The U.S. Embassy is aware of a scam involving good Samaritans offering to help drivers and passengers of disabled vehicles. The scam involves someone tampering with a vehicle in advance, such as deflating its tire(s). When the driver attempts to make the repair, a nearby “good Samaritan” offers assistance. While the driver is distracted, another individual steals property from inside the car.
The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to be aware of your location at all times while driving in The Bahamas, maintain a general awareness of the condition of your car and tires, and to contact local police to report if you fall victim to this theft scam.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bahamas Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas, located at 42 Queen Street (across from the British Colonial Hilton Hotel), Nassau; telephone: 242-322-1181; ACS unit fax: 242-356-7174; e-mail: ACSNASSAU@state.gov; web page: https://bs.usembassy.gov. The Turks & Caicos Consular Agency is located at 2 Ventura Ct., Grace Bay Suite 102E, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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