France

Paris Pickpockets – How To Recognize and Avoid Them

POSTED April 9th 2017 BY Beth Williams
With over 2.2 million city residents and millions of tourists, it is easy to see how this crowded city can make a petty thief rich. The US Embassy reports that major sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Champs-Elysées are prime hunting grounds for Paris pickpockets who work near tourist attractions. Additional areas where travelers need to be vigilant of pickpocket scams in...
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France – How To Avoid Paris Metro Pickpockets

POSTED January 30th 2017 BY Beth Williams
Don’t Fall for Pickpocket Scams in Paris while using the Paris Metro or Trains Paris is the city of light, fashion, artistic expression and love. Paris was also rated in a TripAdvisor.com survey as one of the top ten cities in the world for pickpockets. Tourists visiting Paris are targeted by a variety of thieves, which can be can be any gender, race, or age, however,...
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France: Found-Lost Gold Ring Scam in Paris – Video

POSTED August 3rd 2016 BY Beth Williams
Beware of the Lost-Found Gold Ring Scam The “lost ring” scam is one of the oldest and most famous of the tourist scams in Paris, as well as all across Europe.   There are several versions of this scam and is dependent of the scammer. How the Scam Works In essence the “lost ring” or “found ring” scam, which is based on the simple act of distraction. ...
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France – Pickpocket and Scam Activity at the Eiffel Tower

POSTED June 27th 2016 BY Beth Williams
Many tourists visit the surrounding area of the Eiffel Tower at night to see it lit up with strobe lights and enjoy the tower’s nighttime ambiance.  Another good reason to visit the tower late in the evening is that there are smaller crowds and shorter lines which make the ascent more pleasant. In case you were unaware, the entire Eiffel tower is cloaked in the...
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Paris – Fake Petition Scam – Watch Video and Learn From A Victim

POSTED October 29th 2015 BY Beth Williams
Be Careful in Paris and Don’t Fall for the – Fake Petitioner Scam The fake petition scam has been going on in France, Italy, and Spain for years because it is so successful. It’s a scam many first time visitors fall for because it starts out as what appears to be a legitimate conversation with a friendly local. You should avoid like the plague. You...
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France – Watch Out for the Infamous Paris String or Friendship Bracelet Scam

POSTED June 23rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
A Famous Tourist Scam in Paris, France This is a very popular scam in Paris (as well as other tourist cities in France and Italy).  It is known by several names such as the “String Scam or the “Friendship Bracelet Scam” or the “Paris String Scam.” Where the String Scam Occurs One of the most common Paris locations where you’ll find the Friendship Bracelet Scam practiced...
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France – Favorite Pickpocket Scams

POSTED June 5th 2014 BY Beth Williams
France is known for romance, decadent wines, crusty baguettes and cheeses aged to perfection. France is also famous for its pocket thieves and swindlers. Petty crime, bag snatching and pickpocketing present a common annoyance for travelers throughout the country, but mainly in larger cities such as Paris, Marseilles, Nice and Strasbourg. Key targets for lone and gangs of thieves include public transportation, hotel lobbies, tourist attractions...
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France – Video of Pickpockets on Paris Metro

POSTED August 20th 2011 BY Beth Williams
The below video was shot on the metro in Paris.   Watch the group of young girls so you so see how they travel in packs for quick visual identification.  Typically they will be in groups of three – but could be more or less. Pickpockets have always been a problem in and around Metro stations.  Travelers should always be extra alert at these locations, especially...
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