How it works:
- Version 1: someone punctures your tires and when you realize it they offer to help you change it. While distracted, an accomplice will steal from your car.
- Version 2: at gas stations, there have been reports of staff who plant a screw/nail near the pumps to puncture your tire. They point it out to you, then recommend a small repair shop nearby where they get a cut.
- Version 3: a scammer lies about a non-existent flat tire. He then brings you to a garage which will rip you off with inflated “repair” fees.
Places to beware:
- Cienfuegos: gas stations at Calle 37 (Paseo el Prado) and Avenue 37
- Santa Clara: Mausoleo del Che Guevara
What to do:
- Keep doors locked, windows up and avoid exposing valuables in your car.
- Stop a distance away before coming to check on your car. If there is any damage, call your car rental company for advice.