A tourist recounts the moment when the counter staff quoted an inflated price for a taxi, leaving them with a sense of being cheated.
In a recent incident that has sparked concern among tourists, a traveller from Belgium shared his harrowing experience of being charged an exorbitant taxi fare from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the city centre.
The tourist, who goes by the username @khletus.travels on TikTok, took to the social media platform to raise awareness and caution, among fellow travellers.
According to the tourist’s TikTok video, he and his family had just completed a gruelling 17-hour flight when they approached a booth at KLIA to book a taxi service.
@khletus.travels Checking prices is generally a good thing to do 💀 Correction: it was a mini bus/van (14 seater) NOT a taxi #malaysia #kualalumpur #malaysiatiktok #traveltips #travellife ♬ Everything Works Out in the end instrumental – scars
The counter staff informed them they could hire a taxi for their group of seven people and seven pieces of luggage.
However, when the staff member quoted the price, the tourist immediately sensed something was amiss.
“I knew immediately she was trying to rip us off,” the tourist stated in the video.
Despite his reservations, his exhausted family members urged him to accept the fare, dismissing their concerns due to fatigue.
As they embarked on their journey, the person accompanying them to the taxi whispered, “You have been cheated.”
Protecting Yourself from Tourist Scams: Tips and Precautions
While it’s true that tourists can be taken for a ride when it comes to scams in Malaysia, there are steps they can take to protect themselves.
By being aware of common scams and taking precautions, travelers can ensure they don’t end up being taken for a ride in more ways than one.
First and foremost, it is crucial for tourists to be aware of the common scams that exist in the country.
This includes familiarizing themselves with tactics such as overcharging for services, fake merchandise, and misleading tour packages.
By educating themselves about these scams, tourists can be better prepared to identify and avoid them.
Sad thing about malaysia is enforcement sedey. Kena ada ground floor security atau polis yg jaga benda ni round check or else this will change into biggest scam easily and the tourist gonna said it’s a malaysian doing it, bad rep in the making! https://t.co/xjMkBwOUkJ— Reeeezzzz 🏴 (@HareezGhazali) March 19, 2023
In addition to awareness, taking necessary precautions is key.
Travelers should always exercise caution when dealing with unfamiliar individuals or businesses.
It is advisable to use reputable and licensed service providers, such as registered taxis or official tour operators, to minimize the risk of being scammed.
Kadang tertanya, ada tak tourist kena scam datang kat Malaysia ni? I wanna know the story of our tourist scammer pulak. https://t.co/IbEPy6ETG5— call me NAD (@nasdfz) December 17, 2022
Lastly, staying vigilant throughout the trip is crucial.
Tourists should trust their instincts and be wary of any suspicious behavior or offers that seem too good to be true.
Seeking recommendations from trusted sources, such as hotel staff or local authorities, can also help in making informed decisions and avoiding potential scams.