(Sometimes, taxi drivers are in cahoots with these helpful locals and will purposely drop you off to be received by them.) The local will then offer to take you to a lesser known but infinitely more beautiful sight or to a nice shop.
Generally, the destination is in fact open for business: simply refuse the offer and go and have a look.
Your driver or guide will tell you that the place you're heading to is closed, no good or too expensive and that he knows somewhere better.
While this may be true, it's likely that the 'better' place is giving him a commission for referrals, and his commission is just going to increase your room rate.
In some cases the driver will not drive you to your hotel even if you insist.There are common scams that occur in many places that the traveller should be aware of.These are designed to get your money or business from you under false pretenses.The opposite might in fact take place when arriving by car, especially in places like Rio de Janeiro, where scammers might ask for a fee to "keep your car safe" (a widespread scam in Brazil).While sometimes tourist attractions are in fact closed or under maintenance, scammers will state those are open, and demand a small fee in advance.