find the places the locals frequent. Double check that receipt when you ask for the bill for prices and items.
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Mexico's visitor numbers grow every year, which locals and government hope will continue. Before you go, here's what you need to know about crime and staying within the law.