Bogus Police

The most notable of Iran's mercifully few organised scams is the bogus police sting. The good news is that a concerted effort by police, particularly in Tehran and Esfahan, has largely ended the problem. Still, it pays to be aware... The usual procedure is for men in plain clothes and an unmarked car to pull up beside you, say 'police' and ask to see your passport or for you to hand over your bag/camera. The usual motive is theft of passports, cameras or money. The best advice it to ignore the 'policemen' and they'll probably leave. If they are real police they will take you to the station or your hotel, otherwise they will eventually disappear. Never hand over your passport or anything else to un-uniformed officers until you are at one of these places.

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