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Q: Any common scams to look out for in Shanghai?

8 years 47 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - Shanghai

 
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I think the scams are the same throughout China, the borrow your phone, give me money, can you buy me some food, there's loads of them here...

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Are there really that many thieves and scammers there?

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Ted, you must be new in China. I can't even look at a Chinese person now and NOT wonder how they're trying to scam me.

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I'm coming shortly,, on my own,, arrange everything myself,,, can't read or speak Chinese,,,bought my girl friend on Ebay,,,,I was only originanly worried about seeing a cobra

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Watch out for the Tea Scam. Someone will approach you, probably a pretty girl or handsome guy, and invite you to a tea house. You'll have your tea and food and when you get your bill it'll be unbelievably expensive. The girl gets a cut and goes out to find the next sucker.

Make sure you always have your phone and wallet somewhere safe. passport too.

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Try ur best to be cold, indifferent.
Don‘t talk to strangers, if he/she speaks Chinese, say u cannot speak Chinese, if he/she can speak English tell he/she u r not 'Merican, say some in French or Spanish…… I did that once, he spoke Chinese to me, I replied in English said I cannot understand Chinese, then he talked with me in English, so I spoke Korean…… He just went away……

U will be fine.

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