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Portugal – Pickpockets in Lisbon Love to Target Travelers who Ride Tram 15 and 28

POSTED July 10th 2010 BY Beth Williams
Lisbon is a beautiful city to visit when visiting Portugal, however, it is also a location where pickpockets love to target tourists. One location you should be aware of is what is called Tram 28. Here are a few videos to show how some pickpockets target travelers who ride this tram. Although Lisbon is generally quite safe when compared to other major European cities the...
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Always lock your car doors when filling up at gas stations

POSTED July 6th 2010 BY Beth Williams
Watch this video to see why it is important to lock your car doors when filling up at gas stations. Always lock your car doors when filling up at gas stations was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by Beth Williams
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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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Options For Traveling with Cash on Vacation

POSTED June 8th 2010 BY Beth Williams
When you go on vacation there is always so much to do to prepare for the relaxing time ahead. You need to pack and figure out what you will need, make prior arrangements for pet care, day care and plant watering. You will also need to get together all your official documents and one very important if not crucial thing you need to think about...
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France – Paris Pickpocket Video

POSTED May 6th 2010 BY Beth Williams
The below video shows very young female pickpockets.  Notice when they see they are being filmed, they cover their faces.  Also, watch when the go to get onto the metro train car, the fellow passengers will not let them come in.  They can tell they are pickpockets and do not want them in their car.  Keep an eye out for groups of young girls or...
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Italy – “Scippatori” Bandits on Scooters Rip Purses off of Pedestrians

POSTED May 2nd 2010 BY Beth Williams
Scippatori ( Italian for scooter bandits) are not common in the United States. They are more common in Italy, particularly Naples. “Scippatori,” are thieves who drive speeding scooters down busy narrow streets looking for tourists carrying purses or travel bags while walking close to the street.  If the Scippatori finds a victim, they drive as close to the sidewalk as possible so they can yank the bag off the arm or...
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