As travel rebounds, travel scammers are back to their tricky ways.

It’s one of the sad things about travel that can really put a damper on a holiday.

However, as long as it’s not too serious, they can make for a good story to tell the folks back home.

Here are some of the more iconic scams the Stuff lifestyle team have fallen for while abroad.

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The friendliest travel scam in the world

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Fiji is one of the friendliest destinations in the world.

There’s a common scam that many tourists have fallen for in Fiji – and I’m going to call it the friendliest scam in the world. In the Fiji Islands, it’s not uncommon to strike up conversations with total strangers – after all, you’re in one of the friendliest destinations in the world.

Most people will ask you where you are from, a fairly standard question as a way of engaging and maybe seeing if there are any shared connections. No harm done, 99% of the time.

In this particular scam, someone will strike up a conversation with you on the street, and if you tell them you’re from New Zealand, they’ll reveal their personal connection to the country to establish some common ground. But if they ask you your name, check to see if there’s a rolled up newspaper under the person’s arm, or if they suddenly take out something that looks like a pen.

At that point, the scammer will take

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