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01-14-2018 10:46 AM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
(01-13-2018 12:53 PM)Kona Wrote:  
(01-13-2018 11:51 AM)Henny Wrote:  I would get him to show some Photo ID that matches the name on the Paypal account

There are people who need to "cash out" funds from hijacked Paypal accounts etc

Don't anybody send this guy any money.

He sent me a bunch of private messages. If this guy isn't fake, he has the most serious case of dyslexia and autism mixed with low IQ in the history of humankind. He can't figure out western union for the tenth time.

Also there's the bangkok thread, where in his time of crisis he had the wherewithal to post requesting a meetup. It's a sham .

EDIT: I have alerted the proper authorities. Of this forum. My first report!

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Doing great work Kona.

I am not going to thank you though because you forgot to capitalize Bangkok.

Also, Western Union will not let you wire yourself gratitude.

So you are probably out of luck there too.

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01-14-2018 12:59 PM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
(01-14-2018 10:12 AM)nomadbrah Wrote:  I find it strange that you would come to an online forum in such a situation and not family, friends, embassy in that order.

Don't you have friends or family to call OP?

Personally, I have friends and family to call if I ever find myself in a jam like this.

However, it appears some people take for granted that because they do, everyone else does.
01-14-2018 04:02 PM
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(01-14-2018 04:02 PM)Poseidon Wrote:  
(01-14-2018 10:12 AM)nomadbrah Wrote:  I find it strange that you would come to an online forum in such a situation and not family, friends, embassy in that order.

Don't you have friends or family to call OP?

Personally, I have friends and family to call if I ever find myself in a jam like this.

However, it appears some people take for granted that because they do, everyone else does.

Not at all, there are lots of down and out people in Asia with no one to call, and they should go home, get their life sorted, and not consider how to get to Bangkok, when you're broke with no one to call in Japan.
01-15-2018 06:15 AM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
I lost my card in Thailand but I was going to Australia in five days, so I said send the replacement to my brother's address there. Got down to my last couple of bucks as I went up to the departure desk.

LONG STORY but there was a problem with my visa so they wouldn't let me get on the plane. Vietnam airlines so I convinced them to allow me to fly Bangkok to HCMC and see if there was better news by the time I got there. HCMC there wasn't and they wanted to send me back to Bangkok - end of Australia trip.

I begged off fellow passengers in transit. It was embarrassing. I got publicly rejected but hey its the same with game.. eventually one of the people who publicly said no came up to me and said 'here's 20 US'. Said I'd email him when I got to OZ about repayment. I was supposed to be flying back to Bangkok but blagged my way through customs and went up to the desk insisting they get me on a Sydney plane. They were adamant no. At one stage I flipped at the manager "I've got NO money (technically a $20 lie), my card is in Sydney, what do you want me to do .. stay in Vietnam? .. beg?" The manager looked at me and said 'no sir, you will come back with me tonight and my family will look after you for however long you need to stay." Gulp. "Er no, its okay, you're alright mate, I'll take my chances."
Got a cheap bus to a cheaper hostel. street food.
Next day I got my brother to Western Union me the funds (big drama with Vietnamese officialdom bout that but whatever)
Finally got to Oz, bank sent my card to the wrong country.. emailed the guy, he was surprised but he said forget it, give $20 to someone else in the future. by the time I left my brother and I had fallen out about money - but really just family bullshit. Can't get WU from family anymore.
Got plenty of compensation from the bank on my return.

Long Story Short: Banks will constantly cancel all your cards overseas because they are terrified of internet fraud. Others here are right to have other portable sources of income unrelated to your main bank account. I lived on the streets briefly years ago. Both then and in foreign countries if you can stomach the flak, for every 20 that are hostile, someone will help you === but it pays to have a failsafe as I learned to my cost.
01-15-2018 10:34 AM
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Always have backup cards when you travel. At least two checking accounts, each with a separate debit card, and two credit cards. The main cards should be with no foreign transaction fees (e.g. Charles Schwab checking and Barclaycard Arrivals for US-based guys). For backup cards, it doesn't matter because you are not likely to use them overseas. Don't keep too much money in your main checking account in case the card gets stolen or copied. For example, if you know you'll need to withdraw about $2K during the trip, keep $2.5K. The backup account can be your main account with more money in it, just transfer money from backup to main account if you need more. With Schwab, it takes about 4 days to transfer.

Set travel notifications for all the checking accounts and credit cards before you leave. You can also limit withdrawals if the country you're going to is unsafe, for example Brazil.

Always have a bit of extra cash hidden somewhere just in case.

Keep your backup cards separate from the main cards. For example, main cards in your wallet when you need them and in a safe when you don't. For backup cards, it depends on how safe the country and your hotel/airbnb are. You can hide them somewhere in your luggage or just stash them somewhere and set a reminder to take them before you leave the place.

If you bring random sluts from clubs to your place, especially while drunk, take even more precautions. You are probably reading this and thinking I'm fucking paranoid, but let me tell you, in the last few years sluts in different countries stole my cheap camera, cheap watch and a little bit of cash. Better be safe than sorry. If you bring a slut to your place, wait until she goes to the toilet or a different room and throw your wallet where it's not easy to find: under the mattress, in dirty laundry or one of the drawers behind some other crap. Also hide your expensive stuff before you go out. If the chick seems very sketchy, hide your phone and keys as well.

A couple of years ago I lost my wallet with my main credit and debit cards on a night out while traveling in SEA. Got an Uber back to my place. Luckily I had backup cards in my airbnb. I spent a couple of hours googling banks' customer service numbers and calling the banks to cancel my main cards, but I still had access to backup cards. Calling banks and trying to verify my identity while still drunk at 4am after going to clubs sucked big time, but it could have been much worse if I didn't have backup. Looking back, I shouldn't have taken any cards with me when I went out drinking and clubbing, just a little more cash than I needed for the night.
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01-15-2018 11:06 AM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
A couple of more precautions for travelers:

Not all hotels and airbnbs have safes. Even if they do, in shitty hotels staff may try to open them and steal from you while you are away. It happened to a good friend of mine in Thailand. Look for Pacsafe travel safe on Amazon or just google it and buy directly from their web site. Worth every dollar. It's a bag with wire mesh and metal cables which you can attach to a pipe or a piece of furniture. I've had it for several years and always take it with me when I travel. The lock that comes with it is a bit shit and there is also the risk of losing the key or having somebody steal your key and try to open the safe. Buy a good combination lock and use that instead.

I read some stories on the forum about guys getting scopolamine'd in Colombia, also heard stories about guys having their drinks spiked by sluts. Luckily never had either of these things happen to me. There is little you can do to protect yourself against scopolamine poisoning because somebody can just blow it in your face. However, if you follow all the advice from my previous post, at least you will minimize the potential damage. Regarding chicks spiking drinks, this is much easier to avoid, just don't leave your drink unattended when you are with a random bitch, especially if you are drinking at your place. If you have to leave the room to take a piss, finish the drink before that. If you come back and something seems off, like she already poured another one and seems too eager to make your drink it, don't. Of course, these signs are much easier to detect if you are not too drunk.

Never ever give your full name to any slut or a random acquaintance in a foreign country unless your name is John Smith or even if it is. Be careful with any personal information such as cards and IDs in your wallet or credit card receipts which may have your full name printed in some countries. Be careful with photos which can be reverse image searched so that somebody can identify you. Don't use your real name on facebook and other sites. That way, if the chick is crazy and wants to falsely accuse of of something or tell you she is pregnant even though the baby is not yours, there very little she can do to track you down. You think it never happens? Think again.

Stay safe guys.
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01-15-2018 12:24 PM
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Western Union is the lifeline.

There's a Western Union everywhere in the world and they're open when banks aren't.
01-15-2018 03:23 PM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
(01-15-2018 12:24 PM)Brodiaga Wrote:  Look for Pacsafe travel safe on Amazon or just google it and buy directly from their web site. Worth every dollar. It's a bag with wire mesh and metal cables which you can attach to a pipe or a piece of furniture. I've had it for several years and always take it with me when I travel. The lock that comes with it is a bit shit and there is also the risk of losing the key or having somebody steal your key and try to open the safe. Buy a good combination lock and use that instead.

I second this suggestion. I have used a PacSafe for years. There is always some place to attach it. I once attached it to a sturdy TV ceiling mount and then hid it behind the TV! Since I purchased mine (about five years ago) they have improved their bags by re-engineering both the locking mechanism and the lock.

https://www.pacsafe.com/accessories/portable-safes/

They also make backpacks with the same wire mesh, so that criminals cannot slash your backpack and steal stuff before you notice.

I also use one of their secret belt wallets, where I store a third of my money and half my credit cards. It attaches to the belt -- and it is much less obtrusive than a money belt that is worn around the waist. I keep a third of my cash in this belt wallet, a third in my PacSafe, and a third well-hidden in my room. I once hid $1,500 behind some really wide doorway molding located above a doorway. Just take a look around and think outside the box.

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01-16-2018 01:05 AM
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Japan is a cash country; go there with lots of yen on you and the mindset that your card will not be accepted at most banks and convenience store ATMs. Especially if your card is from some small-time, second-tier country, regardless of whether or not it's VISA, etc.

The only bank in Japan that seems to accept my American debit card is HSBC.
01-16-2018 01:34 AM
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Some ATM cards won't work in most Japanese ATMs. If that happens to you, go to an international bank's ATM like Citibank. It will usually work there.

Also, I know this advice isn't necessary any more for the OP, but if you're ever broke and starving in Tokyo go into a train station department store. There are usually two basement levels. One level is typically a grocery store and the other is a food fair-type set-up. The food fair booths will often have free samples of their wares on display. Cruise around and eat some samples until you're adequately full. Then, hit a different department store for your next meal. You might lose some weight, but you can survive like this for quite awhile from what I understand.
01-16-2018 03:56 PM
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I meant Citibank, not HSBC, correction.
01-16-2018 08:17 PM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
Almost every Japanese ATM in Tokyo now takes American VISA.
It was a huge PITA a decade ago but VISA has made gigantic inroads there now.

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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
Watching Citibank in Shibuya still charge me insane atm and intl transaction fees fir taking out my rent each month was the final straw that moved me to Schwab.

I’ve called Schwab several times from abroad and gotten an American human being instantly to lift freezes put on not by them but visa.

Two cards, a relative as a signer on your back up account, and extra cash in your suitcase at home (euros and dollars) is all you need. To survive a few days or week emergency. The relative can go into the branch and fedex you a new card. Plus wire you cash. I’ve never needed that because I had a backup card though.

And again your pasmo/suica is like a mini-debit account that should always be charged with $50-100 for transport and sundries. Same for octopus card in HK. I don’t even take it out to use it because my wallet has a clear plastic window.

I’ve dropped my wallet in Japan and had someone run after me to give it back. In the event you are truly stranded the Japanese people and police are super helpful. Jgirls will also help you and fuck you.
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01-18-2018 03:29 AM
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OP never chcked in? Maybe he couldn't handle Japan.

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01-18-2018 10:14 PM
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RE: Tokyo emergency my ATM card broke no cash
Joined 2014, 39 posts, half of em in his own thread.

Had this guy bothered to be a part of this forum, he would have read the datasheets, had a few smart, sensible conversations about his upcoming trip, and would probably have enough rep points to have someone hit him up for a meetup or on arrival or maybe even help him with a couple bucks if he ever had need for them.

But, thing being the way they are, do anyone here really feels sorry for this guy?

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Im surprised the guy wasn't banned to be honest. Coming here begging for money.
01-19-2018 01:46 AM
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I have no doubt that this guy considers himself an "experienced traveler" despite going to a completely different country with fewer financial options than I have in my pockets when I leave my home every day.

It never ceases to amazing the level of delusion people are willing to engage in to convince themselves that they are not below average.

There was a forum member that rarely posted, but lived here in Beijing for a year. In his first PM to me he told me that he had pretty good game. Guess how many times he got laid the ENTIRE year he was in Beijing? Three times.

"On Thursday I suspect some overweight girl at the club I was grinding on pick pocketed me for my phone to make sure I stayed with her for the duration of the night."

"I'm guilty of this and have actually went really deep and revealed my deepest darkest dark triad type thoughts to a girl."

"I had this weird realization that my game may have been so tight that the chick stole my phone to get my number without her boyfriend knowing..."

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01-19-2018 03:12 AM
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