- Theft and scams in Nairobi are a nightmare not only for locals but even worse for tourists. In the CBD especially it's very common. This is how to avoid those scams:
- Wear your bag on your front rather than your back. If you have a handbag hold it firmly on your side. It's common for bags to be opened by pickpockets as you walk.
- Avoid congested areas, the likes of Tom Mboya street, River road amd generally downtown Nairobi. Pickpockets are usually in such places. As you struggle to maneuver about in a congested street they take advantage of that and take a few things from you.
- Don't lend your phone to anyone to make calls, it's a very common trick here, they ask for your phone for a few minutes and take off with it the second you aren't watching.
- Don't ask for directions from anyone except security officers.
- Avoid buying any expensive items e.g electronics from street vendors, most of the items here are sold at a cheaper price than the normal and in most cases they are counterfeits.
- Don't allow anyone to help you with your luggage. If you have a lot of stuff to carry you better call a cab.
I've been a victim of all these scams. Don't let the same happen to you!