Turkey Tourist Traps Turkey guide
In Turkey and especially Marmaris, the level
of crime is low, in comparison to the U.S.A and the big cities
in the rest of the world. Our recommendation is, do not do
things that you will not do in your own country. Do not go to
places that you will not feel safe. By the same token, it is
advised to always take care to your belongings, documents,
wallets etc... (or to deposit it in hotels safe). Put your stuff
inside closed/ hidden pockets.
For you safety, we serve you a short guide on "how to act" on
the street, mainly in the central cities of Turkey (Istanbul,
Izmir, Ankara, etc...), and also how you can defend yourself.
Though crime and rape is less common in
Turkey, it still excised. For women that traveling in
Turkey, mainly in areas with religious population, it is
recommended to be attentive to the local Turkish customs.
stealing are more common in
areas of the cities. Places such as shopping malls, markets/
Bazaars, the beach, etc,.
Staged Street “Fights”
This is an attempt to attract tourist's
attention. When the tourist approaches the area of the event, a
group of people get around the tourist. They arrange stage
street fights, and when the tourist's attention is on the
“fight”, people from the gang pickpocket their wallets, and
other valuables. Some times the escape from the place is don by
a taxi, when the driver collaborate with the crooks.
Ways of self defense - It is advised to leave
quickly the place of the event. Enter a store, a restaurant,
shout for help, or call the police.
A man is
spilling a drink on you “by mistake”, and immediately he “helps”
you get clean. Whilst he helps you, his friend pickpockets the
victim (you), and cleans you up good.
A man carrying few boxes, bumps into you.
While he apologizes to you, his mate pickpockets you.
Restaurants Women Wallet stilling
The thief enters the restaurant, takes the
wallet and escapes from the door. Make sour your purse is next
to you at all times.
A Gypsy Group of women and Children
The group surrounds the tourist, and start
asking a lot of questions, and or asks for medical aid. It is in
this time, the children pickpocket the victim. The victim is
oblivious most of the time. Thus, he/she finds out only later
that contents of the pockets disappeared.
Please show me a Dollar
Local person approaches you, and asks you if
you can show him American dollar\Euro, Once you take your wallet
out, he will yank it out of your hand.
Do not chase after this person!!! Some of them, even youngsters,
carry firearms, knives etc,. Call a policeman, or at least
report it to the police about the robbery, in order for you to
report it to your insurance company.
! There is no substitute for LIFE !!!
Stings scheme against single men
Whilst you travel on the bus or train, wait
at the bus stop, coffee shop, restaurant, and or other places
where you stay, two three “new friends” approach you. They ask
you where you travel to. As it happens to be, they travel to the
same place you travel to. Then they offer to join you and show
you their wonderful country. Further more, they offer to share
their food with you, sweets and or drink. Some of the food
contains anesthetic that will put you to sleep within seconds.
While you are a asleep, they will take your passport, your money
and even your belongings from the hotel, the train or from the
bus, and disappear along with your “new friends”.
avoid those schemes
attention when someone unknown to you, invites you to a meal and
or a drink. He offers to bring for you the food or the drinks
personally, in an attempt “help” you with the difficulties of
the language. On the way, he drugs your food/ drink.
Uninfluenced, he insists politely that the waiter will serve the
meal or the drinks, and that pay yourselves for them. Then, he
cleans you broken completely.
Be careful your “new friends”. Take pictures
with your “new friends”, and or photograph them apart. If they
refuse to be photographed, it should be a sign or warning to
If you are offered food or drink, refuse
politely, and in order not to awaken any suspicion, (Since one
taste or one sip can cost you all your belongings). Tell them
you are on a diet, or sensitive, or allergic according to the
food that is offered to you. If it is a sweets or gum that is in
a pocket, put it in your purse, and say you will use it later.
Eat and drink only the foods you bring with
you, and or you acquired directly in stores, supermarkets, or
cafes and restaurants.
If your “new friends” react strongly, keep
your distance from them, leave them as soon as possible. Look
for a public place, such as railway station, hotel, central
shopping mall, a health clinic, and or a security/ police
station. Even stand next to a stop light, with security cameras,
might deter them. If they say they want to stay in the your
hotel, tell them that you are a guest at friends house. The most
important thing is to get away from them. It is possible also to
say that you must arrange something (different papers and the
like of it) in your consulate/ embassy, or in a police station.
Inflated Nightclubs Bill
This scheme works usually in 2 ways,
generally solitary men, usually in Istanbul, and sometimes in
other cities. You walk in town in the evening, when a well
dressed up man, starts talking to you in good English. He then
offers you to go to drink together, and lead you to a bar, or
club in which the scheme takes place. At the moment that you sit
down, a woman, and or a couple, will join you at your table.
They will then order the most expansive drinks on the menu. When
the bill is placed on the table, you will be asked to pay the
inflated bill, that also has the woman's/ couple's drinks. You
will be asked “politely” to pay all your money, and or your
Many times it can be up to 1000$ dollar or Euro. Insofar as try
to object, you will be taken to the rear room "The Office" , you
will be "convinced" to pay. Actually it is a robbery, but it is
a robbery that is hard to proof to the police.
The club owner will claim you ordered expensive drinks, then you
became drunk and caused damage to the club, and did not agree to
pay. Actually it is his word against your word. Since he is
local, and knows the language and he knows what will happen. He
knows that as a tourists, you will complain to the police, and
if and when you will succeed to prove something, a trial will
take a long time, and that you will have to stay in Turkey until
the sentence. This will cost you more then you were “asked” to
Second way for this stings operation is, when you sit alone
in the bar, coffee shop, a restaurant or a club. Then two three
men, sit with you or beside you, and start a conversation with
you. After a little while they offer you to more to another
place, where the scenery is better, better music, eats good
etc... In the car or taxi, they “help” you to part from your
wallet, from your purse and or other valuables, and throw along
the way, in big city, in a foreign country, and without any
means of communication.
avoid this turkish schemes
Do not be sucked "new friend" offers. It is
possible to refuse politely, and or to say that you do not drink
alcohol. By the same principle, it is advised to enter places
where other tourists are. Do not go to insulated places, and or
places that are in the tourists information directories.
Under cover policemen” scheme
This scheme is done mainly in Istanbul, but
can happen also in other cities. A group of criminals, in the
civil vehicle and clothing civilian, stop tourists and show them
counterfeited certificates, stop next to a single/ group of
tourists. They ask to see their passports, calming they are
looking for drug. They talk to you, at times, and during the
that time, the might ask to see your money belt, “to make sour
you do not have drugs”. Then, while you focus your attention one
the talking “policeman”, his friend will take money from your
wallet. After giving you back your stuff, they release you to
your way, while apology for troubling you, and the
unpleasantness that was caused you.
avoid this scheme
It is Advised to always guard, money inside
closed/ hidden pockets , and to keep a number of small bills in
your wallet, so it looks like you do not have a lot of money on
you. If ask, say you left your documents / and or money in the
hotel's safe, or at friends.
Now when you are aware of the schemes, you can be more alert
and careful. It is up to you to make sure it will not happen to
If you come across a scheme that is not mentioned here, please
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