20 Most Common Tourist Scams in Cambodia

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat


Cambodia has firmly established itself on the tourist scene in Southeast Asia.

Many visitors travel to Cambodia to see iconic locations like the stunning temples of Angkor as well as moving historical sites like the Killing Fields.

Other reasons to visit include the delicious food, colorful markets, and the chance to take a river cruise along the mighty Tonle Sap that bisects this beautiful country.

Coupled with the low costs of visiting, Cambodia has seen an influx of tourists in recent years.

However, this has also led to a rise in tourist targeted scams and petty crime. Read on to learn how to protect yourself here!




1. Visa scam

cambodia visa scam

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How it works:

This takes place at the land borders between Cambodia and Thailand. Although you will not even have entered the country yet, this is very definitely a Cambodian scam.

While in the queue to obtain a visa from the Cambodian immigration authorities, you may be approached by people posing as Cambodian immigration officials.

They will offer to get your visa for you so that you don’t have to wait. However, this will cost much more.

An extension of this scam involves “officials” approaching you in line and telling you that you don’t have the correct documentation.

They also claim that you need to provide medical documents and immunization certificates. If you don’t have them, they can help facilitate the visa for you, again for a higher price.

Note: since late 2016, children require a visa (free in the past) as well, unless he / she has a Cambodian parent.


What to do:

If you are approached when you are in line, the people in question are almost certainly not officials working for Cambodian Immigration.

Do not engage and only deal with the real officials at the immigration counter.

A tip is to say that you already have a visa and are just waiting to get your passport stamped.


2. Coin collectors

cambodian coins

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How it works:

This is one of the most common scams in Cambodia and takes place at tourist hot spots.

This involves a friendly local who starts chatting with you and explains that he is an avid coin collector.

He will first establish where you come from. Then, he claims not to have any coins from your country and would love to have some to complete his collection.

They will offer to exchange these for Cambodian currency and promise to give you a fair rate. In reality however, they will be using a very bad rate.


What to do:

Politely explain that you have just changed all your money and only have local currency.


3. Scam orphanages


How it works:

Do you know that over the past 5 years, the number of orphanages in Cambodia has risen by 75%?

Actually, 75% of the children here are not orphans! These orphanages exploit poor families by claiming that their children can get free education and food there.

However, there are also children who are “rented” by these orphanages so that they can get donations from tourists.

In reality, most of the donations go to the owners of the orphanages. The children are also poorly treated and forced to act pitiful to attract donations.


What to do:

Do not visit or donate to these orphanages. If you really want to help, check out restaurants that take kids and teach them hospitality skills.

You can also stay in NGO accommodation which help to teach and encourage Cambodian youth.

Alternatively, donate to established charities.


4. Angkor Watt touts

Cambodia touts

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How it works:

You will find tons of touts outside Angkor Watt. They sell guidebooks, maps, water, food, souvenir and what have you.

However, that is not the scam itself, the scam is the lies thrown about, such as

  • Claiming that the guidebook / map costs $20 when you can get it for $1 at the temple.
  • Insisting that no water or food is sold in the temple when there is.


What to do:



5. Incense / prayer scam

Image source: moriachappell.com


How it works:

At Angkor Watt, do not accept incense sticks from anyone.

If you do, they will show you how to make a quick prayer, and then charge you $5 for each stick.


What to do:

Firmly reject.


6. Tonle Sap floating village rice scam


How it works:

Tonle Sap is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and you can find 3 floating villages on the lake.

Most tourists are brought to the Chong Khneas floating village as it is the closest to Siem Reap. This village is a tourist trap and scam.

During the boat tour, you will encounter other boats pulling up and asking for one dollar. These are usually asked by a kid with a water snake around them. They hold the snake up you to you, which could be a ploy to intimidate you to pay.

After a while, the boat driver will claim that the community here is so poor that they cannot afford proper food and safe water. He then suggests buying food or stationery for them.

You will be brought to a shop and be pressured to buy rice, noodles, books or pencils, etc for the local school at crazy prices (e.g. $50-$100).

What really happens is that these items will not be given to the kids. Rather, they will be returned to the shop with the “donation” shared amongst the scammers.

And when the tour ends, tips will be demanded.

The whole thing is a tourist trap as well, as there isn’t much to see and you might be scammed further (e.g. paying an inflated price for entrance tickets).


What to do:

Don’t waste your time and money.

If you really want to see floating villages, catch them in Vietnam instead, or engage a licensed, reputable tour operator online via:

  • TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, etc can be found here – the most popular Tonle Sap tours include:
  •  Klook: best day tours platform in Asia – excellent curation of tours, tickets and vehicle transfer – one such popular Tonle Sap tour:


  • Your hotel / hostel affiliated tour operator: reliable but generally not the best or cheapest.


7. Snatch theft


How it works:

Generally, there are two versions of snatch thefts – strike and run, or distract and grab, in many possible contexts:

  • Bikes / mopeds riding past, with a pillion rider doing the snatch.
  • Snatching from behind you, then running into a getaway car to escape.
  • At restaurants, stealing unattended bags / valuables on the chair or table.
  • Hotels airports, where distracted / tired tourists carry all their valuables out.
  • The beach where tourists are relaxed, or when they head to the water.
  • Nightclubs, where “prostitutes” pretend to proposition tourists by grabbing them but are really trying to steal your valuables.
  • Seats beside a train’s doors where a thief gets out just before the doors close.
  • Stealing of bags on overnight trains / buses.
  • Valuables snatched through a car / bus window.
  • Thefts around ATMs.


What to do:

When seated / not moving:

While out walking / on transport:

  • Use a cross body anti-theft bag facing away from the road / windows of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry valuables in your hands when walking by the road or when beside a vehicle window / train door.

Other measures:

  • Leave valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – our review) which covers loss of valuables etc.


8. Milk / food beggar with child scam

sick children sob story

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How it works:

This is a scam you may see around Pub Street at Siem Reap.

A local, usually a woman, will approach you in the street with a small child or a baby. She will explain that the child is very sick and needs medicine or baby milk which she cannot afford.

Many visitors feel compelled to help and hand over some money, but this is almost always a scam.

The scammer will reject your offers of money, and bring you to a shop to buy milk / food at inflated prices instead.

After buying, the scammer will return the item to the shop and split the amount you paid earlier.


What to do:

Firmly reject. If you want to help, check out restaurants that take kids and teach them hospitality skills.

Or you could stay in NGO accommodation which help to teach and encourage Cambodian youth.

Alternatively, you can donate to established charities.


9. Invitations to visit a local home (gambling)


How it works:

This scam also takes place in other countries such as China, Malaysia, etc.

As you are admiring an attraction or eating in a cafe, you will be approached by a friendly local who asks where you are from.

When you tell them, they remark that coincidentally, one of their family members is about to move to your country and is very nervous.

They ask if you would mind talking to them so that they feel less stressed and invite you for dinner at their home.

If you agree, you will get there to find a gambling game in progress. You will be forced to join in and bet for money which you will then lose.

A variation of this scam is that once you get to the house, you will be held at gun point if you refuse to participate in the gambling game.


What to do:

Be skeptical of anyone who says they have a family member traveling to your home country, or who invites you to their home.


10. Pickpocketing


How it works:

In Cambodia, pickpocket happens around crowded tourist attractions in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

These thieves work in gangs, and will hang around to spot anyone carrying an expensive or neglected phone / jewelry / valuable / bag and where it is stored.

Once they mark a target, they surround you and then work like this:

  • One keeps a lookout and blocks passer-bys from seeing the scene.
  • Another blocks, pushes or distracts you (e.g. ask you an innocent question / survey / drop something and ask you about it).
  • A third steals your valuable / slashes your bag and then passes it on.
  • The last hides the loot under a jacket / coat / newspaper and then escapes.

Also watch out for the kids following you around at Angkor Watt. They are just waiting for the right time to strike.


What to do:

Stay alert and watch out for suspicious characters, though that is easier said than done.

The best solution is still, to not make yourself look like a target. 

Further, make it impossible for thieves to steal from you with these methods:

  • Carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the actual one.
  • Keep your wallet in the front pocket.
  • Conceal small valuables in a money belt / hidden pouch.
  • Store large valuables in a slash-resistant, lockable anti-theft bag.
  • Leave most valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe, secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – our review) which covers loss of valuables.



1. Angkor Watt (sunrise) tuk tuk scam

angkor watt sunrise

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How it works:

Tuk tuks have a really bad reputation in Asia (e.g. Vietnam, Thailand) and it is no different in Cambodia.

During your trip, you might have engaged a tuk tuk driver who offers you a cheap price to tour Angkor Watt. This tour starts from watching the sunrise at Angkor Watt the next day.

On the day itself, the driver shows up and drives you to the park entrance. Once the park tickets are bought however, the driver changes his mind and charges you an inflated price instead.

As the entrance is 5km from the park, you won’t see spare tuk tuks around. In your rush to not miss the sunrise, you are forced to negotiate the price but still end up paying an exorbitant amount.

Should a price not be agreed upon, you will simply be ditched.


What to do:

Engage a licensed, reputable tour operator online which you can find via:


  • Your hotel / hostel affiliated tour operator: reliable but generally not the best or cheapest.

For offline operators, to determine if one is legitimate, ask these questions:

  • Is the operator licensed and is there a professional website, physical office, business email and working telephone number?
  • Are there online reviews? Do they sound legitimate?
  • Is the price too low to be true? What does it cover (vehicles, guides, safety, insurance, hidden fees, etc)?

When paying:

  • Avoid paying in full upfront unless through a reputable platform / operator.
  • If using an online platform, do not make payment off the platform.


2. Tuk tuk partnership

cambodia tuk tuk

Image source: lifeofabackpacker.com


How it works:

You might find your tuk tuk driver missing at the final leg of your tour.

At this point, another tuk tuk driver will appear out of nowhere and offer to bring you back to your hotel.

Should you accept, you will find your first tuk tuk driver back at the destination (the hotel).

The driver will claim that you have cheated him by not paying and taking another tuk tuk. An exorbitant amount is demanded as compensation.


What to do:

If you want a tuk tuk, engage one through your hotel / hostel or day tour platforms like Klook (best in Asia) – 10+ options to choose from:


Also do not pay any tuk tuk driver upfront until all services have been provided.

If possible, try to get the driver’s mobile so that he remains contactable. If caught in such a situation, negotiate the price down.


3. “Official bus” / taxi – tuk tuk partnership after crossing border

cambodia tuk tuks

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How it works:

After crossing the border from Thailand, you will find yourself hounded by touts.

They will claim that you have to take the official bus to get to the bus station as it is illegal to take other modes of transport.

Should you accept their offer, you will be taken to the tourist bus station and put on an expensive bus.

You will then end up somewhere out of town, but in front of a travel agency with many tuk tuks. To get you to your destination, these tuk tuks will charge exorbitant prices.


What to do:

Instead of taking the “official” bus, approach the taxi drivers down the street instead (about 100 yards away). They are no saints as well, so bargain hard.

Also, do not pay in full until reaching your destination. This is because some taxi drivers might break off halfway and send you to a tuk tuk in the outskirts.

They may use lame excuses such as pretending that they do not know the way or that cars are not allowed in town.

Ideally, keep your luggage in the car beside you rather than in the boot.

This is so you can leave easily without the risk of the driver driving off with your luggage.


4. Non-metered taxis

Cambodia taxis

Image source: howtogotocambodia.com


How it works:

This scam is a problem all over Southeast Asia and is particularly prevalent in Cambodia.

Once you enter a taxi, the driver will tell you that the meter is broken or that it is cheaper for you to pay a flat rate.

However, this is a scam. You will be paying more for the taxi ride than you would if they used the meter.


What to do:

Ask if the meter can be used.

Else you can estimate a fair price of any route to use to negotiate. You can find this by checking:

  • With your hotel / hostel staff.
  • An online taxi fare estimator / online travel forums.
  • Taxi booking apps like Uber, PassApp, Exnet, Itsumo, 711Go.

Take a photo of the car license plate and also of the driver’s license in case anything goes wrong.

Else, you can also consider arranging private transport through your hotel / hostel or day tour platforms like Klook (best in Asia) – 20+ transport options.



5. Non-direct routes

Image source: adventuresaroundasia.com


How it works:

If you do get a taxi with a meter the driver will often try to find a way to inflate the fare.

This may mean that they drive all over town first before dropping you at your destination. Or they could drive deliberately through very crowded areas.


What to do:

You can estimate a fair price of any route by checking:

  • With your hotel / hostel staff.
  • An online taxi fare estimator / online travel forums.
  • Taxi booking apps like Uber, PassApp, Exnet, Itsumo, 711Go

In the cab, be very clear when communicating the destination you are heading to. More prominent landmarks around your destination can be mentioned.

During the ride, check your phone’s GPS to make sure you are headed in the correct direction.

Sometimes, drivers do take detours to avoid traffic jams, but that should not detract from the correct general direction.


6. Corrupt traffic police


How it works:

Many travellers rent a motorbike to get around in Cambodia and a corrupt traffic police officer will stop them at the side of the road.

They will claim that you have broken the law in some way and demand you pay a fine on the spot.

The favourite hot spot for this is at Golden Lion Roundabout in Sihanoukville.


What to do:

If you drive, follow all laws and make sure to bring your driving license along.

Hide your cash and valuables in a money belt or hidden pouch and use a cheap spare wallet with not much cash inside.

This will allow you to negotiate the bribe down when you show that you have not much cash on you.


7. Motorbike theft


How it works:

This often happens in tourist areas where many businesses rent motorbikes to foreigners.

Often a motorbike rental company will ask you to leave your passport with them as a collateral in exchange for a padlock and key.

They also have a copy of the key however and someone who works for them will follow you and wait for you to park your bike.

They will then unlock it with the spare key and drive off so that you think it has been stolen.

You will then have to pay the full cost of the bike to the rental company in order to get your passport back.


What to do:

Do not hand over your passport as collateral.

Also try to rent a motorbike from a reputable business – Klook (best day tours platform in Asia) has one such option:


Finally, do consider investing in your own lock and key (e.g. getting a padlock that can’t be broken without professional cutting tools).



1. A rape accusation


How it works:

This is one of the most disturbing scams in Cambodia and although it may be rare it does happen.

The scam is targeted at male travellers who meet a local woman and become friends over several days. At some point she will find a reason to be alone with you in your hotel room and will then leave.

Soon after that you will be approached by a gang of men claiming to be her brothers or other family members. They will accuse you of raping her.

The woman will suddenly appear at the scene in tears and corroborate this story.

The group demands that you pay some ‘damage money’ and leave Cambodia immediately, or they will press charges against you.


What to do:

Be wary of female locals who appear to be extremely friendly before you have even got to know each other.

If possible, avoid being alone with a female in a situation that can be manipulated, such as a hotel room.


2. Fake police officers

Streets of Siem Reap

Streets of Siem Reap


How it works:

This is a common scam in Cambodia and you may find yourself stopped by someone claiming to be a police officer.

The scammer will ask for your passport. When you hand it over. they will make up a reason why you need to pay a ‘fine’ to get it back.


What to do:

Firmly reject any offer to go someone’s house for tea, or anywhere an overly friendly local may suggest.

If you have not obviously broken the law, be very skeptical when a “police officer” approaches you.

Three steps you can use to shake them off:

  • Verify badges and identification. Threaten to call the police hotline (end of this article).
  • Never give your passport if asked. Show only a photocopy of it.
  • If they want to fine you or check your bags, insist to only do so at a police station (use your GPS to find it or check with a local) with a lawyer or someone from your embassy.

Next, you should have hidden your valuables in a money belt or hidden pouch and use a cheap spare wallet with not much cash inside.

This way, the scammers may simply let you go since you do not seem to have much cash.


3. A friend who has been robbed


How it works:

This scam has started to arise in Cambodia lately and is difficult to detect.

It will start when someone at your guesthouse (a fellow traveller) befriends you.

You may go out and visit some attractions together or they may buy you a drink at the bar.

The idea is to earn your trust and make it seem as if they are a traveller as well.

Nearer to the end of your stay they will approach you and say that they have had all their possessions stolen.

They can get a new passport but their local consulate needs them to pay and they don’t have any money.

This is often a scam and you will never see them again once you give them the money.


What to do:

This is a difficult situation and sometimes it may be true.

If you want to help, offer to go with your friend to their consulate and pay for the new passport to make sure their story is genuine.

Else, politely say that you are unable to do so.



This is not a fear mongering exercise, as most visits are trouble free as long as you exercise some common sense.

However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Information below has been compiled from:


1. Violent crime, hazards, hotspots, terrorism, civil unrest

Image source: smartraveller.gov.au


How it works:

A brief summary:

  • Violent crime: crime rate is high, with snatch thefts and armed robberies potential threats.
  • Hazards: unexploded landmines in remote rural areas (Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Siem Reap, Kampong).
  • Hotspots: in the past, clashes with Thailand in the Preah Vihear area. Situation has improved as it was ruled that Cambodia has sovereignty over the area, though tensions remain.
  • Terrorism: no recent major history, though bomb plots have been foiled.
  • Civil unrest: political protests, demonstrations, marches are possible and can turn violent.


What to do:

Stay alert, avoid secluded areas and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist / flaunting valuables).

Monitor local media in case of any threats. Avoid the danger zones and demonstrations.


2. Medical care

Image source: phnompenhpost.com


How it works:

Medical care here does not meet international standards.

Diseases to vaccinate against / watch out for include:

  • Insect borne diseases: zika, chikungunya, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, malaria.
  • Food and water borne diseases: travellers’ diarrhoea, hepatitis, Schistosomiasis.
  • Animal borne diseases: avian influenza, rabies.
  • Human borne diseases: tuberculosis, hand, foot and mouth disease, HIV.
  • Others: methanol poisoning from homemade / unlabelled alcohol.


What to do:

If you can’t afford travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads – our review), you can’t afford to travel, as:

  • Emergency health services can cost a bomb.
  • Insurance providers can make complex logistical arrangements to get you the best medical treatment fast.

Vaccinations to consider:

  • All travellers: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, flu shot.
  • Most travellers: Hepatitis A, typhoid.
  • Some travellers: Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis (if visiting rural farming areas), malaria, rabies (if outdoor activities in remote areas).

Prevent insect bites:

  • Protective clothing.
  • Insect repellents.
  • Insecticide treated bed / cot nets.
  • Plug-in insecticides.
  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass.

Food safety:

  • Practise safe hygiene such as washing hands with soap.
  • Only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, ice cubes, uncooked and undercooked food.


  • Avoid swimming in freshwater sources (lakes, rivers, ponds).


3. Natural disasters


How it works:

A brief summary:

  • Rainy season: May to November, severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides.


What to do:

Effective preparation and prevention involves staying at the “right” place, travelling at the “right” time and getting travel insurance (e.g. World Nomadsour review) that covers natural disasters.

Check the latest media reports, weather forecasts and sources such as the  Mekong River Commission which measures flood levels for the Mekong River.


4. Transport safety


How it works:

Roads between major areas are sufficient, but highly inadequate to rural areas.

Driving here can also be dangerous, due to these factors:

  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Animals on the roads
  • Not adhering to driving rules
  • Presence of drunk drivers around evening time

Other transport concerns:

  • Overcrowded boats which lack safety equipment
  • Frequent bus accidents
  • Many motorbike accidents
  • Poor track maintenance causing train accidents


What to do:

Driving: check latest media reports, weather forecast, stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.

Other transportation: choose reputable operators for boats and inter-city buses.



1. Emergency numbers to call

Cambodia police

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  • Police: 117
  • Fire service: 118
  • Ambulance: 119
  • Tourist Police – Phnom Penh: 012 942 484
  • Tourist Police – Siem Reap: 012 402 424

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  1. Mukesh Chander Mishra

    Hi all I find new scam her in PNH like if some massage parlor gives to discount and they returned your 100$ note returned to you it means it could be changed with duplicate note be careful. It happens with me yesterday night on 15/05/2018. Go with your change money.

    • Ron ritsema

      THERe is a sliding door near your clothes, they open it, snatch your money, close the door. SUddenly the massage ends after ten minutes and nobody speaks English anymore. You pay or don’t pay ya, thenleave, then suddenly learn you are missing money. THe police are in on it, won’t do anything, want you to pay them but still nothing happens.

  2. Mick Desmond

    A scam I fell victim to Riverside in Phnom Pehn, the cheap $5 massage shop asks you to leave your bag in a specific place, behind your vision. The massage comes with allot of loud slapping. Meanwhile they are going through your bag, only taking your large currency notes but leaving one of each. I guess if they got caught they could argue that you must have spent the others. This happened to me in two separate $5 massage shops before I realised the scam.

    • Del

      A very “Unhappy” ending then lol

  3. Ken

    I “loved” Cambodia when I went there first time as an NGO three years ago…Made some good friends.

    So, I decided to go back after couple of months privately.
    I stayed there nearly one month, met a girt at “shopping mall”. She smiled and asked about me… Shortly, we became “friends”. After few days, “very close friends”.

    She took me to her “village home”, introduced her “family”, who can’t speak any “English”.
    They were so good to me, offered drinks and food, treated like a “family member”. When I asked her why, she replied that she said to her family “you are my boyfriend”. She was young, beautiful, and I am a divorced person…I got excited!

    Make it short, we were in touch and I went to her more than 6 times again. At my last visit, she asked me to get “married”. I was more than happy that I can have such a young and beautiful girl as my wife. She asked me to have a “wedding ceremony”.

    We prepared for “wedding ceremony”, done at pagoda with her family and close friends. Next day big “party”, with 1000 guests.

    On the whole, I paid more than 10000USD to her “MOM” a Cambodian “tradition”!

    After few happy days, came back here because of my work.
    Since that, can’t contact her as she “BLOCKED” me on all platforms!

    So please beware of “MARRIAGE” scams, as it’s so popular now…

    • Michael Stewart

      did you have engagement ceremony? I talked to a lawyer about it as I am in a similar situation and he said if there is an engagement ceremony you coud pursue it in court.

    • T- Dizzle

      Are those Chris Farley “quotes?” So maybe I have “poor hygiene!” Maybe I don’t “follow your rules!” Maybe my armpits “sweat profusely!” But tbh post divorce third world wedding scam is the worst. I had a “similar thing” happen to me although it was my own fault in the United States. Not really the same same but different.

  4. Hunter

    The friendly person asking where you are from only to tell you a sister is about to study back in your country, and invites you back to meet the family— wow– this happened to me in Bangkok, and reason I never followed through with the invite, was bc it was actually New Years Eve, and I wanted to go out and party, not visit some out of the way family… lucky me..

  5. Victim of Massage Parlour

    On 10 Dec 2018 at 8pm, my husband and I went into body massage parlour at No. 47 Street 118 in Phnom Penh (photo as attached).

    During the body massage, the masseur gave towel to my husband to replace the pants. My husband hung the pants with wallet at wall with opened top. The masseur pressed my husband’s head to opposite direction of his wallet and her member stole from his wallet, a total of:

    GBP50 x 1piece
    USD50 x 1piece
    SGD50 x 1piece
    RM100 x 2pieces
    Total around USD210

    There were 3 times of door opened & closed during the 10min body massage.

    Upon discovery, we confronted the masseur and they offered to refund USD50 only! (Video as attached)

    9.20pm we went to report at POSTE DE LA POLICE ADM PHSAKANDAL 1 (photo as attached).

    We showed the photo of the woman and the police able to call the woman to come to police station, without asking details of the woman (name, phone, contact).

    We waited until 10.04pm and the woman arrived police station. She went into the room and talked to police inside (photo as attached).

    The police came out and told us that the person who stole our money ran away and that woman in police station can only refund half (USD100), and we must delete all the photos and videos!

    We gave the police officer USD20 for his assistance and we left in great disappointment because:

    1. That woman was the same woman in the video who admitted stealing our money and offered to refund USD50 to us when we confronted them in massage parlor before we went to police station

    2. No written report given to us because there was no pen, no computer to record. The entire police station is like an abandoned store room.

    3. How could the woman and police requested us to delete photos and videos of the incident? We need those photos and videos to make it publicly known so that no more victims cheated by that woman and massage parlour.

  6. Marco

    Just had number 9 happen to me. Taking a photo of a monument, was approached and asked where I came from and said he had a sister who was going to work at the hospital in the city I come from and wants advice for rent, where to live ect.
    The vibe just didn’t feel right you could tell, so I made up some bullshit excuse that I was meeting up with my friend who lives here to go get a drink, then they asked what I was doing tomorrow and was pretty persistent. You just know once they are persistent something isn’t right. Sad world we live in that we have to question every person of being genuinely nice because scams like this happen.

  7. Kerri Fitzpatrick

    Hi, can’t find this on the internet, and it’s just happened to us in phom penh, so thought I’d share.

    At the Russian market we went to the food vendor section indoors, we wanted to experiment with the local food, so bypassed the English speaking vendors who were shouting at us to sit down and order with them. We selected a more quiet stall, wasn’t quite sure what we were ordering but said 1 please and thought we would try. All going well, ate our food then when it came to paying she said 1 dollar, we handed her over a perfectly fine bill, started to walk away, she went behind her stall for about 10 seconds then starting shouting after us, excuse me sir, she was waving a crumpled and torn bill at us, saying she wouldn’t accept the bill. This wasn’t our bill at all. When we said so, she started screaming at us, got the other vendors to also surround us, demanding we give her essentially another dollar and we take this rogue note that we didn’t give her in the first place. One woman vendor grabbed my arm and was trying to get me to open my bag to give her money. We kept saying no you are lying, but to get them to leave us alone handed over another dollar. It’s not the amount of money at all, but it was the principle, and totally ruined our experience of the market, and the total dishonesty of it! Anyway thought I should warn others, as clearly she targeted us as western tourists, couldn’t see anything about this scam in the lonely planet or on the internet.


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