Sometimes, Teacake gets scammed. It’s only happened twice in 5 years luckily but it can happen nonetheless, no matter how much you think you have travelling sussed out. One scam I fell for is in Siem Reap in Cambodia. This was back in 2013 but a quick google search proves that it’s going just as strong now! Goddamit! Avoid the Baby Milk Scam in Siem Reap Cambodia!
What’s going on?
- There’s going a be a young kid with a very cute baby
- They’ll approach you and say the baby is hungry: they don’t want money, just milk
- No problem I thought, I’ll grab you some milk kid. Milk is cheap, right?…
- The kid will take you to a shop (and the shop is totally in on the scam)
- They’ll take you to the milk and oh boy is that powdered milk expensive! Around $25
- As you’re going, ‘$25…really?!’ The kid will tell you they really need it / their sibling is starving etc
- My gut knew something was seriously up, but I ignored it (tip: never ignore your gut)
- I bought the milk, felt good for a few minutes, then quickly realised everyone else on Pub Street was asking for milk too. What the hell?
- Went home. Googled ‘Cambodian milk scam’. Boom! Top scam in Siem Reap
- The kids will go back to the shop, sell back the powdered milk and split the profits they’ve made with the shopkeeper. Boohoo to this
- Rumour has it that the babies aren’t even family: they’re rented or borrowed for the night to make money
Check out Teacake’s whole list of Travel Scams in Asia!
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