6 travel scams to avoid on your next trip
How it works: A cab driver tells you that the hotel you want to go to has burned down or just closed and offers to take you to another one where they'll get a commission for bringing you there.
Or, the meter is broken, and you're charged an outrageous sum upon arrival. "You have no choice but to pay," Orwoll says.
Another con is when drivers take the long way to your destination.
"Many travelers, especially inexperienced ones, are scared or unsure," Orwoll says. They don't know how to contact authorities or whether the authorities will even help them. Fear is a major motivator.
Where it happens: Vietnam, Romania, Mexico and India.
What you can do: Negotiate rates in advance. Take your time choosing a taxi and make sure they use a meter. With today's GPS systems and maps, research your route before you get in the cab. Or, consider visiting the U.S. Embassy for guidance.