Scam City is a show which started airing on Travel + Escape in June 2012 which crosses the globe visiting ten of the world’s most popular cities in an effort to expose the darker side of tourism. The host, Conor Woodman, meets with questionable characters ranging from unethical cab drivers to aggressive pimps as he witnesses and experiences the travel experience of parting with personal property and money. He intentionally falls victim to these alleged scammers and says "yes" to every hooker and pocket jeweler in the city, giving up substantial quantities of cash in the process. The show aims to expose the local adaptations of common scams - from pick pockets, expensive cab fares, to bars luring people in with adult entertainment at a high cost. Scam City has also been aired on the National Geographic Channel. In Australia, Scam City is shown on subscription TV channel Nat Geo Adventure, which airs on channel 628 on the Foxtel network.
Where to Watch Scam City
Below you'll find every episode from all 2 season of Scam City.
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Season 1Netflix | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Oct 18, 2012
Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is a fast moving city bringing in around 10 million tourists annually. But like the Tango with its themes of deception and trickery of love, Conor Woodman discovers that many visitors leave Buenos Aires with broken hearts, after being scammed by pickpockets, con-artists, and grafters. Conor sets out to discover that the most common scams involving tourists are pick pocketing, clip joints, vice girls, taxi scams and hotel scams. But prevalent throughout the whole of the city and running out of control is Buenos Aries’ problem with counterfeit money…
S01 E02Oct 25, 2012
Prague As day turns to night, Prague’s scammers emerge readying themselves for the scores of tourists enjoying the cities nightlife and who are completely unaware they’ve been marked by those who disguise themselves as beautiful girls, harmless hawkers and friendly taxi drivers.
S01 E03Nov 1, 2012
Rio De Janeiro Conor Woodman is in Rio, one of the sexiest cities in the world and never more so than at Carnival time. Millions of tourists descend on the city for the biggest party on the planet. And with so many tourists out reveling on the streets it’s party time for Rio’s scammers too.
S01 E04Nov 8, 2012
Barcelona Conor Woodman visits the pick-pocket capital Barcelona, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whether it’s a day at the beach or an evening at the football or just a walk down the Ramblas enjoying the night life, this city has so much to offer. But look out this town has a darker secret, it’s home to one of the most skilled set and creative con men and thieves in the world; they’ll take your money off you day or night. Conor sets out to see exactly who these people are, how they operate and who knows he may even become part of the gang.
S01 E05Nov 15, 2012
Rome Conor Woodman is in Rome, on a mission to uncover the gritty underworld that crawls under the thriving tourist scene of the Eternal City. At the Coliseum, he finds rogue Centurions who threaten tourists and unsheathe their swords to fight over territory. Right under the dome of St Peter’s, he discovers tourist agencies that employ muscle to scare competitors off their streets and conquer contested corners. There is a turf war underway in Rome, in which tourists have become the spectators and the prize.
S01 E06Nov 22, 2012
Delhi Nobody can call themselves a true world traveller until they’ve survived Delhi. For backpackers going to Delhi is like a rite of passage. But ask anyone and they’ll tell you, before you can find yourself, first you have to lose yourself... just be sure to watch out for all those quack doctors who will prescribe you anything and everything in order to line their pockets with your cash. With the help of secret cameras the crew follow Conor’s every move while he and George the fixer try to unearth some of the deadly scams that Delhi has to offer.
S01 E07Nov 29, 2012
Istanbul Istanbul is a city that offers a different face depending upon the areas you visit, and whether you do it during the day or at night. This exotic blend can be both fascinating and disorienting - a perfect environment for the skillful scammer to target vulnerable tourists. But in a clever feat of his own, Conor Woodman turns the tables on a scammer, and convinces him to become an operative for the film. In rare and revealing scenes, we experience first-hand the clever techniques that this con man uses to fleece his tourist victims. It turns out to be a punishing workout for Conor, but the reward is worth the effort in the end.
S02 E01Oct 29, 2013
New Orleans In New Orleans Conor becomes victim to culturally bespoke scams unique to this city. He starts by experiencing street level scammers …the small fry that feed off the Mardi Gras Street Carnival.
S02 E02Nov 5, 2013
Mexico City Conor Woodman discovers the paradox that is Mexico City. From the moment he takes a taxi from the airport he is on a mission to find out about the kidnapping scam of the city’s taxis.
S02 E03Nov 12, 2013
New York Conor Woodman immerses himself in the Big Apple and find outs that Zero Tolerance hasn’t swept tourist scams from the streets. He’s taken for a ride by unlicensed pedi-cab touts in Central Park, discovers where pickpockets ply their trade now they’ve been shifted from Time Square, and falls into a huge and dangerous counterfeit perfume scam.
S02 E04Nov 19, 2013
Jerusalem Conor Woodman discovers the holy city of Jerusalem, where scam artists have been perfecting their craft for thousands of years. From fake holy men at the Western Wall, to pickpockets on the Mount of Olives, Conor uncovers the dark truth about the sacred sites of the holy city. In the city’s souvenir markets and upscale antiquities shops, artifacts from Jesus’ time are being sold to tourists eager to bring home a piece of the holy land. Fakes abound, and unscrupulous shop owners will say anything to make a sale. It’s ‘buyer beware’ in the holy city - where being a believer can be a pricey affair.
S02 E05Nov 26, 2013
Mumbai In Mumbai Conor Woodman experiences the mother of all taxi scams minutes after his arrival from the airport. After a gruelling experience at the hands of a relentless scamster claiming to be a travel agent, Conor is then approached by a woman who says she can make him a Bollywood star.
S02 E06Dec 3, 2013
Amsterdam As daylight fades, the scammers emerge from the shadows readying themselves for a nights work in one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam. Conor meets the city's hustlers, pickpockets, fake police and ATM skimming gangs.