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Sometimes when you’re on vacation, you’re also on a vacation from common sense. Be warned of scammers and con artists from around the world. Here are 9 tourists scams you should watch out for.
1. Rose Scam. Sometimes in Europe, someone will come up to you and your partner to try to sell you some roses. It’s not rude to refuse, but be prepared to spend a lot of money if you do buy these really expensive roses.
2. Map Vendor Scam. Sometimes in Europe, someone on the street will try to sell you a map and then when they unfurl it, they’ll pick your pocket while they distract you.
3. Room Inspection Scam. Sometimes in Spain, two people, who say they work for the hotel, will come to your room asking to inspect it. One will most likely distract you, while the other will try to rob you.
4. Busted Camera Scam. While on vacation, someone might ask you to take a picture of them. When they ask for the camera back, they might fumble it and it might fall to the ground, breaking. They’ll ask you for compensation.
5. Fake Police Officer Scam. Beware of fake police officers in South America who will ask you for your wallet to inspect it. They’ll tell you that the area is full of counterfeit money, but when they return your wallet, your money is gone.
6. Petition For Charity Scam. Sometimes in Paris, France, someone who is mute or deaf might come up to you and ask you to sign a petition. It’s likely they’re going to try to rob you while you’re signing.
7. Peanut Scam. Sometimes in Rio de Janeiro, someone might spill a bucket full of peanuts on your table and then attend to other tables. If you eat the peanuts when they return, they’ll expect to be paid because these peanuts are not free.
8. Rushed Taxi Scam. Sometimes in New York or Las Vegas, taxi drivers will seem as if they are in a rush when they drop you off. They’ll try to get you out of the cab as fast as they can, making sure that all your big luggage is out of the car, but will also try to make you forget that you left a small bag behind.
9. Good Old Fashioned Pickpocket. Sometimes in Europe, someone might tell you to be aware of pickpockets, as their accomplice watches as you fiddle around with your wallet. Then they’ll come around and eventually pickpocket you because they know exactly where your wallet is.
Bonus: Anywhere in Times Square. While Times Square in New York City is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, it’s also one of the most needlessly expensive places too. Vendors will try to sell you a hot dog for $30, while you can get one much, much cheaper a few blocks away when you’re outside of Times Square. Be warned, just because you’re in New York, that doesn’t mean muffins cost $10. It’s expensive in NYC, but not that expensive.