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Euro Coin Scam - Make sure to check your change so you don't end up with worthless coins!

Even since the Euro came into play in Italy (2001), many travelers have been falling victim to an age old coin scam - switching currency coins with those that look very similar, but are worthless.

The Scam usually involves a transactin where you are given Euro coins back as change.  If you do not pay attention to the coins you are given back in change, you may see that instead of getting (4) 2 Euro dollar coins back in change, one or two of them may look just like Euro coins, but upon closer inspection you may find that a few of the coins look very close, but are actully not Euros' but wortheless 500 Lira coins (the old Italian currency in existence prior to the Euro, but is now worthless) or the Turkish Lira - alos very siminlar looking.

Many times hard for tourists to quickly recognize, especially at night, in dark rooms such as bars and lounges, but much more prevelant when dealing with street vendors, taxi drivers, or others who find that switching coins with unknowing tourists is an easy way to make a few extra dollars - or in reality, Euros!.

The coins each share the same size and design (silver outer ring with inlaid copper middle) as the new €2 coin.  So whenever you receive a change that has a coin the size of €2 ALWAYS verify that it is actually €2 before taking it. Make sure that you can see €2 value displayed on one side of the coin ! Europeans never touch a coin the size of a €2 without verifying that they don't fall for this scam.

Study the photos below so you don't fall victim the the Euro Coin Scam!


The below is a set of Euro coins so you can become familiar with them

Practice identifying the various denominations (coins and notes), and making change. Know that fumbling with change invites people to "help" you (and themselves); it also draws attention to your tourist status.

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