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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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Title   Author Replies  Last Post
Italy ZTL scams?
lcb23 29
How honest are you, really?
Chris F 30
Safety of Multiple Passports
gneissgrl 28
The dishonest official Paris taxi drivers
Pom Pom 28
Are fur coats acceptable in Europe?
mekszrhands 30
What is a scam?
jayhamps 27
Vultures
Larry 31
Booking flights with travel companies online
Travelin’Gal 29
For fashionable people who don't use money belts...
Nicole P 30
More to Final follow-up report -- Denver travel agent's sentencing hearing.
horsewoofie 32
Money belt plus small purse?
phylliscountr... 29
The Security of a Daypack and Neck Wallet
Steve S 30
The "ring scam" and "petition girls" in Paris.
pat 34
Passport with us or in hotel?
skgraves0918 34
Does my husband need a money belt ?
KER 32
Robbed at Rome Termini Train Station
KC 35
Assault is bad end to a great trip to Italy using Rick Steves' advice
delgado.adverts 34
New scam or old one?
jvsarna 32
Money belt safety and TSA
Kathi H. 35
How to prevent my phone from getting stolen
SmittyATL 33
Sigh....debit card hacked
jillmc 27
What HomeAway/VRBO Doesn't Tell You About Not Refunding Your Money
Lindy 34
Fake wallet?
Donald 36
Paris Train Pickpocket in Training
wuscjim 38
Is having a Whistle on my keychain overkill?
Mark 31
Being Pickpocketed - If I knew then what I know now.
Jim 38
Pickpocketing techniques
russellplissken 38
A sorry end to a wonderful trip
hinhaber 40
Warning to Sorrento/Naples Visitors:
robertcartera... 42
Random Passport Checks: Real or Fake Police?
marc 43
Advantages of wearing a 'travel vest' with multiple pockets in Italy?
willieske 44
Begpacking - when tourists compete begging with the poorest people
MarkK 42
Managing Travel Stress
Barb 43
Lots of beggars in Paris
Diana 46
Travel with passport or leave in hotel?
kacikohlhepp 40
Insanely high traffic fines in Italy RIP OFF ALERT
James 46
Fine scam on Frankfurt airport train
gentlesea14850 50
How do men keep their phones safe?
Lulu348 52
“Sitting ducks pay $177 for lunch at Trattoria da Romano, Burano, Italy”
phogenson 53
What are some of the tourist traps in Europe?
Lane 50
pickpocket question
Libby 54
Pickpocketed-and happy about it!
Karen 59
Rick Steves was Pickpocketed
Pilgrim 58
How to not look like a tourist, ideas and comments
glennlorrainer 56
Ok, I'll fess up. No money belt.
Anne 69
Reasons locals don't use moneybelts
LIZinPA 67
What if?
lindanjim 71
Scammed! Update: Travel agent was arrested yesterday (12/11/17)!
horsewoofie 116