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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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Google Response to Fraud Report
Larry 13
BNP Paribas ATM exchange rate markup
David & C. 11
speeding tickets in Italy
novak000 16
The dishonest official Paris taxi drivers
Pom Pom 28
Do you know the artist David Schor?
sherryjb 12
Viagogo Ticket Scam (Oberammergau and other events)
Anna 2
Begpacking - when tourists compete begging with the poorest people
MarkK 42
1 looks like a 7
rrruuunnn 19
Railroad Station in Prague
Steve 6
How to prevent my phone from getting stolen
SmittyATL 33
Front of the Line Tour tickets
tcbhouse 4
CC info intercepted when booking hotel by email
BillP 14
Parking tickets.... in Edmonds! oh the horror of it all
joe32F 18
What is the meaning of Prague (Praha)?
kb1942 11
Rome tour guides
hlbrechin 5
Cancellation refund if tour company cancels trip
gr8katz 15
What HomeAway/VRBO Doesn't Tell You About Not Refunding Your Money
Lindy 34
Another Paris scam - "Bird Poop"
nanvan 8
Attempted theft in Madrid
steve 9
Fascinating article on Airbnb properties ( also VRBO, etc.) in London
Lola 15
Has anyone had problems with RideCabs.com
daybee71nfun 9
Booking.com imposing unreasonable cancellation fee - Coronavirus
AussieNomad 19
What are some of the tourist traps in Europe?
Lane 50
Renters Beware -- VRBO Coronavirus Refund Policy is Toothless
Andy 13
Never ending claims of traffic violations with no proof
michael 17
JUSTFLY is Exceedingly Unreachable - DO NOT TRUST
tfmyles 15
When booking rooms before of after your tour
gallen 5
A consumer guide to using credit card disputes properly
Dave 4
Bad Decision to Rent from Tuscany Now & More
clleven 6
Fareboom is a horrid company - stay away!
chgodiego 15
Beware of ASAP Tickets
baroloboy85 13
anti-theft bags
pharmchat70 26
Snap Travel
M. E. 4
collections service trying to collect on Italian traffic citations
philridar 2
Got tricked by 3rd party hotel site
Yo Pauly 19
RFID pockets, are they worth it, do they work?
bonnieamarsh 8
AirBnB, VRBO...only showing positive reviews?
Kateja 13
Can you help me rent a bike?
athenafl 2
Pickpockets and other tourist scams
horsewoofie 17
Fake-Alaska Airline scam
jjgurley 22
Crowds at entrances and personal space preferences
avirosemail 18
Aggressive man on Steps to Sacre Coeur
RafaFan 17
Getting La Scala tickets
gibsmail 4
How do men keep their phones safe?
Lulu348 52
Salt Mines Berchtesgaden
RafaFan 3
be careful of restaurant double charges where they claim they've "reversed" the first...
John 10
New to me scam in NYC
stan 3
Expérience and warning from a long-time expat in Paris
Bets 18
Barcelona Escalator Scam
TaffetaPilot 9