Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams While Traveling

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Bonus Books, Jan 1, 2003 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
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Ready to hit the road? Unsuspecting travelers face an obstacle course of scams, cons, and rip-offs. In the places people love to visit most, con games, credit card scams, distract heists, and identity theft have increased dramatically.

Stalking the stalkers, Bambi Vincent and Bob Arno traipse through the planet's top travel destinations. The authors recognize street thieves andcon artists by their inappropriate behavior and their "tells." Appearing to be ordinary tourists, the couple shadows thieves with hidden cameras and records their crimes on film. "Travel Advisory" guides the traveler through all stages of travel, from research and planning to transportation and accommodations, and illuminates the specific risks of cities around the world. The book is a must-read for all travelers, with lessons taught through stories of real people and actual incidents, based on firsthand research and experience.

This one-of-a-kind book reveals the latest scams an ordinary citizen is likely to encounter, common personal theft strategies currently in use in popular travel destinations, and techniques to help travelers avoid becoming victims. Bambi Vincent and Bob Arno put it all in perspective with humor, levity, and sensitivity to the fun and necessity of international travel. Their insider perspective reveals the techniques of the most underhanded scoundrels, and turns travel concerns into travel confidence.

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About the author (2003)

Bambi Vincent has lived in the Bahamas, South Africa, Holland, Sweden, and Singapore and she spends several months each year roaming the Mediterranean countries. She writes travel documentaries and advertising campaigns during and between her sojourns. Since marrying Bob Arno, she has spent most of her time on the road, hauling her laptop computer through 85 countries

Bob Arno has studied pickpockets for 35 years. As a researcher in the field of far-flung locations, he has firsthand knowledge of current strategies used by roving gangs against tourists. His one-on-one interviews with perpetrators have exposed secret MOs and techniques never before documented.

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