Nothing starts a vacation like arriving in a new place, jumping in a car, and immediately getting ripped off. WELCOME TO OUR CITY, SUCKER! As dastardly as taxi scams are, they’re one of the most common ways people get swindled, and with the advent of Uber and Lyft, a whole load of new tricks have arisen in the past few years.
Whether you’re a tourist traveling abroad or just an innocent local taking a car around your own patch, here are the scams to watch out for -- and how to defuse them.
The straight-up cash grab
While traveling over a toll road, bridge, or any other public thoroughfare that charges a fee, the driver tells you to pony up some cash to cover the cost. Or demands cash for an airport fee. Or anything, really.
How to avoid it: The cool thing about apps is that EVERYTHING is included in the fare, so a driver should never ask for cash. Explain this to your driver, in a calm, polite and don’t-fuck-with-me kind of way. If he asks for a credit card, don’t give him that either, and when the trip ends, show him the breakdown of the fare on your app.