How it works:
- Version 1: claiming the meter is down and charging an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: showing you an official looking list with inflated fares (it is fake).
- Version 3: rigged meter (e.g. jump too fast or too much).
- Version 4: additional fake fees (e.g. bag fee).
- Version 5: taking a longer route or detour to inflate the fare.
- Version 6: getting you to pay the airport fee instead of them.
- Version 7: a tout helps you get a cab, then asks for a fee.
- Version 8: fake taxis.
- Version 9: currency switcheroo.
Places to beware:
- Please refer to the location tags above (watch out at airports, transportation hubs, tourist attractions)
What to do:
- Reliable taxis: Mai Linh (green taxi), Vinasun (white taxi).
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Ho Chi Minh City: Central Post Office) and take a photo of the car plate and driver’s license in case you need to seek recourse.
- Overcharging: ensure meter is turned on or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Grab, EasyTaxi).
- Longhauling: be very clear when communicating your destination. Check your phone’s GPS to see if you are headed in the correct direction, though detours may be taken to avoid jams.
- Rigged meter red flags: tampered/missing meter seal, only fare is displayed, driver clicking a hidden switch, driving slowly at a high speed area to prevent meter from jumping wildly.
- Alternative: day tour platforms like Klook (best in Asia) has 20+ transport options.