France – Montmartre – Amazing Views but Beware of Pickpockets / Scam Artists!

Montmartre – Amazing Views but Beware of Pickpockets and Scam Artists!

Most travelers who visit Paris will probably visit Montmartre as it is one of the best places in Paris with absolutely amazing views of Paris – of course, other than the Eiffel Tower! Just keep in mind that where tourist flock, so do pickpockets and other scam artists.   The main area scam artists have been positioning themselves along  are the steps that you must climb to reach the top of Montmartre. These individuals will try to sell you a variety of items, including trying to pull the old Paris String Scam on you at the very lower portion of the steps. Once you begin your walk up the steps, you will see dozens of guys there trying to sell you little colorful thread bracelets. They will aggressively approach you and simply ask you to hold your index finger out or wrist. Then they will loop a thread around your finger or wrist to create a ring or bracelet. When you tell them you are not interested, they repeatedly tell you there is no cost, they will represent themselves as somehow associated with the church. Once they complete the bracelet, they will guilt and pressure you into paying for it, and will use the line that it is a donation for the church. You will be lucky if you are only taken for a few coins in this scam, but many travelers have reported that during the time when they made the mistake of holding out their finger for the string to be tied around their finger, a few other guys came around and appeared to be ‘watching’ the trick.  When the trick is done, and you end up being pressured into giving the guy a few coins from your pocket…travelers have reported that their wallet was gone…obviously taken by one other men who crowded around to  watch the trick!