How it works:
- Version 1: rigged meters which jump too fast or too much.
- Version 2: claiming additional surcharges.
- Version 3: insists on not using the meter but charging an inflated flat fare.
- Version 4: taking a longer route or driving through congested areas to inflate the fare.
- Version 5: currency switcheroo.
- Version 6: offering to change currency with you, at obviously unfavourable rates or with counterfeit currency.
- Version 7: uncommon, but there have been reports of drivers who after picking you up, sends you to accomplices further down the road to rob you, while he pretends to be a victim as well.
Places to beware:
- Buenos Aires (e.g. airports, tourist attractions, transport hubs, hotels)
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Buenos Aires: La Boca, Puerto Madero, San Telmo). Take radio taxis instead.
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: use the meter or research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. BA Taxi, Uber, Safer Taxi, Cabify).
- 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.
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