The most common scams in Morocco. How to avoid them?

How not to be cheated in Morocco?

What precautions to follow in Morocco? How do people get cheated most often?

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The danger in Morocco, as in other tourist countries, are pickpocket thieves, so be vigilant, be careful with purses and purses, do not show large bills and attract attention with massive jewelry and gadgets.

In the tourist areas (Fes, Marrakesh, etc.) are increased danger of solicitation of beggars and “well-wishers” ready to impose their services: money exchange, cab, souvenirs (very cheap), or an offer to smoke, it is better to reject such proposals immediately, the maximum chance that they work crooks.

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Morocco is a country that is far behind such states as Turkey or Egypt, which are famous for their obsessive citizens and this is the main danger of being cheated for tourists. In Morocco, just in the street you can be approached by locals and hang a snake around your neck and offer to take a picture. But they will offer to do it not for free, but for $20. In such cases, the best way out is to throw the snake off yourself and send such towering businessmen far away. If they are too pushy, you can give them a dollar and they will leave you alone. Be careful in local restaurants, especially when buying wine. When choosing wine, try to make your choice the first time. If they bring you a wine tasting, but for some reason you are not satisfied and you ask for another bottle, your check will include both the first and second bottle, so try to decide on your choice the first time. As in most other Eastern and Asian countries you can be cheated by cab drivers. Before you go somewhere negotiate the price, if the cab driver begins to fluff or says that we’ll figure it out later, do not sit down to him, or at the end of you will scam a pretty tidy sum. If you do not understand the sounded price of the cab driver, then ask him to write it on the phone or a piece of paper. If you like some thing do not hurry to buy it at once, walk around, look and do not pay attention to the pressure of the dealers – bargain, if they notice that you are leaving, they will definitely knock down the price.

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Most often in Morocco vendors cheat, if they see that you have with you only large bills, they can easily deceive you or overcharge their goods, they may also say that they do not have change, so tourists often give them more money than required. Deception is common in small cafes and restaurants, many visitors do not check receipts and do not check the cost of food, and then it may be that they were included extra items for which they had to pay extra money, it is better to always check the receipt, even if you just made a purchase in a small store. It is recommended to change money only in the most trusted places, before the exchange, it is better to specify the amount of commission, because often tourists are not warned about this circumstance, and then take the extra money from them, which eventually amount to quite an impressive sum. If you decide to rent a car, take a picture of it from all sides, it is desirable to see all the external details. When tourists rent out the car, they may find nonexistent scratches or damage, and then it is difficult to prove anything. In the latter case, you can list all the visible damage to the car in the special documents, it may also protect you from paying a fine, and always read all the documents carefully, and if something is unclear, it is better to clarify immediately, so then do not have to spend extra money for insurance, etc. When buying tours, it is better to apply only to reputable travel agencies or experienced guides, often there have been cases where tourists purchased excursions, and eventually they could not find their guides and the company itself, and they may not pick up the buses, and had to look for transport on their own. Cabs in Morocco can also be a way to cheat tourists, first of all, dishonest drivers can immediately warn you about the presence of the meter in the car and pay for the trip exactly based on its data, and then, they can take you around the city, on the most confusing and longest routes, thus, travelers will have to pay much more than they expected. The second way is the lack of change from the cab driver or having only large bills, this way of deception is similar to the behavior of salesmen, who also try to lure tourists as much money as possible.

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Morocco is a quiet country and there is almost no crime there. Tourists are treated kindly and the tourist police are watching. It is safe to walk around until late at night, but do not go to the slum areas and old buildings of the city. Watch your bags and wallets in the markets and the Medina area during the day. Be sure to check your change and do not pay with large bills. Most petty thefts take place in the old parts of the city, in markets and beaches. Women do not need to walk alone, a single woman is always exposed to the scrutiny of men. If you find yourself in such a situation, the best solution is not to respond to signs of attention. Morocco is a Muslim country, and women need to take special precautions. Outside the tourist complexes should not appear in a mini-skirt, wear shorts and clothes with bare shoulders, you must dress quite modestly. In restaurants always check the bill, in many places the total amount will not match your order. Do not drink raw water, but only bottled water. Be prepared for the fact that you will be obsessively besieged, offering the “best” restaurant, hotel or carpet. Such pestering should be politely and calmly rejected and in no case engage in conflict. Do not change currency in the streets, there are many ways to cheat, and you can be given a currency that does not exist. If you go to Morocco, your relatives should know where you went, be sure to have the phone number of the embassy and the nearest consulate in Russia. Follow all the basic precautions, and everything will be fine.

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