Cellphone Safety In Tanzania: Top 5 Tips

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Are you traveling to Tanzania any time soon?
Here are 5 ways you could accidentally give your phone away for free, know them and out-smart them!

1.   Gold doesn't come easy...don't lose your phone out of greed.

Recently a friend of mine came to me distressed, saying that he lost everything for a watcher of rocks. What happened to him is, he met a stranger who told him that he had gold to sell and a buyer is waiting for him in town. He would give him 10% if he lends him his phone because he had lost his that very morning. Sensing his resistance the con man suggested that they take a taxing seeing that they were both going to town, my friend hold on to the sachet of gold and give him the phone so he may talk to the buyer.

So it was done, when they reached town the con told him to wait in a certain area while he went to meet the buyer. My friend waited for hours with the gold which was actually gold colored gravels in his pockets thus he lost his phone. They play with your inner greed so check your greedometer and keep your wits about you.

2.   Goods in hand are broken or stolen...don't trade your phone for a hand deal.

While sitting in the bus a fellow passenger engaged in a bargain with a vendor through the window. The vendor was selling a Nokia smart phone almost 50% lower than the buying price and offered to take the price 25% lower if my fellow traveller thrown in his old phone into the deal. He obviously did. Concerned about the functionality of the phone he asked to check out the phone first.

It seemed to power up so he sealed the deal only to find out later that the phone had been exchanged for a similar dead phone when boxing! He had no time to recheck the phone when it was boxed because the bus was leaving.

Yeah, dishonest vendors can do quick swaps. Check, recheck and recheck before you make a purchase from a street vendor better yet stay off deals where you are in some kind of pressure, time, crowd, etc.

3.   People are poor and troubled...save your cellphone.

A few years ago, I gave away my phone to a con. A young boy who seemed troubled approached me and asked me if I was going to the hospital. Sure enough I was that's why I was queued on that side of the road. So any ways he tells me that his mum is seriously sick and needs surgery. He had got part of the money but has to go see his uncle for the other part. The surgeon has agreed to commence with the OP if he pays the first half but he must pay the second half before noon so he needs someone to deliver the money to his brother who is with his mum at the hospital while he goes to his aunt.

He hands me an envelope with the supposed money. Because its too crowded and in fear of attracting attention I just take a quick gThat's how they do it, creatively play with your emotions so be careful when helping strangers. If you feel charitable then find legit organization to offer your help.

4.   When in the club...don't give your cellphone to a stranger.

A friend of a friend came to visit him in the city and they hit a club. After they had a few drinks a chic looking female spots them and joins the meriment over. In a couple of hours she suggests they move to another spot where she guarantees is happening but asks for his phone to call her roommate because her phone is out of credit. Because the music is loud she asks if she can be excused to talk outside, he reluctantly agrees. She disappered into the dark and so did his phone. Appearances are deceiving, your mum's advice of not talking to strangers is a valuable lesson to hang on to.

5.   If it's your phone...you couldn't possibly have picked it up from the gutter!

A few weeks ago, a woman called and claimed that the phone I was using is hers and I must have picked up where her daughter had dropped it. She begged me to meet her and talk about it and that she would pay me 100,000 Tshs for it. The story was sbdurx because I bought the phone from abroad and I have proof so I told her so. When she couldn't get me to fall for it (I'm wiser now) she got her partner to call me posing as a customer care personnel from my service provider and asking me to return the phone to it's owner. I asked him when was lost/stolen claims addressed by customer care services and suggested that if the claimnant has proof of purchase then she should go to the police and let them do their job and that's how years of experince helped me save my cellphone! Don't accept suggestions for a meetup when the situation is obviously absurd.

Have you or anyone you know fall for these or similar tricks? Share the experience with us so that others may travel smart :-)

Fatma Makame

I'm not the typical socialite but I enjoy going to out-door events.
I have a passion for makeup artistry and am always looking out for a new beauty product to try.
My taste buds like adventure but prefer familiarity, I often find myself going the extra mile to find the comfort of a favourite eating spot- Yep, I love great food! Along with the love for food is my liking of great pictures, artworks and exploring new places.
I've only recently begun to take a time-off my busy schedule to near-by destinations.My mid-year resolution is to embark in a weekend get-way with under 100USD budget atleast once a month. Let's see If I can make this resolution work;-)


0 # Fatma Makame 2012-08-03 05:39
Welcome Derek... Travel smart!
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0 # Derek Freal 2012-08-02 18:10
Wow, it's amazing the levels some people will go to... thanks for the heads-up
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