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The fact of the matter is that scammers are everywhere and in any destination. It is difficult to detect them because they disguise themselves and use all tricks of deception in order to be able to take away from you what they want to take away. Being a new traveler or this is your first trip to a European country, you will think that European countries are free of scams and scams, but the truth is, European countries are not devoid of scams and some scammers whose primary job here is to steal and practice deception in order to continue their lives. Here are some forms of deception and scams used by scammers:


1. Fake Gold Ring:

. Where: All over Europe

It is probably one of the most common scams that travelers encounter abroad. While you are taking a booth, unfortunately, a ring falls in front of you. When they see that it appears to be pure gold, many people will be inclined to pick it up. At least to ask if someone accidentally dropped it. However, someone else will ask you if the ring is yours if you pick it up. Since it’s not your ring, you will naturally refuse. So the person will start asking you for money for the gold ring. According to those who fell for this scam, there is no other way to get rid of the scammer without giving them some money.
How to avoid the situation: Don’t pick up the ring, just walk forward. And if someone who dropped the ring speaks to you, do not answer and move on.


2. The Begging Cup:

Where: All over Europe

Another method of the typical travel scam is the one that is used by a beggar and his plastic cup that you accidentally push your way in. When you walk into a tourist site it is difficult to know where you are walking because you are usually worried about looking around. These scammers take advantage of this and leave the transparent cups on your way until you “accidentally” bump into it. The so-called beggar will make you feel guilty for kicking his cup until you leave him a cash donation.
How to avoid the situation: Don’t feel guilty about kicking his cup because he put it in your way, don’t pick up the cup after you kicked him and move on.


3. The act of having something poured on you:

Where: All over Europe

If you find yourself walking through tourist spots and a resident spills some liquid or sauce on your clothes, don’t leave your personal belongings unattended!
How to avoid the situation: Trust me when I say it wasn’t an accident at all. Spilling something is just a way to distract you from focusing on your belongings so they can take your wallet, your camera, or even your entire bag. So when someone spills something on you, don’t stop and move on.


4. Missing Driver Scams:

Where: Rome

Falling for a scam on the road or street can get very dangerous. You can not only lose material things, but also your life. If you are traveling through Rome, be aware of the following form of fraud, which again has to do with locals who behave in a very friendly manner as the man looks elegant and presentable. He tells you that he is lost and needs petrol. Since you are enjoying talking to him, you are thinking of helping him. The person will tell you that he is not from that area. Therefore, he will also wrap you up with a story about the luxury products he sells. The guy will take an expensive thing from his car and offer it to you as an act of kindness. The scammer will then ask you to lend him money for the gas and make sure they tell you how much his gift to you cost. Basically, to make you feel pressured into lending him some money since you received something fancy from him. What the innocent travelers of the time didn’t know was that the fake thing was cheap and not worth more than what they had “lent” to the scammer.
How to avoid the situation: Always use common sense while traveling. And never receive anything from a stranger.


5. Pickpockets on the bus:

Where: Rome

While traveling through Rome, you should be extra careful when you take bus number 64. Why exactly this bus? Because it is the mode of transport that passes through the busiest route, and that will be used by the largest number of tourists when traveling through Rome. So you can imagine how crowded it was. The busier and smaller the space, the easier it is for thieves to get their hands in your backpack without you noticing. If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, whether you’re on a bus or the subway, where you’ve already arrived at your stop and desperately trying to make your way through the hustle and bustle of lots of people stuck together, you know how hard it can be to get your stuff under control. We often feel that others are pushing us, trying to get out. But this push is the feeling of a thief stealing something from you.
How to avoid the situation: I have always learned to always have my bag and personal belongings in front of me, valuables should not be put in easily accessible pockets, and money cannot be kept all in one place. Moreover, you should be extra careful with your passport and where you put it. In a place where thieves or pickpockets can’t catch it.


6. Free bracelets or other items:

Where: All over Europe

This scam is similar to what fake Buddhist monks might do in Korea. In fact, it is a globally known scam that you will encounter in European tourist areas. An innocent-looking person picks you up and presents you with a bracelet, necklace, or something handmade. Not only do they give you the thing, they also put it on you without asking for it.
How to avoid the situation: At that moment, you should already be aware of how bad the situation is because it forces you to face it. Of course, scammers don’t intend to give it to you for free. So reject it and move on.


7. Information theft:

Where: Paris and Rome

Suppose your card is lost or stolen. Then you get a call to your hotel room saying they are hotel staff who want to help you redeem your card. They are not hotel staff but scammers asking for confidential information, such as credit card details.
How to avoid the situation: If your card is lost or stolen, go directly to the hotel staff or police station. Don’t talk to anyone on the phone without knowing who you’re talking to.


8. Fake Police Hoax:

Where: All over Europe

On the streets of certain European cities; Two people may stop you; At first glance, they look like police officers. But they pretend to be tourist police just to get close to the travelers. Once you are stopped, they will ask you to hand over your documents and the purpose is to stamp your information and demand money from you. It is probably one of the most frustrating travel scams in Europe because as a tourist you wouldn’t know how to tell the difference between a real and a fake policeman.
How to avoid the situation: If this happens to you, ask them to take you to the police station. Tell them that you will only hand in your documents at the police station and not in public places. It would be the only way to get them to leave.
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9. False Children’s Obstruction:

Where: Paris

It’s hard not to fall for these kinds of scams. Seeing vulnerable people on the street, many people’s hearts shrink from helplessness due to not being able to provide adequate assistance. Some stop on their way to lend a hand to someone they think needs. However, it is painful to see scammers taking advantage of these circumstances and using an innocent-looking person, such as a child. On the different streets of Paris, you can meet children who pretend to have some kind of disability, such as hearing or speech problems. They may ask you to sign their case and money, which will help them in their case. Even these children will often tell you that they are part of projects or organizations that seek to help more young people like them.
How to avoid the situation: Before you pay them, tell them you want to know which association for the disabled they belong to, and if they tell you they don’t belong, don’t pay them and move on.


10. The taxi trick:

Where: All over Europe

Have you ever suspected that the taxi driver might have fake credentials? If you haven’t thought about it while catching a taxi outside, you should start doing so to be safer. These drivers take you to your destination and charge you four times the cost of the trip. They claim to have a taxi driver’s license and to be part of a well-known taxi company. However, it is not. It happened to a Thai couple on their trip to Paris, where a driver with fake credentials charged exorbitant sums on the road and was angry that a customer was filming him. They had to pay 200 euros to get out of the car at the end. When reporting the facts, the taxi company assured them that they did not know the driver, which indicated that there might be many scammers posing as taxi drivers. According to the BBC, they managed to catch the scammer because of the tourist’s evidence.
How to avoid the situation: Write down the taxi number on the car list to give it to the police.


In conclusion, I would like to assure you that this blog is not intended to scare you or discourage you from traveling. On the contrary, it is a friendly reminder that will help you enjoy your trip in Europe worry-free and safely. Traveling is a wonderful experience that should not be hindered by fear or anxiety.
During this blog, we have talked about the various scams and scams that can happen in Europe. By raising awareness about these issues, I aim to provide you with the knowledge and tools to navigate unfamiliar territory with confidence. Remember that knowledge is power, and the first step towards a safe and enjoyable journey is to be aware of the potential risks.
So, don’t be afraid to explore the enchanting landscapes, immerse yourself in diverse cultures, and create unforgettable memories. With a little caution and using the tips mentioned here, you can ensure a worry-free experience. Trust your intuition, be aware of what is happening around you, and seek advice from trusted sources.
Always remember that the majority of people you will meet on your travels are kind-hearted and honest. Get adventurous and connect with locals who can provide valuable guidance and recommendations. By interacting with the local culture, you will create meaningful connections and unforgettable experiences.
Finally, I encourage you to embark on your European journey with enthusiasm and optimism. Take action, stay up-to-date, and enjoy the incredible beauty and richness that Europe has to offer. Happy trip!


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