Common Ways Scamming Tourists in İstanbul


Common Ways Scamming Tourists in İstanbul

Fraud with Emotional Exploitation

Unregistered, unchecked individuals or companies produce scenarios to get low prices and more and start exploiting you with manipulation. Boredom with grievance stories!

First of all, it is presented to you as quality service, good human relations, moral attitudes, and of course affordable prices, then telling you a tragic story, in the beginning, scammers asking debt money!  If they can't reach their goal, they will start to threaten and blackmail! Remember, they are in different minds, and what they do is profit. 

Cab İstanbul likes price competition, it always brings quality, and a price arises depending on the conditions of the country and the quality of service provided.  If the tourists visiting Turkey prefer such people to get cheaper service, it would hurt us too. 

Below are some of the incidents related to tourist scams happening.

If you want to avoid possible scams during your business trip or a vacation in Istanbul, the first thing you should do is rent a car with a driver from Cab Istanbul. If you are using the Istanbul airport transfer service as soon as you land at one of the airports in Istanbul, your driver will tell you what to avoid in the city.

Beware of These Scams in Istanbul

If you are coming abroad ( Turkey) as a tourist and do not know the city you are going to very well, you should pay attention to some fraud methods in order not to be in a difficult situation in İstanbul (in small cities there is not much fraud). Otherwise, you may suddenly find yourself in unpleasant situations and your carefully planned trip may hurt you!

  • Attention to Taxi Drivers!
  • Attention To Fake Cops at the Market
  • Map Dealers Would-be Thieves
  • Pay Attention When Using Your Credit Card
  • Attention Your Camera
  • Attention, Is It Really A Hotel Attendant?
  • Attention, Shoe Shiner
  • Attention to Your Valuable Items on Public Buses!
  • Attention, Fake Gems
  • Attention, Fake Perfume, and Bags
  • Attention, Club Scam in Istanbul

Drinking With Beautiful Girl

Nightclub scam that causes you to pay a drink bill of hundreds or even thousands of euros. Thieves love it because it is easy and the risks of identification, arrest, trial, and punishment are almost nonexistent. That is definitely happening in Istanbul. As you stroll around Sultanahmet Square and Istiklal Street on your own in the evenings, a well-dressed man approaches you who speaks English. He asks you to take a picture with his cell phone, or he makes up another story.

He has a conversation with you, then suggests you have a drink together. (He talks about beautiful girls if you're a boy) To gain your trust, he can first take you to a normal place. This could be to buy you dinner.

As soon as you sit in the nightclub, women, and maybe other men, sit at your table and order champagne (cheap wine that often looks like champagne). As for the invoice, you will be expected to pay and may be equal to the total amount of money on your side; Maybe your credit card will be extorted and a large sum will be charged. They usually take all the money you have or have access to. If you protest the fraud, you could be beaten in the backroom or even threatened with death until you agree to pay.

How Taxi Drivers Scamming Tourists in Istanbul

Taxis in Istanbul are one of the cheap, easy, and convenient ways of transportation, there are more than 22,000 taxis roaming the city, only the fool thinks that all drivers are not honest. Growing cases of tourists stumbling while riding a taxi in Istanbul are spotters. It is always good to have a level of doubt and diligence. To start with this article we must first know the price of a taxi in Istanbul.

 Istanbul Taxi Drivers Scam!  How İt Can Be Prevented?

Prevent it: Dear reader, do not judge a whole country by a scammer because someone was exposed to the scene or because of this article, there are many already wonderful taxi drivers.  İstanbul is a wonderful city! Also, Turkish people have a nice tourist culture, the purpose of this article is not to be vulnerable to accidents because of your kindness.

Important advice: Before getting into the taxi, take note of the license plate number of the taxi, there are license plate numbers written in large numbers that distinguish each commercial taxi from the other against forgotten items and fraud. The taxi drivers can be reliable, honest drivers, nevertheless we recommend quickly saving the taxi plate in your brain or smartphone

Information: There are two types of commercial  taxi yellow colors and this price is like the one we explained above, while the Blue (Turquoise taxi) is higher than the price of the first by a simple and make a difference and can be ordered by application

Switch Turkish Money

Monument: In the blink of an eye is switching currency while you are busy with something else Here's explaining the process of the event carried out by some taxi drivers in Istanbul suppose for example that the value of your trip to somewhere was 15 Turkish lira and you give him the value of 50 Turkish TL, will move Light (as usual) and away from your eyes by replacing the 50-sheet with the five-class paper (ready to have in advance) and will extend his hand to you waiting for the remaining 10 TL while you are waiting for the rest of the fifty you will get confused by this thing since you are not familiar with the types of Turkish securities You will end up paying 60 TL at 15 TL. Unfortunately, they are creative in this matter and hundreds have been subjected to this monument and the reason that the fifty paper is similar to the five paper they have in terms of color and shape and this is one of the most famous scams of taxi drivers to tourists in Istanbul/Turkey

The solution: To avoid falling into this type of case, always make sure you have a small change and even coins that you need to ride the taxi so that you can pay the taxi driver cash. To pay an exact requested amount is a good way to avoid a scam in Istanbul.

Taxi Driver And Fake Money

Monument: Again suppose your destination was 17 TL but you gave him 20 TL, the driver will search inside the taxi and in the car drawer to look for a change but after a lengthy search will appear one TL claiming that he found this lira only and give it to you to forgive him The rest of the money that remained (puts you in front of the status quo, it is true that the remaining amount is not large, but this process was carried out with you and with others and so on until rebelling and doing what is greater for this does not allow him to do such a thing, give the value of your desire better than laugh to you

Solution: You have two solutions first if you do not have a chance you can let him go there is no other solution, especially if the value is low is true that my words are contrary to the above, but maybe in a place where no exchange and no possibility of obtaining money for you and will continue to work second, sit in the car and do not get out of it and ask him to go to the nearest exchange shop nearby in order to exchange currencies and get smaller values and you will be surprised at the speed at which you will get smaller cash values to give you the rest of your money… Also do not enter a taxi in Turkey without change


Roberta Close

We were in Istanbul on December 30, 2021, we were trying to have fun , two guys say they are toursit, they were looks gentleman, and they were handsome two Iraqi boy. Just suggestion dont trust who contacted contact you on the street.

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