Who we are
Travelscams.org is the largest crowdsourced database of tourist targeted scams, crime and safety globally, with 1629 tourist targeted scams and 1040 user stories shared on 81 countries.
This site has been created simply because we want to travel anywhere we want in the world safely and confidently.
Ever wondered how it feels like to glide along the Ganges in India’s holiest City, to trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or to witness the wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara?
Just go, as we have you covered on all potential pitfalls you may face.
The scam was actually documented online but he was just ignorant. However, what struck him was that this scam has been around for years, even decades! In fact, it is still around today in 2019, and it is the same for so many other scams and crime no matter where you are in Asia, Europe, Africa or the Americas.
We have since concluded that this was down to three reasons:
- In many places, local police would not or cannot help due to limited resources or lack of evidence.
- Most victims do not have the time to stay in a country to seek recourse or to influence authorities to get rid of such practices.
- Guidebooks and influencers generally do not touch on these issues due to various interests.
And that, inspired the creation of this site – a project to crowdsource all tourist targeted scams, crime and key safety issues to watch out for as only travellers can look out for one another.
How the site works
Instead of having to trawl through long, very general posts scattered all over the web, you can filter scams by cities and these are shown in bullet points for a fast, easy read (Google actually ranks articles higher if they are long, but to us brevity is better).
User stories are also collected for extra colour and votes are cast to surface only the most relevant and common pitfalls one may face.
In short, this site aims to educate and to prevent, not to scare or to sensationalize for page views. In fact, vast majority of trips are trouble-free, as long as research is done and common sense exercised.
That said, you need to be ready whenever you are targeted by professionals who have been doing this day in and day out for years.
It is our dream one day that all of us can travel anywhere we want in the world safely and confidently, as true freedom, lies in being bold.