How it works:
- Version 1: kyakuhiki (customer pullers) employed by shady bars tell you of offers at established bars and offer to bring you there. On the way however, he calls the restaurant and finds out it is full! As such, he brings you to the shady bar he was employed by, where you will get an inflated bill thanks to hidden fees and charges.
- Version 2: an attractive girl flirts with you and gets you to buy expensive lady drinks that are diluted for her. Drinks (e.g. Moet) you did not order may also be served.
- Version 3: the same girl gets you to take her back to your apartment. Soon after, you meet some of her burly male friends who demand cash from you.
- Version 4: drink spiking to make it easier to overcharge or to rob you.
Places to beware:
- Nagoya: Sakae, Nishiki
- Tokyo: Shinjuku Golden Gai, Roppongi, Kabukicho (bars which Nigerians lead you to)
What to do:
- A kyakuhiki dressed in casual wear is probably a fake. Head to a place to see for yourself if it is really full or closed.
- Do not accept drinks that you have not seen made in front of you. Do not leave it unattended.
- Canned or bottled drinks are recommended as it is more difficult for someone to put a sedative inside.
- Keep a separate bank account just for traveling with not much cash in there. This can be given up if threatened.
- Alternatively, Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) has some bar tours/pub crawls.