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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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rrruuunnn 19
40 Tourist Scams to Avoid During Your Travels
Going234 6
A Bird in the Hand...
Sempre Italia 19
A cautionary tale about using an ATM machine - you may have less recourse than you think!
pelter 24
A consumer guide to using credit card disputes properly
Dave 4
Advantages of wearing a 'travel vest' with multiple pockets in Italy?
willieske 44
Advice for Safely Traveling with 2 Little Kids
carrie4g 8
Advice? Hotel double charging friend / us
shamraye 16
"a fanny pack for your rack"
Michael... 11
Aggressive man on Steps to Sacre Coeur
RafaFan 17
Ah the guys with flowers
jkc 9
AirBNB in Paris: Changing of hosts and reviews; my red flags went up everywhere!
klo162 5
Air BnB new user question / concern
jdm1dfw 11
AirBnB, VRBO...only showing positive reviews?
Airline ticket brokers - like Cheapoair - are rip offs
Paul-of-the-F... 20
Airport Duty Free Shopping
kb1942 12
All In Money Belt OR Stash in Hotel/Apartment/B&B?
Jay 21
A new type of European scam against Europeans.....
Ken 7
Another Paris scam - "Bird Poop"
nanvan 8
anti-theft bags
pharmchat70 26
Anti-Theft Crossbody Purse vs. Cavita Day Pack in Italy
jhbytheseashore 21
Any pickpockets or other tourist scams in Ireland in general?
photobearsam 22
Apartment rental scam
Karen 2
Are fur coats acceptable in Europe?
mekszrhands 30
Are you getting friend requests from fake Facebook accounts?
avirosemail 22
A sorry end to a wonderful trip
hinhaber 40
Assault is bad end to a great trip to Italy using Rick Steves' advice
delgado.adverts 34
Athens Airport Metro Pickpocketing Gang
TravelBug 11
Athens Metro Pickpockets
Bruce 16
Athens Scams/Safety Concerns?
Dave 6
A Tip For Hotel Room Safety
WhateverLA 21
ATM and credit debit card advice
jayhamps 14
ATM to avoid in Florence
mwchadwick1 8
Attempted theft in Madrid
steve 9
Avis pulled a semi-fast one on me
phred 6
Backpack stolen in Koln train station
Euro traveler 6
Backpack stolen on train to Rome (from airport)
The Madster 21
Bad Decision to Rent from Tuscany Now & More
clleven 6
Bad experience with Sixt car rental in Malaga
donna.reimer 6
Barcelona - Bank Scam
rowlandinho77 11
Barcelona - Bird Shit Scam
rowlandinho77 8
Barcelona Escalator Scam
TaffetaPilot 10
Barcelona- scam after scam
melisa.branovsky 25
be careful of restaurant double charges where they claim they've "reversed" the first...
John 13
Become a travel agent to get discounted travel? Scam or true?
rob in cal 13
Begpacking - when tourists compete begging with the poorest people
MarkK 41
Being Pickpocketed - If I knew then what I know now.
Jim 38
Be prepared then enjoy your vacation.
Dennis 7
Best brand for money belt
andreajm317 10
Best Train from Naples to Roma
dkgitte 1