Our trip to Costa Rica was pretty uneventful. We went to visit family in Rio Claro and it is not one of the most exciting places in Costa Rica to visit. The only real eventful moment was eating in El Parqueo Bar Y Restaurante.
We stopped in to get a couple ice cream sundaes and when we went to pay we gave a 10,000 Colon bill + coins. When the change came, it was change for a 5,000 Colon. We told the waitress that we had given a 10,000 and she went back to the cashier and returned with a 5,000 and coins saying that was what the casher said he was given.
We knew different because we only had bills of 10,000 and this was just the old scam of giving change for a smaller bill. It is not all that unusual for a gringo to receive this sort of treatment, but it is still unfortunate that businesses feel they need to lie and steal to make ends meet.
Since they obviously need publicity, I decided to give them some. If you happen to be in Rio Claro and need to eat, my recommendation is to tell the waitress, when you give them the payment, the denomination of the money you are giving them. That will discourage thievery by the cashier and or waitress. At the current exchange rate of 581 colons per dollar, 5,000 colons comes out to be about $8.60.
The following scam notice was posted on the Gringos of David Yahoo site. Apparently La Prensa announced that work was available to work on a cruise line. The scam operation was running out of Costa Rica. The 506 phone number, listed below, was a cell number. The story of the scam follows. Continue reading Cruise Employment Scam
Yesterday after activating a new number for a Movistar account, a call was received. The call came in about 1 hour after the number was activated. I don’t know if that was by chance or by design.
The individual calling said he was a representative of Movistar. He said there was a promotion going on and if I would buy two $15 cards and call him and give him the card activation numbers, that the account would get credit for $50.
The next part of the scam was that I was to watch the TV, at a certain time and if my cell number appeared, I would win $5,000 and a new car.
The way the scam works is that as you give the activation numbers to him over the phone, he is putting them into another cell phone. When you hang up, and try to use the cards, you find that they will not work.
We were at a restaurant at the time and a couple at another table heard the conversation and said that they knew of a couple people that had been victim of this scam.