When you are on vacation, many of your purchases will probably be done with a credit card. However, if you decide to shop with local vendors or street merchants, you are probably more likely to use cash. To make sure that you do not get caught in a common scheme, Geo Holiday Club Scam Watch team warns about the common slow count change scam.
This scam will happen when a tourist uses cash with a scammer and expect change back. While they count out your change, the scammer will go very slow, even stopping at points or starting over. The behavior will surely be odd at first to the tourist, but as it goes on, it starts to annoy them. This is the point of the scheme. As the tourist gets more frustrated and less patient, the scammer is closer to their goal. Inevitably, the tourist will get angry enough to snatch their change and leave, convinced that the change is right and the cashier is just being odd. In reality, the cashier has purposefully shortchanged the tourist and because the tourist stormed off, he probably did not notice that he was cheated out of his money.
If you experience this, try to be patient and wait out the counting process and certainly do not leave without counting the change yourself and making sure that the amount is correct. Geo Holiday Club Scam Watch also warns that this can happen anywhere, even banks, so make sure that you always make sure that you are taking these precautions when you are using cash when you travel.