Tourist Traps in Las Vegas Scams to Avoid
When you’re in Las Vegas, you expect to keep your wallet close as you hop from casino to casino, but the biggest scams are often found in other places. Watch out for these common Las Vegas scams.
No matter where you go, you’re likely to find well-dressed salespeople trying to offer you free or discounted tickets to some of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. They’re particularly attracted to people who appear to be married couples. The catch? You have to listen to a timeshare sales pitch. The pitch itself is likely to take about two hours of your time, and you’ll be up against some high-pressure sales techniques. If you’re not willing to buy the timeshare, they’ll sometimes push further to get you to sign up for a week’s “trial” of their condos at a relatively high cost. You’ll be better off paying full-price for the attractions you want to see.
As you walk out on The Strip, you’re also likely to encounter men pushing you to take cards. They often make a snapping sound with the card and put it right in front of you in a way that makes it hard to avoid taking the card. These are “escort cards” and represent women who you can pay to keep you company. Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, and the fees listed on the card are the fees you’ll pay just for the woman to show up at your door. Those who expect more are often screwed out of their money.
Watch for extra hotel charges. For instance, some hotels charge high daily fees for internet usage. Look for hotels that include internet if this is a concern. Additionally, you probably already know that the food and drinks in the mini-bar refrigerator are overpriced, but you may not realize that there’s an electronic device that monitors the placement of items in the fridge. If you move an item to make space for your own stuff or take something out to look at the label, the hotel may charge for it. Check your hotel bill as you leave. Discuss incorrect charges with the desk staff.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled from real traveler tips on scams to avoid in Las Vegas.