France

Paris – Fake Petition Scam – Watch Video and Learn From A Victim

POSTED October 29th 2019 BY Beth Williams
In Paris Don’t Fall for the – Fake Petition 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 will usually find con-artists with clipboards at many of...
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France: Found-Lost Gold Ring Scam in Paris – Videos

POSTED August 3rd 2019 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, France and has now spread all across Europe where many tourists gather. There are several versions of this scam and its delivery is dependent on the scam artist or thief presenting the scam. One common thread is that always the...
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Pickpocket and Scam Activity at the Eiffel Tower, Paris

POSTED June 27th 2019 BY Beth Williams
Tourists love to visit the Eiffel tower at night and hence there are pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower at night too. 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. The benefit of visiting the tower late in the evening is that there are smaller crowds and shorter...
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What to Pack for Europe to Minimize Looking Like a Tourist

POSTED June 1st 2019 BY Travel Writer
Leave These Fashions for Home, Not Europe Leave clothes that scream tourist at home because they call attention to you, which can be unflattering and even dangerous in Europe. Tourists are typically the target of pickpockets, thieves and scam artists, so why broadcast that you could be a potential victim. It’s better to blend in more with the locals, even if you still look like...
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France – Watch Out for the Infamous Paris String or Friendship Bracelet Scam

POSTED June 23rd 2018 BY Beth Williams
A Famous Tourist Scam in Paris, France The Paris string scam in and around Paris (as well as other tourist cities in France and Italy) is also known as the  “Friendship Bracelet Scam” or the “French String Scam.” It’s a popular game or gift to engage you and distract you while an accomplice picks your pockets or bags or to bully you into giving a...
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Paris Pickpockets – How To Recognize and Avoid Them

POSTED April 9th 2018 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 – 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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