This was my 1st scam incident and which leave me with a bad impression on my 1st trip to Hanoi. I arrived on 2nd June 2018 in the morning about 9:30 am at Noi Bai International Airport and as we moved out from the arrival hall we saw a man waving to us beside the coach on the pick up point telling us to come aboard as they would transport us to the Old Quarters and was told us the cost is 4 USD or 70k Vietnam Dong per person.
After we had settled into the coach without paying yet, not sure why another of his companion then came into the coach to collect the money from us. As I was removing my wallet and trying to retrieve the correct amount to him, suddenly he told me to give him in small domination only and swiftly picked up my stack of notes from my wallet in a manner whereby the full face of the notes were facing me to avoid any suspicion from me as I would be able to see where the stack of notes went to.
As the Vietnam Dongs I had that time were in 500k Vietnam Dong domination and facing opposite from my line of sight so I did not realized he had magically flicked 1 million Vietnam dongs into his palm before returning back to me. It took less than 30 seconds throughout the process with him repeatedly telling us to give him in small domination only. This kind excuse should be an alert to all of us because by telling us to provide him with small domination is just a tactic from them to divert our attention only.
After that the 1st person who waved us in came on board on the pretext of trying to settle our situation and we gave him 140k Vietnam Dong in the small domination my partner have for the fare without realizing the missing money until we move off from the airport.
I hope this would expose their tricks and be a warning to everyone and try not to let anyone have a chance to pick your money from you.