Where corruption in a country is endemic, scams targeted at travellers flourish.
Indonesia, known for the rugged beauty of its countryside and volcanoes, is one example.
A cab driver in Padang (Sumatra) tried a scam on me. I was on the way to the airport from Padang, and we had agreed on the fare.
As we headed for the airport he pulled out a laminated list of cab fares, and said, "Actually, these are the official fares."
One glance and I put it down. "But we had agreed on the price, ok?"
Thwarted by my reply his brains went into a counter attack mode.
The morning traffic was heavy, and he was driving as though a Sumatran tiger was hot on his tail.
"Do you have any Singapore money? I'd like some as souvenirs," he said.
I was prepared for this. "Oh, I carry only Indonesian money. No Singapore money." He kept quiet.
As a rule I avoid taking cabs. Cab drivers the world over are the same when they spot a tourist. Their minds go, "Aha, walking ATMs."
You see the airport bus had failed to turn up at the last minute to pick me up from my hotel, leaving me with no choice but to catch a cab. Another scam?