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  • Winston: Now this is a video about Scams in China but it's not Just a video about Scams. You can think of It As a

  • W: Survival Guide Because I'm going to be going through all of These Scams That you would most

  • Probably encounter from the moment you step off the plane landing in china

  • All the Way Through Sort of Daily life and even if You live Here.

  • Well Hello guys and welcome to another video Today we're going to be talking about

  • Scammers and in fact Here we have a Whole bunch of Scammers behind me we're going to talk about them in a minute

  • Now the point of This video is really to prepare anyone who wants to travel to china

  • prepare them to have a Good time and we're going to start with Those Guys Behind me

  • Those are Black Taxi Scammers

  • When you Walk Out of The Airport or

  • Even Just Cross The Border into China The first People you're probably going to see are these black taxi Scammers They'll Be shouting out in

  • English They'll Be shouting taxi taxi taxi

  • Do not Go with Those Guys

  • They're a complete ripoff They're going to charge a Lot of Money and

  • Now Let'S move on to the next Thing by The Way

  • This guy You might recognize if You Watch anything about Bargaining Right How about an Introduction Hey i'm colin You call on a Broadcast

  • I do a Lot of Bargaining videos Here in the Fake Markets of China and Today We are here with Serpent's a Day

  • When People come on

  • Holiday to China One of The Things they want to do is get a deal right Because Everybody Knows you can buy cheap Either

  • KnockofF or you Know Just Basically Cheap Products clothing Handbags You name It you can buy it right

  • Right But There are a couple of Things People Need to know

  • so since you Hear the guy does all the sort of Bargaining videos Maybe You can Give People a Little Bit of Advice

  • When You come to china?

  • Bargaining is Pretty Much a Sport and

  • You're literally Expected to Bargain for the lowest price like if you don't Bargain for the lowest price Then They're not going to respect you

  • And i When a Lot of Foreigners come to China it Just Kind of Like?

  • Like me coming from the Wife's leg When i first came here i met

  • Alright Yeah That Seems Like a Good price Let's Just do it like Just to be polite you know but uh That's not how it

  • Is here in china in fact they Actually take Advantage of sort of Western Sensibilities we we don't want

  • To bargain Because we think It might Be Rude or you know like we think we're

  • Ending Them or something Up and so They'll offer You an Outrageous price like maybe you can give an Example of something you've

  • You Know price You've Been offered and how much you actually Got It for in the end okay yeah so i think the biggest price

  • difference That i've had is i was Bargaining for a Hoop low Watchos

  • 4,500 un that Was their starting price right four Thousand How much is that in us dollars That's Almost Like a Thousand us dollars

  • Okay i Say Maybe Like eight Hundred us dollars no i see 675 sorry okay so 675 and

  • My counteroffer Was like 100 Um Which is like fifteen Dollars and it's like That's such a Huge difference but the thing is like

  • They don't Get offended by That Because That's like Expected so the

  • Ultimate price i still think i paid a little too much It Was like three Hundred dollars Which is like

  • 300 rmb yeah excuse me three Hundred

  • Which is like Fifty Dollars so okay so we went down from 675 down to 50 right and you could Have definitely

  • Gone Lower and Probably Yeah i mean That's something you have to realize is that The People are not gonna sell something?

  • Unless They're Making a Profit Right They're Not gonna let It Go if They're not making a profit so you're not ripping them off

  • Right Exactly You Know They're gonna rip you off but Here's a little tip if you want the best Deals

  • come Early Because iF you're the first customer at Any of these Places They will actually sometimes drop even Lower

  • Because Being The first customer it's Kind of a Luck Thing it's a tradition Thing okay

  • Superstition more Like so they won't Turn Away Their first customer okay so sometimes you can Get the best Deals if you go early

  • Oh i learned something New today Cool Anyway we're gonna go check out the counterfeit Markets with Him if you want

  • To see that i'm gonna link His video because i'm gonna continue talking about Scams but yeah if you want

  • To go see that Let's move on to his and then we'll continue here perfect yep let's do this?

  • Another Thing to watch Out for a Fake months in fact there's One right Behind us and

  • What They'll do is They'll Approach You and try to give you like a Try to give you like a Good Luck Charm

  • and then What happens Is you'll Feel

  • Obliged Because They hand this Thing to you they don't ask if you want it or not They'll give you this like sort of

  • Chintzy Looking Gold And Good Luck Charm and Then They'll Kind of Ask for Money or a Donation and

  • They'll follow You they won't leave you alone so if you Just take that charm and you try to walk away

  • They'll follow You and They'll Start Pestering You for a back Until you give them Money so

  • Beware of all The Fake Monks You know real Monks don't wander the streets trying to extort Money Real Monks Stay in Monasteries

  • Now before i continue and tell You about more Scams Let's Talk about Why there are so many Scams and Why

  • Scamming Is so prevalent in China Because of Course you will find Scammers everywhere in the world i know if you go to

  • soho in london You'll Get you know the Dodgy sort of

  • Girlie Bar Scams I know that if you go to eastern Europe You'll get all the taxi Scams Usual Kind of Things

  • The difference is That

  • Scamming to some degree or the other is more or less Baked into chinese Society and

  • I'm not trying to sound mean or or Weird it's Just Part of the mentality here and that is

  • for instance if i walked into a small Shop over here or

  • If i go to a wet Market and i'm buying some vegetables They will always be this Kind of

  • give and Take

  • Try to make a Buck here and there Kind of Mentality if

  • Somebody can Make a Little Bit of Money They will make a Little Bit of Money off of you and

  • It's actually Got a name Here in China Which i've said before in some of my Other videos but

  • There's an idiom Which is non p&G opium Which Just means if you can Cheat then cheat there's also a

  • Mentality at The moment Very prevalent in China especially in Business

  • Where people are not concerned about the long term They're only concerned about The short term so if a Businessman can Make

  • 20,000 rmb Today and Forego a Hundred Thousand Darby's Worth of Business in the future he will do it

  • There are Plenty of Examples But

  • That's not What this video is about Support scamming Let's get on to the next scam

  • Now the next scam Should Be easy to avoid if you have a Healthy dose of common sense but a Subscriber of mine?

  • Fell for This two Weeks Ago he met up with me and he told me his story

  • So i thought i'd relate it to you Just in case

  • He was in the electronics district here in Shenzhen in han Bay Looking at Gadgets and Phones and Things Like That and he was Approached

  • By Somebody on the street Who claimed to be from hong Kong

  • Now Bear with me because i've Been approached by these Guys before and they will always claimed to be from

  • Taiwan or singapore or something like That you know obviously not from China Because well That's part of Their Scam

  • So the guy Says you know i'm from hong kong i came Over the border and my Wallet Was stolen and

  • I can't get back home you

  • Know all i have with me is my cellphone

  • It Would You want to buy it from me so i can have some money to get back home and

  • you Know he's Got like a Brand new iPhone

  • 7 and he shows It to my subscriber and he Says look here see it's it's real and Everything

  • So they Check the Phone out and yeah it's a real iPhone 7 take some photos You know make sure it's the real Deal

  • and so the Guy Hands over the Money You know a couple of Thousand rMb and

  • Then The Seller Used some sort of sleight of hand and When he gave him like the box

  • There Was Actually a Fake iPhone

  • Inside of It so he spent a couple of Thousand rMB for a Phone That's worth about a Hundred and Fifty RMb

  • Which is and i've Got a smile on my face Because it'S quite silly

  • but You know that that could be quite a Blow especially if you don't have a lot of Money so

  • This is Actually Fairly common if Anyone tries to sell you anything on the street you Should Probably Think twice Because

  • you Know if it's not a scam it's probably Stolen Anyway

  • So up till Now you're probably Thinking that in China Scams Only Affect foreigners but This is absolutely not the truth

  • Local People Get Scammed Just As Much iF not more Than Foreigners the only difference being That Because you're a Foreigner

  • People in China think that you're rich They think you've Got Money and of Course the language

  • Barrier Makes It so Much Easier for them to scam you

  • Especially Since You won't be Able to talk to the police because the police in china cannot Speak english it's Just a fact

  • It's incredibly rare to find a police Woman or policeman Who can Actually Speak english and even if They do

  • you Know the Criminal or the scammer because They're chinese they know the

  • Society Here they Know how things Work and they will always Be Able to Turn Things in their favor

  • So in other Words You Pretty Much, Have no chance up against a Scammer if You can't Speak chinese here in china?

  • AnyWay back to the point chinese People Get Scammed and a

  • Subscriber of mine a chinese Subscriber of Mine told me a story a Week ago that Happened to him and

  • This is something That can Affect you know both chinese and Foreigners alike and it's got to do with dating right Now

  • it's Been become Very Very Popular Lately to use dating apps i

  • Guess it'S something Similar to tinder you know those Kind of Things you get a Whole

  • Lot of Them Here in china you've got. Ton ton you've Got more more You've Got i

  • can't remember But There's a Whole Lot and it's not Only

  • Chinese People That are using them foreigners are using these apps too

  • Even a Lot of The foreigners i know who can't even speak chinese use them because you know you can Install It Fairly easily and

  • It's Just a couple of Clicks of a Button and you can Start swiping Through

  • People in your area and then you know you Say You like them and if

  • They See that You've Liked them and They like you back you can start a Conversation

  • You Know that Kind of Thing and People use it as a Hookup App to

  • To get a day to

  • One-Night stand or whatever you know the

  • The Usual Kind of Crap But Because of That There's a Lot of Scams a Lot of Scams Built-in with These Apps

  • Now What Happened with My chinese Subscriber Is

  • He met a Girl on one of These apps and

  • She invited him out well he invited her out for a Drink and she said sure?

  • Let'S Go out for a Drink i know a Great Place

  • Okay so he goes to this place That she Recommends and it's a Little bar a Little Dingy bar he had three Drinks

  • Like Three Just Weak little Drinks and the bill came to

  • Three Thousand RMb

  • okay and Then There Was nothing he could do because a

  • Bunch of Like Big Thugs came in When he didn't want to pay cuz he refused to pay and They extorted Him and Basically

  • Forced Him to pay the Money Yeah

  • Hello

  • How are you

  • okay

  • I'm Good thanks all right Got a couple of followers Here hello

  • okay mm-Hmm hi

  • This is

  • Lots of fun Anyway

  • so hmm

  • Thugs came in made Him pay he called the police the police came

  • They shut the Place down

  • That's Very Nice Yeah okay now police take a Hike if you don't Mind okay mm-Hmm

  • So Anyway the guy was extorted The thugs Wouldn't Let Him leave until he paid

  • So he ended up paying the three Thousand rMb and he went straight

  • To the police and then the police went with Him he took the police to the little bar and the police shut it down and

  • you Know assured Him that They Would investigate It and sort it all Out so yeah the bar Got shut down and then

  • He just Kept calling the police to find out What had Happened and they Kind of Just IGnored Him and

  • He went back a Few Days Later and the place is open again and

  • This is because Usually The Scammers are in Cahoots with the local police i mean how else can an

  • establishment Like a Teahouse or a bar or something

  • continue to run if They keep getting complaints

  • That They're scamming People right it's because

  • They know the local police Because They've Got What they call one xi or Connections

  • So he didn't Get his three Thousand back the bar opened up again and there Was nothing he could do about it

  • Now the next scan i'm going to talk about is probably the most well Known scam and if You've Watched my videos before you Should

  • Be Familiar With It Anyway It is called the tea house scam but of course it comes in many Variations

  • The Gist of This scam is that You'll be Approached

  • Usually By attractive Young Women if you're a Man look Women are not immune to this scam either Because

  • People are still Approached Women you know so young Women Will approach Young Women and try to befriend them Now these scams are

  • TyPically Found in Beijing and Shanghai

  • That's where you'll find them the most

  • anywhere on Nanjing Road you know nanjing lu in

  • shanghai which is this Very popular sort of Touristy shopping area You will be Approached in

  • Beijing You Will Be Approached anywhere Near Tiananmen square

  • you Know the Forbidden City

  • Excuse me i'm walking Over Puddles and you Know Anyway

  • You Know you'll be Approached in 1:14 any of The Tourist areas By usually not one but two

  • Young Women or

  • you Know it can Be meant to but it's usually Younger students Type okay and they could Speak english

  • And What They'll Try and do is They Will try to invite you, to go for tea go for coffee Go for a Drink

  • Go to see their art Gallery Doesn't Matter There's also some nonsense That They Will try and

  • Entice you with and then You Say sure why not you know you're a Tourist and They're like Hey

  • We're Tourists - and we'd like to go and try out this tea Ceremony we Know this place Where they sell you know

  • Traditional chinese Tea That Kind of nonsense and you're like okay well you know i'm a Tourist That's Exactly the Kind of Thing I'm looking

  • For Why not and if you follow them They'll take you to like Usually a Ratty little tea house Which

  • Belongs to their friend and

  • Then What You'll do Is You'll Sit down and Drink

  • Some tea and then You'll be presented with an Outrageous bill for Thousands of rMb and i've Heard People Get Bills of Up to like

  • 30000 rMb Because They Try to like Sniff Out how rich You are through Their conversations and

  • then You Know They'll Try to Kind of Relay The information so you know you can get a bill presented That's

  • Like a Thousand rmb all The Way Up to like Thirty Thousand Armies Just Stupid stupid prices and you would Have only Drank like a

  • P'tee

  • and Maybe Had like a Plate of Fruits or something stupid and it's Just One of Those Things Where

  • you have to be careful if someone comes to you and it Doesn't matter

  • Who they are if they start asking You questions like how long have you Been here i

  • Mean That's Their Gauge Because if They See you've only Been Here for a Day or a couple of Days i know you're an Easy

  • Target

  • You Know That's the first Thing They Will ask you then They ask you where you're from and

  • You'll notice i did a Beijing Scams video and Everyone That Was trying to scam me with these scams

  • They Would Always Say That They were from Xian

  • Because of The terracotta warriors so they have something they can Talk about you know something that Foreigners Know about so basically

  • Anyone Approaches you and wants to take you somewhere

  • There's a Very easy Way to avoid a Scam

  • If you agree to have a Drink with them or have a meal with them or whatever you choose the destination You choose the place?

  • choose a Starbucks

  • choose a Restaurant Nearby That You've Already Been to you know

  • You're the one who has to choose the place because if you let them choose the place

  • You Could Be Guaranteed That They're going to lead you into a trap

  • All right Let's move on to the next scam

  • The Next scam we're going to talk about is something that You will probably only come across if you

  • Take Part in a Tour group so this also happens usually in Beijing

  • Shanghai Places like That for instance if you want to get like an all included

  • Package Tour and you get on a Bus and They take you from place to place you get a lot of These sort of them

  • Almost Forced shopping Things Where you know the tour guide will get Kickbacks from Shops

  • So They'll take You to see a site for a short While then They'll take you to a Shop and Kind of Force You to

  • Mill Around The Shop for a while and Hopefully buy something but

  • The Jade and Pearls Scam is quite

  • Well-Known and quite aggressive and What Will Happen is

  • Usually You'll Kind of Get Locked in a Place and They'll come up with some other Story as to why you should buy their Jade

  • They'll Bring Someone in and then The person Will be like Hey

  • This Is some really Expensive Special Jade and you know i really like you or i

  • I have a Good Feeling That if i give you a Good price on this and you Will be Good for my business in the

  • future or there's all Sorts of Stupid Excuses That They make Up in order to kind of make you think you're getting a Good deal

  • The Gist of This is that you're going to be paying a Lot of Money for

  • Worthless Jade and Worthless Pearls so iF you're ever in a situation Where it seems Like You've Been taken to some Kind of Posh?