29/06/2015

Smart & Safe Summer - scams

 
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! 

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  1. I loved this!!! Thank you so much for this Wonderfully helpful post ☺️ I love this series you're writing 😃 keep them comin' excellent work 👌🏼

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    1. Thank you! This is the last post in the series but if you would like to know more about anything else let me know! Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

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  2. I have heard about the bracelet scams in Paris. While I was vacationing in China it was common for them to use children to sell flowers. Once you buy one a whole swarm of kids would start pressing you to buy flowers. There are also 'photographers' who would take your photo at tourist attractions (without your permission mind you), shove it to your face and try to convince you to let them print it for you. Some would even print it out in advance then show it to you with the hopes that you'd feel bad enough to buy it. If you don't buy then you get cussed. :P

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    1. Hello Phy! Oh I heard about it but never had a chance to experience it. I did not realise that's how they are operating. I would feel so quilty and aqful if I could not give money to all kids and I believe that's what they want to archive. I will remember for the future not to get any flowers or photos. Have a lovely day, Iga x

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  3. In Greece there was women in the busy city streets that would stand there and wash your car windscreen whilst you're in a traffic queue and ask for money after, even when you've been shouting no and telling her to stop the entire time!

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    1. That is very cheeky! When you mentined this it reminded me of "free" magazines. Someone would give you / force into your hand a "free" magazine, basically three to six pages, and request money. Have a lovely day, Iga x

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  4. Omg! I didn't know about any of these! String around your wrist? So bloody cheeky!

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    1. It is! I was not the only one that fell l for this trick! They are quicker, louder and way more persistent than I ever expected. Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

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