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Old 27th October 2010, 12:02 PM
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These are scams I have personally come across maybe other people have seen others

1. Public Beach Scam - Sunrise Apartments in Sharm have a private beach, however there is also a public beach with a mini - cove next to it. The beach attendants came over and said that they wanted £5 GBP each and to give it to man on the pier. I told them it was a public beach and not the private one they were looking after. They were VERY pushy so I got my mobile and said I was phoning the tourist police and they backed off. You do not pay to use a public beach!

2. Photos on a boat scam. We had photos taken on the usual boat cruise, when they finally arrived at the apartments the photos were someone elses. We phoned the number on the card and it never got resolved. Previous that on another cruise we never got photos and on another one we had standard underwater photos of red sea fish that had been copied. Some might be genuine but BE WARNED

3. The Life Vest Scam. I was told rather than rent a life vest I could purchase each one for £50 GBP, they are only worth £13 - 15 GBP

4. Come into my shop scam. You will be asked various questions, where you are from and what your occupation is. They are not interested in you, they want to get an idea of how much they can milk you for. Tell them "la shukran" (no thanks) if they insist tell them you are local and have flippers, mask, papyrus, perfume and whatever other crap they want to flog you, best simply to ignore. They will also tell you that as part of "Egyptian hospitality" what you want to drink and also give you a 10p bracelet as a gift to make an awkward buying situation. Beware of any opened ended questions such as "who what where when or why" They will also ask how long you are here for, when you have arrived and how many days you have been here etc. This is so they can get an idea how much they can scam you for as if you have just come you have more money. They will also use the phrase "I want to give you a good bargain, you are my first customer, I have sold nothing and if I sell to you I feel lucky and have luck all day"

5. The excursion scam. Shop around for your excursions. One place wanted £200 pp for Cairo and I went else where and got it for £130. When I went back to complain to the other guy he told me the other person was a scammer who used to work for him and wanted to finish his business. Total lie.

6. Taxi Scam. Get to know the local rates, they will sometimes ask you how much you want to pay, also beware of which car you get into and if the guy smells of alcohol. One guy offered me hashish.

7. Fake pharma scam. Plenty of fake viagra and cialis about. Beware of the 2 for 3 offers, some very clever fakes ask to buy one sample and be careful if you have high blood pressure, they can be lethal even if legit.

8. Guide Scam. When you finally book a tour beware of any excursions that involve places such as "the papyrus museum" "the perfume factory" The guides are on commission. The papyrus are normally mass printed, the perfume are not essential oils or essence they smell very chemical. You cannot get a GIANT bottle of sandlewood for £10 GBP it's impossible!! Beware also of any guides who want to see you after the tour to give you local food, one had £40 off us and got out the car and came back with some falafel. I asked her for £30 back left her £10 GBP for 2 falafel and told her she can call herself lucky I did not tell the tourist police and the £10 was being GENEROUS...

9. Silver cartouche scam. The guide wore a "silver cartouche" and handed out samples for people to look at, I bought one, when we got back to the hotel it was pewter...

10. The banana scam. Some guy in a local market in Cairo wanted 40 LE for a bunch of banana's. I let him have it as I felt sorry for him and his child...rule of thumb is there are honest people but BEWARE

Does anyone else have any other scams they have witnessed? Hopefully this might save tourists some money...

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Far too many to mention....

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re public beach, you don't pay to use the beach, but you do pay for the sun bed if you want one, usually 5le in Hurghada.

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...and another one

The Egyptian / English Pound Scam
When you buy an item and agree the price and go to pay they will laugh and say "I said to you my friend it is ENGLISH pound not Egyptian...some of them can turn quite bitter when you walk out the shop

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Mainly these kind of scams happened near touristic or where mainly foreigners spending their times.

Last time I sat a cafe (a very **** and look public) near Hussein Mosque near Khan Khalili. For me and my guest ask for 2 cans of Sprite and after drinking the guy after serious writings and calculations (want to show himself pro) ask for 65 LE. After arquing some and understanding me that I am not ordinary one day tourist he finally gave up. I wonder how many times in a day playing this tricks to cheat tourists who dont know the local prices and currency well.

In Alex we are not facing with this kind of stuff so much except Taxi Drivers. Even if you know the destinations may face with difficulties. Therefore I suggest anyone to ask the price before getting into a taxi.

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A friend of mine recently moved to a new apartment. Her electricity bill las month has been over LE1000. She was really confused about it and doesn't understand what's going on, I suspect that she is paying for the whole building. It isn't the first time I hear this happening.


My first accomodation in cairo, a block of flats with a dodgy bawaab. The little xstard was selling me butagas bottles as full, for LE 30! What did I know... I was new in town and naive.
Not only they were almost empty (could hardly make it thru one week), he was charging me three times the price. Currently I buy them straight off the van and they lasts about three months.

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A friend of mine recently moved to a new apartment. Her electricity bill las month has been over LE1000. She was really confused about it and doesn't understand what's going on, I suspect that she is paying for the whole building. It isn't the first time I hear this happening.


My first accomodation in cairo, a block of flats with a dodgy bawaab. The little xstard was selling me butagas bottles as full, for LE 30! What did I know... I was new in town and naive.
Not only they were almost empty (could hardly make it thru one week), he was charging me three times the price. Currently I buy them straight off the van and they lasts about three months.
mine STILL tries that with the gas!!!!!!!! I had to get a taxi to get it!!!!!!! NO YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE READY OR PHONE THE DEPOT. can you believe it after two years................I always try to get it from the van now, just saves the arguing. but sometimes i run out.
He's been sacked once............anyone know a good boab in Hurghada????

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I saw mine while transfering gas from big ones to small ones and watched it with horrow. Here sometimes i think this people may suppose dying same as fainting.

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There is nothing that cannot and is not being scammed..... and as soon as they can figure out a way to charge us for breathing they will. No matter how long someone works for you, how nice you are to them they will scam you... two days ago I got scammed for 15le not alot but this is from someone who has worked for me for 7 years...plus I had given him 50le for going to find something for me..
The first time I came to Cairo to work I was appalled at my employers attitude to local staff.. I couldn't believe that they would systematically steal, eat until they were sick, tell lies on a daily basis, admit to nothing, blame everyone else on a problem and have one member of their family ill/critical/dead/being buried every week.
But was he wrong?

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