How it works:
- Version 1: scammers posing as police officers stop you on the streets and demand your passport. Once you hand it over, they make up a reason why you need to pay a ‘fine’ to get it back.
- Version 2: at temples, you may encounter fake police who try to sell you police badges.
- Version 3: fake police offer to take a photo for you. If you allow, they will then ask for a fee while holding your camera hostage.
Places to beware:
- Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap: Angkor, Banteay Srei, Preah Khan, Bayon Temple
What to do:
- Be skeptical: if you have not broken the law.
- Three steps: verify badges and threaten to call the police hotline. Never give your passport – only show a photocopy. Insist you will only comply at a police station with a lawyer or someone from your embassy.
- Valuables: hide in a money belt/hidden pouch and use a cheap spare wallet with little cash which can be given up.