Were you scammed? I was in Milan and the same trick was tried on my in Paris. Are you familiar with ‘friendship bracelet’? Well, I call it ‘Scam bracelet’. Someone approaches you, take your wrist, ties string around it and ask for payment. In my case they approached me in front of Milan’s cathedral, pushed sweetcorn into my hand to attract pigeons, and then put a string on my wrist asking for money. The same method is practiced in other touristic places around the world, such as Paris.
Is your boyfriend taking care of you? Visit one of many places to be proven by a stranger that he is not when he refuses to buy you an overpriced, half dead rose.
Are you feeling lucky enough to take part in a street game? It can be anything starting from three cups with a ball underneath one of them, a card game or anything that distracts you. Be aware that scams are also a way to absorb you with something when someone tries to pickpocket you.
Another type of scam is performed with a shoe brush. A man drops a shoe brush, you kindly picking it up, as a favour for favour he polishes your shoes and then ask for your money.
If you do not know the area very well and are taking taxi be careful. The driver might take you a long ride around and double charge you. To save money ask for
a the price of a travel before
deciding what taxi and if you are taking one.
There are also various ways to get your credit card details starting from a late night phone calls with a reason such as problems with the hotel payment.
Are you looking for souvenirs? For cheaper deals check streets further away from the tourist attractions. Also if there are many shops beside each other have a look for a cheaper deal.
Have you had a chance to notice any scams while on holidays? Share in comments!