Avoid this tourist SCAM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰

okay it was my first day in Colombo, Sri
Lanka. I’d just left my hotel in the Colombo Fort area and I’m out doing a wee bit
video blogging, when this happened. No not the Chinese posing for photos, that’s pretty normal. I’m talking about the beggar that’s in
front of me. He shouts something as he sees me coming. How are you sir.
Now as I walked past them you can see a man and a red polo shirt walking in the
opposite direction. As soon as I pass him he does a sharp U-turn and gives a thumbs
up to the beggar, who doubt has just alerted him to my presence. So, unaware to me at the time, he starts following me. I walk pretty fast so I
know if somebody’s walking at the same pace as me it’s no coincidence, that guy
wants something. So I’m out exploring with a general direction in mind of where I
want to go and I think I’ll turn round this corner. Oh and so does he. I think I’ll
change my mind and cross this road. Oh and so does he. So I run across the road.
And so does he. Yeah I’m fast it’s no problem for me mate.
I’m a fast one. Anyway, I’d finished saying what I wanted to say to my
GoPro and stop recording and put it down and it was at that point that the fella
started talking to me so I sneakily hit the record button again and just kept
the camera down at my waist so it didn’t look like I was filming because I kind
of knew that this is going to be some kind of scam or something like that.
Nobody approaches a tourist in this kind of manner,
speaking perfect English like this it just never happens without it being a
scam so I kinda knew straight away When you come to Sri Lanka, today?
ah yes but I’ve been here before Other side more beautiful. You go other side.
Take a photograph. There’s nothing there.
There’s more beautiful, uh?
This place, Red Mosque, Tsunami Temple. The Red Mosque, yeah I’ll take a look, yeah.
When you came Sri Lanka, today? Today but I’ve been before. It’s the second time.
Ahhhh, Sri Lanka. Okay, so he starts by asking if it’s my first day in
Sri Lanka and if I’ve been here before. Basically what he’s asking me is,
“how much of a noob are you?”
“How easy is it gonna be for me to scam you right now”? Very beautiful.
Go this one. No I want to walk around this way.
This way nothing here.
It’s OK, I just want to walk around, I have a lot of time. So straight away he’s
enthusiastically trying to coax me in some other direction by telling me about
oh a beautiful temple that you need to go and see. Unfortunately for him I’m not
a sheep. I’m not that easily led and also I’m not really interested and visiting
some random temple. I mean I’ve seen enough temples in my life that I could
easily go the rest of my life without ever seeing another one and being quite happy about it. If you told me there was a place over
there giving away free ice cream, or there’s a place where
really hot girls hang out or there’s a retro Nintendo Museum or something like
that he may have got my interest but some temple, nah, not interested mate. Where you stay?
Where do I stay? In Galle Face road.
Ahh, you second time Sri Lanka. Yeah, second time, yeah. And you? What’s your job here?
In the port harbour.
Port harbour? What you doing there?
Container discharging loading, discharging loading. Ahh, okay, you do this all day, yeah?
Yeah today I’m on leave. Ahh because it’s Saturday, uh?
Saturday off day. So I asked this guy “what is
your job here?” and he’s trying to tell me that he works at the port in some kind
of labour job, loading and unloading containers or something like that some
kind of job where the effort is really high but the pay is really low and he
likes to spend his one day off per week, not resting, not at home with his
family but wandering the streets of Colombo approaching tourists with his
perfect English. Yes, the story does not check out. You came how many years before?
Before two years ago. I go to Ella, Hatton. Hatton, Kandy and Negombo and Galle
Negombo, I’m living in Negombo.
You’re living in Negombo? and you come here for work every day, yeah?
Every day yeah. Negombo is very good in the beach. This, you’re working here?
Other side. Ahh, okay, I’m going to walk this wat
Nice to meet you, I see you next time. You seen already Red Mosque?
Yeah, I will see. So right there I tried to get rid of him.
I kind of let him walk ahead a little bit to see where he was going and then I decided to cross the road to the right. Ohhh, but still he’s coming with me.
Still he’s following me. This one Red Mosque.
Yeah, I know. Two years before, you came, you see new one? What they changed it, they paint?
Ohh, a new one. Look this.
Yeah I see. Yes two years before make this already finished here.
Okay, I walk there now. You want to see Tsunami Temple?
2004 December 26th, tsunami came. Yeah I know the tsunami, this very bad.
Very bad, 3,900 people dying and the temple, look at the biggest one, *something* temple. So if this was a genuine interaction with a genuine Sri Lankan citizen and they suggested that
you should go and see some kind of attraction and you just told them you
weren’t interested that would be the end of part of the conversation. They wouldn’t
suggest it again but this guy he’s walking in the opposite direction of
where he was originally going and follow me through all the streets to try and
convince me I have to go and see this place. Yeah it’s pretty obvious he’s
trying to lead me to something that’s gonna end up with me parting with cash. Seen this temple.
You never seen, never been to here? No, first I will walk across to the Red Mosque. You seen *something*, Buddhist temple?
No. Ah I don’t I don’t like to visit the
temple, not interesting for me. Not big on religion, so temple not really
interesting for me. Temple no interesting?
Yeah, not interesting for me. Okay, so he’s engaging with me in a bit of chitchat
about Sri Lanka and different places are good to see but still he’s trying to steer the
conversation in the direction of suggesting that this beautiful temple is
a place that I must go and see despite me outright telling him that I’ve got zero interest in temples. Yeah I like the architecture, the old buildings from the Portuguese and the Dutch and the British They build some nice buildings in Sri Lanka, uh?
Sri Lanka, yeah. They build some nice-looking buildings.
You go Dutch building, Dutch. Yeah, the Dutch, they build the buildings
300, 400 years ago and still, still here still here, not fall down after three, four hundred years.
300 years before, Dutch Church, 1749. The Dutch Church. Dutch buildings good. Only Dutch. You came, you want to see Dutch colonial building?
Yeah, I see in Galle they have many Dutch building everywhere, uh?
Yeah that’s a Dutch port, Galle is a Dutch port. Yeah, yeah.
And the Negombo, British people make Negombo. Now it’s hot sir.
Yeah for me especially because I’m not from here. Okay nice to meet you, I’m going to walk on my own.
You go Tsunami Temple, Tsunami Temple I’m going to walk to the Red Mosque now.
Yeah okay, nice to meet you.
You go Tsunami Temple, never seen? Maybe later I go.
Building, building.
Maybe later I go. It was nice to meet you. Okay nice to meet you, have a nice day. Woah, woah, woah, woah. okay so I finally got rid of him,
but not without a desperate attempt from him to try and convince me to go to see
this Tsunami Temple. You can see the desperation on his face there as he just has
one last attempt as he knows that I’m leaving. oh but you don’t want to go see
the Tsunami Temple, oh you Tsunami Temple, Tsunami Temple, I don’t care mate, I don’t care, see you later. Right, so that fella was walking with me for like 5 minutes. But hey, that’s not the end to the story.
The fella, look at him, behind me, he’s on his phone
now, and a tuk-tuk stops beside him to pick him up. He didn’t wave it down or anything this tuk-tuk’s just stopped and let him
in and so basically that tuk-tuk’s his friend and that tuk-tuk must have
been stalking us the whole time, like driving behind us, like maybe like 10
meters behind just following us so that’s part of the scam. So what is this scam?
Well I did a bit of googling afterwards and the only reference I
could find to a Tsunami Temple in Colombo was on somebody’s blog saying
that they got scammed funnily enough so I’ve read that and the way it works is this.
Okay, the scammer approaches the tourists, and convinces them to visit the
Tsunami Temple, this beautiful Tsunami Temple that’s nearby. His friend’s in a tuk-tuk and
he sees them and offers them a free ride, because, he’s offering it for free,
why would you offered it for free? oh because you want to go and see the
memorial to our good people who died in the tsunami, I’ll take you there for free.
So the scammer, the tuk-tuk and the victims go to the Tsunami Temple, that
ends up being like 15 minutes away, so apparently not that nearby after all.
Anyway it turns out just to be some ordinary temple, not beautiful, just as
beautiful as temples are. It’s just some ordinary temple that are ten-a-penny in Sri Lanka, you know. So the victim spend like a couple of minutes there
at best, don’t take any photos and just ask the tuk-tuk to drive them back to the
Colombo Fort area so they get in the tuk-tuk,
they get back to Colombo Fort and that’s when the tuk-tuk starts demanding
massive amounts of money from them. Apparently all the only the ride to the
temple was free, not the ride back so that’s the scam.
The tuk-tuk’s just giving up all this time and everything and now he’s asking for
the money for taking him there and knowing that it’s probably their first day in Sri
Lanka they don’t know how much a tuk-tuk costs, so he’s asking for whatever,
like $20, $30 I presume anyway in the blog I read, the victims
had an argument with this tuk-tuk and just threw him a 500 rupee note and
told them to take it or leave it so they took it and they drove off shouting abuse
at the victims, with their money in their pocket, so there you have it, that’s quite
elaborate scam just to get an overpriced tuk-tuk fare out of some victims.
I feel like if these people can come up with such a scam such an elaborate scheme that they
can use that kind of ingenuity to create some kind of entrepreneurial business,
but I don’t know, I guess they just find it easier to be dirty scammers than entrepreneurs. Well, congratulations scumbags. You may earn an easy 500 or 1000
rupees now and again from some stupid tourists but know this and know it clear,
foreign visitors hate you, your own Sri Lankan people despise you for disgracing their country. So enjoy your life of stealing from people for petty cash,
for chump change, while being hated by absolutely everyone. Enjoy that life,
while it lasts, hopefully not for too long. Okay, so please give this video a
thumbs up, it’ll help more people see it and if only 1 person sees this and then
avoids wasting their time and money on this kind of scam then is worthwhile
isn’t it? So until next time guys please consider subscribing more Sri Lankan
videos are coming soon, but until next time, cheerio for now and I will see you on the next one.

100 thoughts on “Avoid this tourist SCAM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 🇱🇰

  1. OMG!! the same person scammed me in the exact same place in 2016. He first claimed he was just showing me around because he likes helping tourists, then we ended up taking a rikshaw, which he stopped himself. After visiting few places, he stopped the rikshaw at an empty road where few people were passing by and asked me to pay a hefty amount of money. When I refused to pay the amount he asked for, he threatened to take me to the police and tell them I asked him to buy me drugs (which I didn't). When he saw that I wasn't afraid of the police, he started bargaining. I ended up paying only a fraction of the price he asked, and that wasn't cheap either. Lesson learnt!!

  2. Dale I understand he is no good but having said that, I would like to say you missed the oldest Buddhist temple in Colombo Gangaramaya. May be next time.

  3. First off your book bag has to go and you have to be firm tell him go away from you dont be scared! Tell him in a rage voice get away from me or i will knock you out!!! Dont be a little scared white person that looks like a nerd…

  4. Thanks for getting this out there! I think the next step should be taken by the local authorities by enlisting help from tourist looking people, catch them at their game and give them a good beating.

  5. You change your accent when talking to a foreigner, I remember Joey barton doing this in france when talking to the french press. But well done, give them fuck all, moochers.

  6. If you are a very very weak feable dickhead tourist then this will happen to you all the time every day every where. All you need to say is 2 simply words FUCK OFF it is so simple and easy to say!!!!

  7. If ya not an easy sheep. Why bother talking to him. Should not even waste ya time on a scumer bro. Especially somewhere its not your country. 😂

  8. Someone should pull a "reversi" on these scammers…..after they take you out to "tsunami temple" for free, have a friend that followed you pick you up and drive you back to the city!!!!!

  9. Count your blessings, these tuk tuk drivers sometimes abduct young white boys and sell them to the Jews for ritual sacrifice, especially if there’s a shortage of Christian babies, which the Jew obviously prefers.

  10. these asses should be in jail by now . I know some people in authorities, i'll tell them to look into this. apologies for these kinda parasites our country.

  11. These parasites are flooding the UK along with every other piece of vermin from every corner of the fucking planet! CLOSE BRITAIN'S BORDERS NOW YOU BASTARDS!

  12. These scams are everywhere when you travel. Not really the scam that gets people like you lol, young men in board shorts and flip flops it's easier to send women to lure them to some phony nightclub or just to an alleyway to be robbed. The lesson to take from this is to always be suspicious of people who approach tourists, especially if they want to take you somewhere. It's normal for locals to dislike or even be suspicious of tourists so it's pretty weird when one is randomly happy to approach you and be your friend.

  13. C’mon man. I live in Scotland and visit Glasgow and Edinburgh regularly. If somebody came up to you in Buchanan Street Glasgow and asked you to go up a street you would tell him to f—- off. When you are abroad you don’t want to upset the locals but it was so obvious he was up to something. You should have walked right back to where you came from and told him you were going to visit your policeman friend.

  14. So this SOB has been scamming tourists for years and getting away with it. Isn't there a Tourism Authority, or something like this, that you can report this to? If there is then forward this video to them. In any event, scammers operate everywhere. One Labor Day holiday in NYC something similar happened to me. I was walking in Times Square when I was approached by two guys who said they were merchant seamen who had newly arrived and were there for the weekend. Then they asked me if I would go with them to find a 'hotel' to stay at. I ignored them and walked off then 5 seconds after another two guys stopped me and asked me what those guys wanted. Before long I noticed the first two guys approaching us so I took off and returned to my hotel. Bunch of stinkers! When I told them at the hotel what happened I was informed of what they would have done. If I had followed them, I would have been lured into some alley and been mugged, or maybe even worse.

  15. Best thing to handle at these kind of situations is to say no thank you and keep walking no thank you keep walking if he blocks your road tell him in a more rude way I am in hurry if he keeps bothering you then tell him if you don’t leave me alone I am calling the police or punch him in the face and run like hell what this son of a bitch deserves more than one night in jail

  16. Movie: City of Joy
    In an indian city
    American tourist is pressured to drink with prostitute
    Then her friends rob him of all his money on way back to his hotel room

  17. yeh I've had this loads in Colombo, best thing is to ignore them completely – do not speak or engage with them. It's actually a lot worse in Bangkok.

  18. Scam of tuk tuk..For god sake….This is ridiculous…Just say NO and will be the end of it..Sri Lanka is a chid's playing next to some countries.

  19. Oh god 🙁 I’m a Sri Lankan too. So disappointed . because of these kind of people my country is getting worse and worse.

  20. Doesnt seem like a scam to be bothered about. A random guy trying to make some bucks. Happens everywhere you should just use commonsense or go with the flow and give him a couple bucks which will feed his family. You see not all people make easy money like the americans or english

  21. ADVICE….!!!
    If you travel in Sri lanka avoid using tuck tuck who come after you.Instead choose a one randomly.Never say hi to tuck tuck or taxi drivers because they will come after you.Unless you have a recommendation always use Google maps and internet based information instead a tour guide.Act like you are familiar with Sri lanka.Take small amount of money in hand and keep the rest in few separated ATM cards.Keep your valuables safely.In case of any unlawful experience try to complain to the police or leave the place as soon as possible. Never go to fight with any Sri lankan if so all tribal members will come and beat you may be until to death.Sri lanka is a country where people have 90 percent literacy rate and thousands of highly educated people and majority of the population is very peaceful and caring. But This country is ruled and dominated by manly uneducated,corrupted politicians and their henchmen. So be careful….welcome to Sri lanka.

  22. You do not need to visit these countries to be scammed by these people. They come to live in our countries and scam away gleefully.

  23. This is extremely embarrassing but convincing evidence for disgraceful situation in Srilanka, it is absolutely essential "total system change", this could be the last chance to fix these issues..

  24. These kind of people ruin my country's reputation and pride. Sorry about this dale. Please don't misunderstand all of us because of this stupid guy 😐

  25. I watched all the videos of you film in SL. Those are nice. But we are so sorry about these people. Be safe when you travel. Looking for the new videos in future. Good luck

  26. Good catch Dale! I am gonna post this on facebook. Let's give this guy what he deserves. It is not only tourists that get scammed, the locals who really don't know Colombo, also get scammed frequently. Thanks!

  27. Tuk tuk driver and the scammer were working together. These guys are bad news in many ways. They bring out bad reputation to start with, then they create an experience for the tourists that can make them not to bother visiting these places ever or the whole island for that matter. Naming and shaming them is a good way to deter them. Poverty and lack of business is not a good excuse to steal, even though it happens. By treating the tourists with respect and care these guys are more likely to get better and longer term business.

  28. When your hands are in the Lion's mouth. Gentle pull it out…. or wack him over the head and head to the hills lol

  29. Just tell them you're a Police Officer there for a conference with local police and if they don't go away you have him hauled off to jail. Works all the time.

  30. At the beginning of this video I thought it was going to be one of them scams where the guy follows you , and throws shit on your shoes , And takes you to a shoe cleaner where he charges you £35.

  31. I suffer from an illness that keeps scammers away. its called resting bitch face and rolling my eyes and staring down at anyone who comes near me…

  32. This happened to me in Manilla. He sucked $50 bucks out of me before the penny dropped and I told him to fuck off.

  33. I swear its not even the fact that he's a white guy in a brown area, these people legit know who are foreigners and who are not. My family visited a few months back and we are of srilankan origin but i was born in another more western country. we tried our hardest to fit in and we thought we were pulling it off. I kid you not we started walking down the street and a similar thing happened to us. This woman and her young child comes up to us and tells us that there is a huge shipwreck that is near us and that it was monumental after the tsunami happened a long while back. So we start buying what says and we were just about to get in but when my dad asked for the location of the place, she said that it was fine and that she would take us, we were sketched out and just declined. We thought that if we did want to see it we could go with my family that lives there. upon further research of this so called "shipwreck' there was literally not real and they wer making it up to make some good cash

  34. People are going to avoid visits to Sri Lanka such as myself cuz these scams are going out of control in this day of age,

  35. බලපන් මේ පොන්නයා නිසා නිකන් ලංකාව චාටර් වෙනවා. මුව දැක්ක තැන කනට ගහන්න ඕනේ.

  36. You have to be blunt with these people, tell them you're not interested and that they should stop following you. Then simply ignore them. The more you engage with them, the harder they will try.

  37. You could also say, that you already had seen that Tzunami Temple (That doesn´t exists). It would be interesting to see his face.

  38. You should not have interacted with him at all. You should have walked straight into the most decent looking establishment and summoned the authorities. Nothing worse than a slimy scammer. He could have shoved you into any of those dark dingy structures and robbed you.

  39. While tourists get scammed like this, our dumb cops look the other way. They can always intervene ut they dont because they also get a cut in the end.

  40. This is why I can't travel to these dump countries because I would end up in a dump country jail because of these morons because I'd break his face. I have zero tolerance for fuckers.

  41. If I were you, the first second he approached to me. I'd tell him to stop following me. I'm not as patient as you are. I've lived a similar situation in Paris, France and I used the technique and they stop following me.

    Ps: I'm a peaceful man 😂

  42. I'm in Sri Lanka now, I'll not come back here again, full of touts. I understand the tourism is bad after the easter attacks and its also low season now, but the touts are shocking here, they destroy the potential of this beautiful place. Touts are in restaurants, bars, tuk tuk's, travel agents, its so corrupt here, I'd go back to Thailand or Bali first. I remember being in Thailand and they had strict tourist police that dealt with these things, they had dedicated numbers for tourists, and they need to do that here to fine/jail the touts.

  43. Me: stabs my grey shirt comes to new country and walk to streets no scammers aproach me
    And rip my pants purposely

    I keep my coats and formal suits I'm my luggage

  44. good share! honestly disgraced and ashamed of it hope the relevant authorities take notice of scumbags like this just a advice whoever stranger who comes to speak to you just avoid them specially the kind ones. cheers

  45. Best advice, at initial approach, say "No thank you" and walk away. Do not get involved in any discussions, conversations etc.

  46. Bro i am a sri lankan and thank you exposing these people and be care full they are money scamers and drug users.

  47. The problem is you're giving the asshole chance to continue talking and talking and talking. Just ask him to fuck off the second he opened his mouth.

  48. "No one approaches a tourist speaking perfect english"are you being serious..what a racist thing to say ..i have visted many times..and lived in india …
    Its disgusting that you are ignorant enough to make such a statement unchecked.

  49. UK black man here I will be avoiding Sri Lanka like the bulbonic plaque 😂😂😂😂😂😂😅😅😅😅😅😉

  50. I have been all over India and Sri Lanka and never been approached by a scammer, yet.After the second time if the scammer kept following me, I would tell him to piss off or else, going to get free ice cream or sexy girls is totally insane, this guy wants to be robbed.

  51. Lol small world I met that same guy last year after bringing me to a museum he insisted I went to after that interaction I actually told my close friends it's sketch here let's just go to Thailand next time sad people like this ruin a beautiful experience

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