France - Montmartre - Amazing Views but Beware of Pickpockets / Scam Artists!
Montmartre - Amazing Views but Beware of Pickpockets and Scam Artists!
Many travelers who visit Paris will probably take some time out to visit Montmartre as it is one of the best places in Paris that will provide you with an absolutely amazing views of Paris – of course, other than the Eiffel Tower!
Just keep in mind that like other know locations in the world where tourist flock, so do pickpockets and other scam artists. The main area that tourists should be aware of are the steps that one must climb to reach the top of Montmartre. Scam artists have been positioning themselves along these steps for years – specifically targeting unknowing tourists.
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 beginning of the attraction, as you enter towards the steps.
Once you enter the location and begin your walk up the steps, you will see dozens of guys there that practice sneaky/deceptive sales practice trying to sell you little colorful thread bracelets. They will aggressively approach you and simply ask you to hold your index finger out. Then they will loop a thread around your finger then proceed to create a 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 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 the watch the trick!