6 Las Vegas Strip Scams You Must Avoid!
Join Las Vegas personalities Shawn J. Shoulders and Scotty J. Scott as they explore the “6 Las Vegas Strip Scams You Must Avoid.” This series of videos will save you time and money on your next trip to Las Vegas! Each scam on this list is even more shocking than the once before it! No matter where on the Las Vegas strip you stay you are going to find these Las Vegas Scams just outside of your hotels room door. This is the most socking and informative content What’s New Vegas had released since our “9 Shocking Secrets of the Las Vegas Strip” and “What’s New in Vegas for 2018” videos.
One classic scam that prays on Las Vegas Tourist is the taxi cab long haul. Once you land at McCarran International Airport your next challenge is how to get to your hotel. A classic dilemma almost everyone except the highest of high roller has to deal with. What to do if the hotel has somehow not sent a limo to whisk you away to your accommodations?
What most people do is stand in one of the very long taxi lines at the airport and after a very long wait they hop in a cab with a sometimes-friendly driver and ask to be taken to their hotel. Trusting that they will be taken there quickly, efficiently, and safely.
Often however you are going to be long hauled whenever you take a cab in Las Vegas. There are many ways to get anyplace in most cities, and Las Vegas is no exception. Taxi drivers know the quick ways to get from one place or another, but will almost never take you that way. Instead they are going to take you on a bit of a joy ride, a quasi-unscheduled tour of the city with the meter running.
This is not a practice done by just a few bad drivers either, according to many former taxi drivers we talked to for this article every singe taxi company in Las Vegas pushes their drivers to long haul passengers. We were even told many tales of drivers who were punished or fired if they refused.
You have the right to tell the driver how to get to your destination and have them take the route you choose. We suggest using Google Maps or Waze to get the shortest quickest route to your destination and make the driver goes that way. If they refuse or give you a story as to why they can’t take you ad directed ask them to stop the cab and demand they call the Taxi Cab Authority.
The driver will usually listen to your directions after this as if the Taxi Cab Authority finds them long hauling you they will be fined and must go to court. They may even loose their ability to drive a cab.
Ride share like Uber and Lyft is always a better option then a taxi in Vegas.
You are wandering through one of the beautiful Las Vegas Casino’s when you see an attractive stranger looking at you. You think you are dreaming as they approach you and start talking to you. After some time, you become confident that they are not a hustler or hooker looking for business but just a truly nice, good-looking person, who seems genially interested in you.
Trough conversation you find out they have had a big night at the tables or slots and have been winning like crazy. All they want to do is celebrate and they don’t want to do it alone. They tell you they are so lucky to have met you and that they don’t want to celebrate alone, then they offer to take you out to an expensive dinner. They might even imply that they want to spend time together privately after dinner and drinks. They may even suggest that you go to their favorite restaurant in that very casino where they always go.
Of course, you are not going to pass up a free expensive dinner and drinks with an attractive stranger in a glamorous city. You would be crazy to do so right? They might even have sex with you after dinner if all goes well. That is just a Vegas Jackpot if you have ever heard of one! But not so fast!
Sure, you will get to dine with an attractive stranger, but trust me you will be paying. At the end of the meal the stranger will usually tell you they just want one more drink before you guys are head off to their room to get to a little closer. Then they will order a drink for the both of you, usually something very expensive. Just then they will experience the sudden urge to use the restroom or take a call and ask you to wait on the drinks till they get back. Then they sprint off only to never be seen again, leaving you with a very large check to pay.
One person we personally know that this happened to paid almost $1200 for a single dinner as a result of this scam. A lot of money for someone who makes very little money working as a valet at a local’s casino.
Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas despite the common perception to the contrary. In fact, there is only a small had full of counties in Nevada where the activity of selling your body for sex is legal. The reality is however that prostitutes are everywhere in Las Vegas. If you are a man visiting Las Vegas chances are you will be solicited to by a prostitute sometime during your visit.
What many unsuspecting tourists do not realize is that very often these ladies of the evening have singles you out to rob you.
According to a security director for a major hotel on the strip, we are going to call him Mr. Rodriguez, about 90 percent of the time that someone brings a prostitute back to their room there will never be sex exchanged for your money.
Mr. Rodriguez describes the John D’oh scam as follows. You bring the prostate to your room and get cozy. She then suggests that you go wash up before you have sex. While you are in the bathroom washing all of your bits and pieces she is stealing your wallet, cash, credit cards, watches, and anything else she can. Often times the man returns to find a completely cleaned out room.
In some cases, Its even worse. There have been may instances where the prostitute drugs the mans by slipping a tranquilizer into his drink and then she proceeds to clean out the room. Usually using the extra time before the victim wakes up to also empty his bank accounts at the ATM.
In one famous case from a few years back a prostitute that may or may not have actually had sex with her client smuggled his $25,000 Rolex out of his room in her vagina here it was later recovered by police after she was caught and detained by hotel security.
Bottom line don’t bring prostitutes or other people you don’t know, back to your hotel room.
A trend that started in European tourist cities has found its way to the Las Vegas Strip! It’s know as the Monk Mafia Scam, or the Bracelet Scam and goes like this…
You’re walking along Las Vegas Boulevard taking in the sights! A man or woman comes up to you, puts a bracelet on your wrist with a big smile and then, suddenly, starts demanding money for it. This was a popular scam a few years ago but not there is a new twist. The people doing it are dressed up like monks. After giving their target a beaded bracelet, they ask for a signature on their “peace” petition. Once the target has signed, they’re told to write down their donation. If the target balks, the scammer presses them for cash. If you don’t pay up they snatch the bracelet back and look for a new target.
The fake monks aren’t just targeting tourists. They’re aiming for anyone on the street. So, if you see a suspicious-looking monk, armed with bracelets, coming your way keep your hands in your pockets.
You enter a Las Vegas resorts lobby and approach a well-dressed person who appears to be a casino employee. You decide to ask them directions to the showroom or bar and the next thing you know you are being offered free show tickets, or a free night stay on your next visit! It’s your lucky day! The only catch being that you just have to come to a meeting and sit through a quick presentation about a brand-new resort opportunity. Then all of the gifts will be yours!
You figure why not its worth it to get a free night, or free show tickets, to hear someone talk for an hour. So, you happily say yes to the offer and sometimes even reserve your space at the presentation with a small $50 refundable deposit that they promise to return at the end of the presentation.
Upon arriving at the presentation, you discover yourself in timeshare hard sell hell! Being reluctantly sold timeshare vacation packages repeatedly. You will be passed from one sales person to the next each one presenting a new better deal and selling you harder and harder to buy a timeshare. This may go on for hours and hours on end. Every time you demand your gifts and deposit (so you can leave) you are introduced to a new sales person who will sell you harder till you finally get so angry that they realize there is no point in continuing.
At the end of the presentation when it’s time to claim your gifts you will likely discover what they give you are vouchers you can redeem for a show, or free night! Yes! You beat them at their game, right? Wrong! Upon further examination you may find that the voucher is for a show you could have gotten for free anyway, or the “free” ticket does not include heavy fees that have to be paid to use them. Your free night usually has to be booked via the number on the voucher and is limited to only a few mid-week nights a year subject to availability and a paragraph of restriction and exclusions. You quickly realize that you have just wasted hours of your vacation to be given worthless vouchers you will never be able to use. As for your deposit, well they will give it back to you eventually, sometimes weeks later and after many phone calls that will always lead to someone trying to convince you to buy a timeshare of course.
The first day of your Las Vegas vacation you are strolling up and down the strip dodging the guys in the orgasm clinic tee-shirts passing out cards for quasi-illegal in room meetings with attractive girls. Avoiding the sleaze peddlers is making feel like a pro this Vegas thing. It’s time you and your bros take it to the next level and hit the legendary Vegas nightclubs. But where do you start?
Lucky for you at just that moment you see an attractive guy / girl in a night club tee-shirt ahead. Its your lucky day as they are handing out exclusive VIP packages free of charge just this once. Of course not to everyone though, just to you, because they like you, and you look like you can party. You know this because they told you this and judging by the official looking credentials around their neck they are legit!
They give you a fancy looking voucher and wrist band. They tell you will be on the VIP list when you arrive and that they “Got You Bro! Don’t Worry.” Then they will hit you up for a tip for “having your back” and “hooking you up.” You know nothing big “a 20 will do.” Before you know it you are gladly paying up. You are a VIP after all and 20 bucks is a small price to pay to get into the club, plus there is an open bar so you will make back the $20 with your first free drink.
When you and your Bros arrive at the VIP Entrance and show then your wrist band expecting the bouncer to greet you by name, open the doors to the club, and hand you a bottle of booze to get you started. Instead you are told you are on the guest list and to go to the guest list line over there as he points to a snaking mile long line of wrist band wearing VIP’S just like you. You work your way to what you think is the end of the line just to be told to keep moving as the line continues around the corner. Eventually after passing hundreds of VIP guest you take your place and wait. Three hours later you finally arrive at the doors to the club where a bouncer tells you he can’t let you in for whatever reason he can think of. At this point you decide to slip the bouncer a Benjamin and you in and like magic. It works! You are in and the VIP section awaits!
You notice its 11:35 and you remember the open bar stops at midnight so you rush up to order a drink only to discover that the line to get a drink is 40 people deep and you can only order one drink at a time which translates to you never getting a free drink.
In Vegas the bottom line is this. Nothing is ever free in Vegas and if you are really a VIP you are not going to need a VIP pass or wrist band to prove it.
Stay clear of free VIP experience offers always! No magical person on the Las Vegas Strip is going to turn you into one or free. If you want to be a VIP at a club in Vegas bring lots of hot woman and lots of cash and buy bottle service. That is if you don’t mind spending on thousand-dollars on a single bottle of alcohol.