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Old 12-12-2016   #1 (permalink)
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Mordida -- anyone been scammed lately?

Just wondering if anyone has been scammed lately by the cops in the region (or know of anyone who has)? My in-law's will be down in Playa in January/February, and then we are meeting them and driving to Merida/Progreso for a couple of weeks on February 5.

Although much further south, looks like the cops at Felipe Carrillo Puerto are at it again in full force from what I've just read online in an Xcalak group. A number of people have been pulled over (allegedly without cause) and had the shake down, some have even been forced to have their luggage searched when they said they had no money, and one account is saying there was a weapon pulled. I've heard of other cases near Cancun airport, but nothing quite as serious. Many people feel too intimidated to do anything other than pay. It's really too bad. Luckily we didn't run into any cops at all in April when we were down.

A number of hotel owners are encouraging their guests to use the toll road around FCP to avoid this (it's open now), and some have contacted their embassy's which are encouraging tourists to file reports (but it has to be done before they leave Mexico I think). And as always, they tell people to ask for the ticket, never pay the bribe, try to get their name, etc. A few are saying try to get a photo/video or use a dash cam, which seems to detour them a bit...

Anyways, just wondering if this has been picking up in the area, or is the same, or less than usual? Don't want to cause any undue alarm if it's not been an issue...but sure want to be prepared. Thanks.

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The only problem I have heard of is the checkpoint by the airport that you mentioned. I've driven through there a lot and never had a problem but my car has Estado de México license plates. Not sure if that helps (not a rental). I haven't heard any problems at the checkpoints entering Solidaridad or Tulum.

On a similar note but different state, I had a very intimidating run in with the state police while, coincidentally, in Estado de México. I was driving a rental car. Those guys make Quintana Roo cops look like amateurs when it comes to initimadation and literal highway robbery.
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We only rented a car on two of our vacations. On one we went to Tulum, on another to Mahahual and Xcalak

We have owned a car here for close three years. We have State of Yucatan plates on it.

We have never, ever been asked for a bribe.
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If you do get stopped speak nothing but english even if you do speak spanish. They get bored fast.
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Since you're aware of la mordida, and that it's a scam, don't participate. Simple.

People that do, and pay the extortion are part of the problem by perpetuating it. You can't be scammed unless you allow yourself to be scammed.
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Although much further south, looks like the cops at Felipe Carrillo Puerto are at it again in full force from what I've just read online in an Xcalak group. A number of people have been pulled over (allegedly without cause) and had the shake down, some have even been forced to have their luggage searched when they said they had no money, and one account is saying there was a weapon pulled.

A number of hotel owners are encouraging their guests to use the toll road around FCP to avoid this (it's open now), and some have contacted their embassy's which are encouraging tourists to file reports (but it has to be done before they leave Mexico I think).
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We just came back, and drove to Mahahual for a few days at the end of our trip. We took the cuota around FCP on the way down, and messed up and got off too soon on the way back and drove right through FCP, which we'd never done before (we used to take the bypass).
We read about the cops as well, upon our return. We've never run into any problems driving down there.
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Can you give link to the Xcalak Group you referenced. The one I was using is no longer available.
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If you do get stopped speak nothing but english even if you do speak spanish. They get bored fast.
I always speak Spanish. I speak it pretty well.

Seems to work.
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Can you give link to the Xcalak Group you referenced. The one I was using is no longer available.
It was the Xcalak Times facebook page. Friends of ours who own a hotel there had posted about a number of guests getting caught recently, then others chimed in with their experiences.

I'm glad to hear there doesn't seem to be much of it in Yucatán state as that's where we're headed soon, but we didn't have any issues in Xcalak last time anyways. I feel like I'm prepared for to ask for the ticket and not be intimidated...i hope!
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Thanks Leanne - We don't do Facebook (Yeah I know). We are the ones from Colorado that own the 3 lots just south of Sin Duda. Did not go down this year - pay our taxes on line and had our attorney pay our Federal Zone for 2016 - hope to make it down in 2017.
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I always speak Spanish. I speak it pretty well.

Seems to work.
Whatever works...I don't even show my Mexican license anymore. Not that it's an everyday occurrence.....only a couple of times in 5+ years.
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Whatever works...I don't even show my Mexican license anymore. Not that it's an everyday occurrence.....only a couple of times in 5+ years.
I do not even have a Mexican license yet. My Oregon one expires in a year
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I do not even have a Mexican license yet. My Oregon one expires in a year

I keep up my MN license......geting the Mexican one was easy.... just had to pass the parallel parking test.
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