Summer of Scam: Beware of Card Cloning

One day in December, Michael Sommers logged on to his Citibank account and was shocked to discover that he had $3 in his checking account and $9 in his savings account. His heart racing, he checked his account activity and saw that there had been six withdrawals, over two days, from a Banco do Brasil, during which all of his money had been extracted. And then it hit him: his card had been cloned.

Helpful Advice from the “Pickpocket King”

Given such desperate times, skillful pickpockets can come in all shapes and sizes, from small, nimble children to beautiful, distracting women. So, whether you’re embarking on a business trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a solo escape, or an excursion with friends, check out these vital tips from a pickpocketing expert.

Will That Be Cash or Capivaris?

Most foreigners who travel to Brazil are aware that the country’s currency is the mighty ‘real’ (which, tourists will be glad to know, has recently lost some value against the U.S. dollar). Few, however, suspect that there are presently over 60 legal currencies in circulation throughout the country.

The World’s Most Overvalued Currency

Since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar, and many things (bus fare, beer, life in general) in Brazil are slowly, but surely, getting more expensive.

The World’s Most Overvalued Currency

Since 2003, the value of Brazilian real has increased 122 percent against the once mighty dollar. As a result, many things (bus fare, beer, life in general) are slowly, but surely, getting more expensive.