I find out just how easy it is to bump into tourist scammers in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I met one within minutes of walking down a street in the Fort area. Rickshaw drivers and street hustlers stroll the streets all day looking for foreigners to rip off. Do not go anywhere with strangers on the street!
If you want to buy gemstones in Asia, read this traveller buyers guide first to help you spot fakes: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/buying-gems-asia/index.html.
The temple we went to with Lord Buddha’s hair was Gangaramaya Temple https://goo.gl/maps/Q9N3puJiY5WXNn7Y6.
00:00 These guys scam foreign tourists
00:12 Let’s catfish a scammer
00:58 Meeting a subscriber while undercover
01:38 Found a scammer
03:10 Stop 1: Buddhist temple with Buddha’s hair
03:21 How this ‘friendly local’ scam works
04:37 Stop 2: Expensive gem store
07:45 How to avoid buying fake gems
08:30 How much $$$ did they ask for?!?
09:42 How to avoid this scam
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