Below follows a list of scams reported by travelers: dodgy ‘friends’, scammy tour operators, scummy hostel owners and officials with sticky fingers. Have a look at the travel advice of your foreign ministry, they are likely to have some good general tips to stay safe during your travel. Here we deal with specifics.
Encountered mischief? Sorry to hear it. Please submit a scam report on the forum to warn future travelers.
Police are dangerous everywhere, but they are specifically on the prowl for foreigners in Bishkek and Osh. Keep a low profile. If they find you, cry for help, don’t take too much money with you, don’t give them your documents.
Fake (former) police men patrol the Osh bazaar in Bishkek and try to rob you. Osh bazaar in general is a magnet for pickpockets and other small criminals.
Police in Dushanbe is known to hustle; especially Indians and Japanese are targeted.
Watch out when exchanging money on the black market.
Iranianvisa.com is not a good place to get your authorisation number following many reports of bad to no service (for instance here).