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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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Rome tour guides
hlbrechin 5
Cancellation refund if tour company cancels trip
gr8katz 14 imposing unreasonable cancellation fee - Coronavirus
AussieNomad 19
What is the meaning of Prague (Praha)?
kb1942 11
Another Paris scam - "Bird Poop"
nanvan 8
What HomeAway/VRBO Doesn't Tell You About Not Refunding Your Money
Lindy 34
Parking tickets.... in Edmonds! oh the horror of it all
joe32F 18
Fascinating article on Airbnb properties ( also VRBO, etc.) in London
Lola 15
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 is FRAUD!!!! They sold me a wrong ticket and debited $1033
tatiana.marti... 9
Lost Passport
Connie 22
Big Bus Tours
Jennylake 9
Is 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
artiberius 23
Even happens to professional travelers
Bets 16
The Monk Scam.
Francis 11
Hobo Traveler Sew-in Pockets?
slbdaisy 10
Pick pocketed, by an old scam
paulawilsonpsl 20
LONDON Oyster card Refund Snafu
bonnie.powers 17