Fake Cop Scam Common Internationally

When traveling, people are generally nice, kind and generally trustworthy. However there are ALWAYS predators waiting in the wings to pounce when you totally let your guard down.

The best defense is a good offense. So keep your head up, pay attention and if it’s too good to be true it is.

Fake Cops: I was in Mexico years ago when I was having some fun in Tijuana with a bunch of friends. The explorer in me that had one too many margaritas decided to take a walk in the local neighborhood. Then 2 “cops” followed me and grabbed my arm and told me I was under arrest. But when I took a hard look at them, their uniforms weren’t really matching and their badges looked like they were from K-mart. So as I was speaking to them (or as they were interrogating me) I broke free and ran to the border. I never looked back and haven’t gone back since. I’m pretty sure they are still looking for me.

These scams are most prevalent in Mexico, India and Spain. But they happen everywhere including the good ole USA.

Get to know what the police uniforms and vehicles look like in the cities, states, country’s you visit. While you must show a degree of respect for authority, don’t automatically trust. If necessary make a scene if you believe you are being bamboozled by fake cops.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing self defense and rape prevention on NBC Boston. Disclosures.