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Tourist Scams

Know the game

Tourists are targeted by scam and rip-off artists everywhere in Europe. If you know the games (spilling the mustard, bus 64 in Rome, and so on), you're less likely to be a victim. By sharing the latest scams (and learning from each others' mistakes) we'll all travel more safely.

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Renters Beware -- VRBO Coronavirus Refund Policy is Toothless
Andy 9
Has anyone had problems with RideCabs.com
daybee71nfun 9
Booking.com imposing unreasonable cancellation fee - Coronavirus
AussieNomad 20
Fascinating article on Airbnb properties ( also VRBO, etc.) in London
Lola 16
Attempted theft in Madrid
steve 9
Another Paris scam - "Bird Poop"
nanvan 8
What HomeAway/VRBO Doesn't Tell You About Not Refunding Your Money
Lindy 36
Cancellation refund if tour company cancels trip
gr8katz 16
Rome tour guides
hlbrechin 5
What is the meaning of Prague (Praha)?
kb1942 11
Parking tickets.... in Edmonds! oh the horror of it all
joe32F 18
CC info intercepted when booking hotel by email
BillP 14
Front of the Line Tour tickets
tcbhouse 4
How to prevent my phone from getting stolen
SmittyATL 34
Railroad Station in Prague
Steve 7
1 looks like a 7
rrruuunnn 19
Begpacking - when tourists compete begging with the poorest people
MarkK 42
Viagogo Ticket Scam (Oberammergau and other events)
Anna 2
Do you know the artist David Schor?
sherryjb 12
The dishonest official Paris taxi drivers
Pom Pom 30
speeding tickets in Italy
novak000 16
BNP Paribas ATM exchange rate markup
David & C. 11
Google Response to Fraud Report
Larry 13
Blatant misrepresentation of total rental costs, Tromso, Norway
immacdonell 5
Any pickpockets or other tourist scams in Ireland in general?
photobearsam 22
Be warned re Monastery Stays, the booking agency for this site charges 20% booking fee!!
JS 17
Booking flights with travel companies online
Travelin’Gal 29
Pick Pocet article, The Atlantic, May 2019
bogiesan 9
New pickpocket target
Bob 19
Very slick conversion rate scam buying theater tickets in London
Ray T 14
Is having a Whistle on my keychain overkill?
Mark 34
Priority Pass membership
mcguinness.anita 12
I just stopped a scam!
Adrienne 28
Airport Duty Free Shopping
kb1942 13
WP Article Regarding Common Scams
Maryam 5
Justfly.com is FRAUD!!!! They sold me a wrong ticket and debited $1033
tatiana.marti... 9
Lost Passport
Connie 22
Big Bus Tours
Jennylake 9
Is Book-si.com a legit booking agent?
mikeywaz 5
Fake Paris taxi driver JAILED for overcharging tourists
Chris F 20
Rail Protection Price Scam
b_artz 12
Reasons locals don't use moneybelts
LIZinPA 74
Non-refundable accomodation
Ufkak 48
When asked for a pin with a credit card purchase
mikernben 19
Air BnB new user question / concern
jdm1dfw 12
Naples pickpockets
Jim H 17
Security Concern in Germany?
kg 15
Viator
artiberius 23
Even happens to professional travelers
Bets 16
The Monk Scam.
Francis 11