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Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid

Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid

Hong Kong is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most appealing destinations, proven in the numbers of tourists visiting this city every year. Sadly, there are some dishonest people who take advantage of that, making it inevitable for some tourists to be a victim of scams in Hong Kong, as well as at any other famous tourist destinations in the world.
However, do not let this keep you from visiting this glamorous city and having a good time here. With some following tips, hopefully, you will be better prepared and ready for a wonderful trip to Hong Kong.


This is a simple trick carried out by 2 or 3people, who would approach the victim trying to sell medicine, pills or herbs by exaggerating the medical value.They all,of course,turn out to be of very low medical value.

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How to avoid

Only buy medicine or medical products from reputable sources.


These scams usually involve 2 – 4 culprits, mostly aiming at the elderly. The first swindler would approach you and asks if you have heard of a particular “Doctor” with some supernatural healing power. The second swindler comes to emerge the conversation,claiming to have heard of such “Doctor” and leads the group to meet a third swindler who is alleged to be the granddaughter of the “Doctor”. The third swindler would then say that you are suffering from some kind of illnesses or fortune, which the “Doctor” can help to cure or remove, provided that you give them some valuables or money for a ritual.Needless to say, if you do, you will lose your property.

Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid
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How to avoid

Be aware of anyone approaching you on the street. Only come to temples for spiritual blessings;


This deception usually involves 1or 2 culprits. One of them approaches the victims, usually young people, pretending to be a tourist who has lost his wallet and therefore needs help. He would also ask the victim to lend him some money. In return, he leaves his contact to the victims, or produces a name card pretending to be a reputable person. Later, the victim will discover that the contact is false.

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How to avoid

Never lend money to anyone you do not know and be careful with those who approach you on the street.


They dress like Buddhist monks or nuns, holding a bowl, maybe with big notes inside, and usually appear in tourist spots. They might also give you a card with some Buddhism pictures or gesture you to sign in their notepad.

Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid
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How to avoid

Do not sign or accept anything from them or give them money.


Tourists who are unfamiliar with the uniforms of local policemen are usually the victims of this scam. The fraudster would either dress in the full outfit or with a badge, looking for fresh-faced sightseers and demanding to see their passports and wallets with a list of excuses. Once the unsuspecting victims cooperate, they sneak the money out from the wallets, or just flee with everything.

Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid
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How to avoid

Again, be very careful with strangers approaching you on the street. Call the police if you need assistance.


Night charge: If you get on the taxi in the late evening, some taxi drivers might tell you that there is a night charge in Hong Kong, which is absolutely not true.

Mistaken change:There was a case when a tourist paid the driver a $1000 note since she did not have any small change. She also asked him if he had any change for that and he said yes. In just a split second, he turned his head and asked, "You just gave me $100,right?" At this time, he was holding a $100 note instead of the $1000 note the tourist previously gave him.

Hong Kong Scams And How To Avoid
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Window smash

When the passenger closes the taxi door, the glass window will smash, causing the angry driver to demand payment for the damage. Everything looks really convincing, even to passers-by. That is due to a design fault in the window glass and the door joint, so if the window is lowered to a certain point, it can shatter when the door closes.

How to avoid: Choose a taxi with the meter and pay attention to the car number and plate. Ask carefully about the cost before getting in a taxi.Let the driver close the door.

Be careful and have a nice trip!


My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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