Euro unioin dating scam
You must insist on going to your planned destination.In some cases the driver will not drive you to your hotel even if you insist.In some places, taxi drivers will take you to the wrong hotel and insist it is the one you requested!Get the correct name because there are a lot of copies and similarities in their names.Some scams in which a helpful local offers to cut you a good deal can be outright fraudulent such as convincing you to buy fake gems for example but many simply get you to pay for something that you wouldn't pay for if you knew the area better.One of the biggest traps of these kinds of scams is the desire to be polite to people who are polite and friendly to you; and the scammers know this.
(Sometimes, taxi drivers are in cahoots with these helpful locals and will purposely drop you off to be received by them.) The local will then offer to take you to a lesser known but infinitely more beautiful sight or to a nice shop.
In the worst case they may even be in on it and some ways of local law enforcement may indeed work with various forms of entrapment or trickery that might fall into a moral category not all that unlike some scams on this list.
Prevention is based on knowledge: researching your destination will both alert you in advance to scams in the area and let you know what the usual prices and truly good sights are so you will be less reliant on the approaches of helpful individuals when you're vulnerable.
If you think what happened to you was illegal and the police are trustworthy, report it, otherwise, just chalk it up to experience.
Note that if you wish to make a theft-related claim against an insurance policy, you will generally need to make a police report within 24 hours and keep a copy for your insurance company.