Thieves posing as at Dar Bus Station
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2013 8:50 AM Last Post By: justok
Sep 12, 2013 12:45 AM
Thieves posing as at Dar Bus StationPlease, please - be very careful when booking and finding taxis at Dar bus stations and probably Zanzibar dockside and the airport as well.
Three girls just arrived on the bus from Kampala got in a taxi and then were driven to a deserted place and told to hand over their cash cameras etc. Sensibly they did as they were told, and were unhurt and did not lose their passports or ATM cards and were left with a phone as well.
Suggestion, ask at information desks for a KNOWN taxi driver, and probably wise to only allow the driver in the car and no other local passengers.
Sep 15, 2013 5:58 AM
1This exact same thing happened to friends of mine about a year ago. The police caught the guys within 12 hours and said that they usually know who the culprits are. My friends did say it was partly their fault as they had just got off a long bus from Malawi and were tired so didnt pay too much attention to what car they were getting into, just heard someone say taxi and went for it. Its always best to ask at one of the offices if you aren't sure.
Sep 17, 2013 4:56 AM
2I feel very sorry but also have to say, that this is so well known not only in this forum, but also on different websites and in internet, that people, who fall victim of this taxi thieves can only be those, who think they know everything and have not to look for reliable information. Sorry, but this is what I think.
Sep 25, 2013 5:31 AM
3Sad to hear this. Was alarmed at reports before arriving in Dar, although airport, city and ferry area all far more laid back than reports suggest and very little hassle. At airport seems there are "official drivers", no bus (unless you walk out in serach of a dalla-dalla), so more or less have to take taxi.
Was lucky to find an excellent driver with a very good vehicle - used him three - four times, always punctual, a little cheaper than the touts and could be contacted via text message: Mr. Maneno +255753931437. Perhaps the more reliable drivers' numbers are passed on, less risk they'll be of more incidents like those doing the rounds.
Oct 4, 2013 8:50 AM
4Same thing has just happened to my cousin- they were driven to a quiet place, 2 other guys got in. They took all their money, phones, cameras.They took them to a cash machine and made them withdraw their daily allowance- together they lost about 6000 dollars. They were 2 girls catching a taxi from.Dar es Dalam to catch a bus to arusha. Luckily nothing happened to them, they let.them go. Be careful!
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