How it works:
- Version 1: in Jan 2019, two fake officers targeted a group of Korean tourists who changed money at an unofficial money changer. They claim to be investigating illegal money changers and demanded to check their belongings. Once they got the money, they ran away.
- Version 2: the other standard set-up is to first have a stranger chat you up. Next, two fake officers will appear suspecting you both of being up to no good. They then demand to check your identification and belongings and if you pass them over, they will run away with it.
Places to beware:
What to do:
- Be skeptical: if you have not broken the law.
- Three steps: verify badges and threaten to call the police. Never give your passport – only show a photocopy. Only comply at a police station with a lawyer/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.