How I did not get scammed!

Oh my… I still can’t believe it. There are actually good people in this world. Or the bad guys aren’t as smart as I feared. Either way, I thought I fell victim to a super sophisticated social engineering attack. But I didn’t! Let me explain…

I arrived at Xi’an train station this morning on the night train from Beijing. The hostel offered to pick me up for free, which of course I couldn’t refuse. So as promised three people were waiting for me with a sign that had my name on it.

Such a sign is crucial, because of course dozens of people will greet you with “Hello my friend, do you need taxi / hotel”. My name is not very common, so I don’t have to worry about the kind of folks who hold up a “Mr Smith” sign every day waiting to catch one.  So far so good.