Starpoint Resort Group knows that when you are traveling on vacation or business, you often have to depend on using taxis to get from one place to another. It is often the most efficient and easiest way to travel when you do not have your own vehicle Starpoint Resort Group understands that it is also an opportunity for scam artists to get money from you. There are many ways that taxis can be used to cheat people.
- Overcharging – This is by far the most common. Many cities regulate the amount taxis can charge. Often times the amount is different at different times of the day. The driver just puts the meter to the highest possible rate regardless of the time of day. They also might say their meter is broken and charge a flat fee or they will not reset the meter to zero when the trip starts.
- Take the long way home – Taxi drivers know the best ways to get from one place to another. They also know the routes that will make them the most money. A taxi driver will scam his passengers by choosing the most expensive route.
- Hidden fees – A dishonest drive will try to tack on additional fees. They might try to add toll fees or charge for the use of the air conditioner.
- Switching Money – Taxi drivers will take advantage of a foreigner’s unfamiliarity with the currency to claim they gave them a smaller bill and are still owed money or to short change the customer.
Many of these scams are tough to detect for a traveler. Starpoint Resort Group understands that the key is to be aware and to find out how much your taxi will cost up front. If the driver seems dishonest, find another one.Read More