"Tourist Police" Scams & Confidence Tricksters Tip by from_bangalore

There are people in Kuala Lumpur (I encountered a man of middle-eastern origin accompanied by a man who looked Malay) posing as "tourist police". They claim to be investigating fake currency and ask to search your bags. The pair I encountered made off with some of our money. The men were able to produce what looked like ID cards carrying the label "tourist police" and they claimed to be plainclothesmen. They seem mostly to be approaching Asians (South Asians included).

Apparently what you need to do when approached by someone who looks like police is to verify that the name on their police ID card matches the name on their national ID card. Apparently police in KL carry two photo IDs. I am also told that tourist police are always in uniform. Lastly, don't allow anyone to inspect your bags except at a police station. Ask a potential scam artist to accompany you to the nearest police station should they wish to inspect your bags.

Address: Kuala Lumpur
Phone: Call the local police

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 5, 2011
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