Real Estate Fraud: The Taxi Driver
July 20, 2017
January 26, 2023
Transportation is considered a focal point when moving to a new country, as there are many options in front of you, and each option has its benefits and disadvantages. In this article, we will talk about transportation in Turkey in general, and then about the methods of fraud that may occur by some taxi drivers in Turkey in particular. This article is brought to you by Turkey Dream Apartment - Kamiran, within a series of real estate fraud articles that seek to uncover fraud cases that you may encounter in Turkey and how to avoid these cases.
If you are one of those who like to live the daily rituals of the city and try to use public transportation, there are many means of transportation that you can try in Turkey, the most important of which are the metro, public buses, and others. However, in order to use public transportation, you must first obtain a city transportation card in which you are located.
How to obtain a public transportation card in Turkey?
Go to the card filling machine, which is located in all metro stations and some major bus stations.
- You can select the language that suits you as a display language for the screen, for example, English, if you are not fluent in Turkish.
When you click on machine settings, several options appear, from which you can choose to get a new card.
-The cost of this card is around 60 Turkish liras as of January 2023, which is equivalent to about three dollars.
-You can recharge the card at any of the available charging machines as we mentioned.
- Each use of the card deducts 9.90 Turkish Liras in regular transportation at the time of writing the article, but when using the metro line connecting the Asian and European parts, the discount value is higher.
However, some prefer to use taxis for transportation because they provide higher privacy and greater comfort, but you should pay attention to the following points:
Once you arrive in Turkey and leave the airport directly, it is preferable to go to the exchange offices to change the currency and get the Turkish lira. It is important to note that you have different denominations of currency, especially from the most traded denominations, such as 10 and 20 Turkish Liras.
Pay attention to the value of the meter, which estimates the amount to be paid according to the distance traveled, as the meter is supposed to start calculating the fare starting from 12.65 TL
However, some drivers who defraud their customers change the initial value of the meter, so the count starts from twenty Turkish Liras, for example, and so on.
- It is very important to turn on the map on your phone to know the direct route to the place you want to reach, as some drivers take circuitous roads and change the destination in order to increase the fare, but if you are aware of the movement of the car on the map, you can immediately alert and inform the driver that he is going the wrong way.
-Some drivers, especially when the fraud they practice is exposed, creates a problem or goes into a fit of anger. If a dispute occurs with the driver, you only need to stop at the nearest patrol or police station, which in turn undertakes the task of providing an interpreter to clarify the dispute and the point of view of all parties.
How can a taxi driver contribute to real estate fraud?
You may be wondering what does all this have to do with real estate fraud, and how can a taxi driver influence investors' decisions?
Some investors who come to Turkey with the aim of buying real estate use taxis to carry out their real estate tours, so they rent tourist cars with a driver, then this driver starts real estate marketing for a specific project or defamation in another project and gives false information, but it may affect the investor's decision.
What we recommend to you in Kamiran Company is to be careful and to know that real estate marketing is an integrated science and a broad field that has its own tools and specialized authorities. Therefore, if you want to obtain objective advice and honest information about real estate projects, you should contact the specialists and concerned companies with experience in the Turkish real estate market.