You probably know by now not to trust strangers, especially online, who ask for money to pay hospital bills, visa fees, or legal expenses and/or seems to have many sudden problems overseas. Unfortunately, scam artists have come up with neater ways to trick unsuspecting vacationers.
They are also very aware of how generous many people becomes around the holidays and are more than happy to take advantage of innocent but very generous travelers.
Non-profit and government organizations, including the FBI, release statements urging customers to be careful and to never let their guard down because old and new scams are likely to surface again.
Be careful and don’t be a victim. Shady vendors and “businessmen” love use tourists to financially and unfairly benefit. From getting ludicrously overpriced taxi rides to naively disclosing credit card information, travel scams are very common.