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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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Car rental 'damage' scam
bren5 5
Careful while buying train tickets in Rom
Keith 3
Can you help me rent a bike?
athenafl 2
Cancellation refund if tour company cancels trip
gr8katz 15
Camera Scam
shifferds 24
Cab scam in Barcelona
colorado924 4
Book places to stay via email
kvanhoom 11
Booking flights with travel companies online
Travelin’Gal 28
Booking.com: Never Pre-Pay for a Lodging Through This Site!
drew 26
Booking.com imposing unreasonable cancellation fee - Coronavirus
AussieNomad 19
BNP Paribas ATM exchange rate markup
David & C. 11
Blatant misrepresentation of total rental costs, Tromso, Norway
immacdonell 5
Bike Hiring
jnsjane303 1
Big Bus Tours
Jennylake 9
Be warned re Monastery Stays, the booking agency for this site charges 20% booking fee!!
JS 17
Beware of rental car scams in Sicily
T. 3
Beware of fraudulent credit card charge 'SEI*Eurosports'
avirosemail 8
Beware of DCC at Reisebank
Lee 10
Beware of buying the MUVE ticket for the 4 museums on St Mark's Square
bandj53 5
Beware of ASAP Tickets
baroloboy85 13
Beware AirB&B scams
phred 6
Be super aware of a new way of pickpockets while in Köln Messe Koelnmesse Train...
camilkuo 24
Best Train from Naples to Roma
dkgitte 1
Best brand for money belt
andreajm317 10
Be prepared then enjoy your vacation.
Dennis 7
Being Pickpocketed - If I knew then what I know now.
Jim 38
Begpacking - when tourists compete begging with the poorest people
MarkK 41
Become a travel agent to get discounted travel? Scam or true?
rob in cal 13
be careful of restaurant double charges where they claim they've "reversed" the first...
John 13
Barcelona- scam after scam
melisa.branovsky 25
Barcelona Escalator Scam
TaffetaPilot 10
Barcelona - Bird Shit Scam
rowlandinho77 8
Barcelona - Bank Scam
rowlandinho77 11
Bad experience with Sixt car rental in Malaga
donna.reimer 6
Bad Decision to Rent from Tuscany Now & More
clleven 6
Backpack stolen on train to Rome (from airport)
The Madster 21
Backpack stolen in Koln train station
Euro traveler 6
Avis pulled a semi-fast one on me
phred 6
Attempted theft in Madrid
steve 9
Attempted scam in Barcelona?
lancerhayashi 7
ATM to avoid in Florence
mwchadwick1 8
ATM and credit debit card advice
jayhamps 14
A Tip For Hotel Room Safety
WhateverLA 21
Athens Scams/Safety Concerns?
Dave 6
Athens Metro Pickpockets
Bruce 16
Athens Airport Metro Pickpocketing Gang
TravelBug 11
Assault is bad end to a great trip to Italy using Rick Steves' advice
delgado.adverts 34
A sorry end to a wonderful trip
hinhaber 40
Are you getting friend requests from fake Facebook accounts?
avirosemail 22
Are fur coats acceptable in Europe?
mekszrhands 30