Having just finished a loop through Sri Lanka (which is an amazing destination, btw), I started thinking about common travel scams. As MPers and travel fans, it's probably rare that any of us fall for these tricks, but I'm sure it happens. I consider myself to be a very cautious traveler and take a lot of steps to educate myself on my destination and things to watch out for, but even I have had a few close calls. The one I actually ended up falling for? The "tea ceremony/tasting" in China. I had even read about this scam and made a mental note before landing that I should watch out for this. On my trip out to see the Great Wall, my driver made a sudden stop to "use the bathroom". He invited me to come in and sit down since it might be a few minutes. Not thinking much of it, I sat down and a nice woman came by after a minute and offered me a cup of tea. I said thanks and figured even if there was a charge it wouldn't be too costly. Before I knew it two other people had appeared and an elaborate ceremony/testing was going on. I smoldered the entire time and ended up laughing to myself. Fully aware of the scam and on the look out for it, there I was sitting in the middle of it. China 1, Me 0. So, what's your story? What did you fall for and kick yourself later for?