Scams

Italy: Pickpocket Scams in Venice

POSTED March 20th 2018 BY Beth Williams
Venice is another great “don’t miss” city in Italy, but it’s also where pickpockets prey on tourists. Like tourists, pickpockets love Venice, too. Pickpocket Scams Are A Part of Venice Italy The following are the most common locations where tourists fall victim to thieves, scams, and pickpockets. Piazza di San Marco, Academia Museum, the Rialto Bridge, and smaller crowded bridges. (The common factor here is crowds.)...
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Deaf Mute and Fake Petition Scams in Europe

POSTED May 27th 2017 BY Beth Williams
Tourist Scams in Europe Include “Deaf Mute” People with Petitions  Thieves and scammers make a living preying on the kind hearts and naivete of tourists.  Familiarize yourself with these scams and save your money. The Deaf Mute Scam and the Fake Petition Scam typically involves women or young girls as the scammers. Some are pregnant, but on occasion young boys may also use this scam. Women...
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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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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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Train Scams and Pickpockets – What to watch out for

POSTED August 3rd 2014 BY Beth Williams
The following are few security tips to help protect your valuables when you travel trains in Europe.  These tips were sought out from train police officers, train conductors and tour operators who operate or work in and around passenger train/subway systems throughout Europe.  One thing to point out – thieves and scammers like to look for tourists at train stations and on trains themselves for...
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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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Euro Coin Scam – Check Your Change so You Don’t End up with Worthless Coins!

POSTED July 4th 2010 BY Beth Williams
Even since the Euro came into circulation in 2001, 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 transaction where Euro coins are given back as change.  If you do not pay attention to the coins you are given back as change, you may see that...
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Common Scams To Watch Out For When Traveling

POSTED April 12th 2010 BY Beth Williams
Tourists have been the targets of scam for as long as anyone can remember. What’s interesting is that many of these scams used over 100 years ago are still as popular today – they are just updated a little bit to fit today’s times. Here is a list of the most common travel scams that you should be aware of before traveling overseas.  Travel Scam...
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