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10 common travel scams - and how to avoid them

Corrupt cabbies. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary "Free" gifts. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary Counterfeit currency. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary Deceptive information. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary Suspicious invitations and petitions. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

Earlier this spring, I watched a young, solemn man dressed like a Buddhist monk approach a tourist on the National Mall. He showed him a petition to build a temple and slid a bracelet made of prayer beads onto his wrist. The visitor was pulling money out of his wallet when I intervened and told him the truth: He had fallen for a scam...

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