Europe is a great travel destinations because there are so many beautiful countries you can spend with for an enjoyable vacation. Bucket list destinations are so many that sometimes it leaves you confused of where to go for your travel plan. Just like any other great travel destinations, there is always risks of travel scams. There are con artists in almost every travel destination including Europe. You should be aware of those scams so you can still enjoy your trip in Europe comfortably.
Travel scams in Europe to be aware of
There is always risk of falling victim to travel scams regardless of your destination. Experiencing scams when travelling can leave bad impression. It is often that tourists and travelers alike avoid the place where they fell victim to travel scams. You can actually avoid travel scams when travel to Europe. Here are some oft he most common travel scams.
Beware of the organised pickpocket!
Organized pickpocket in Europe is quite common. In fact, the scenario is very thorough and detailed. One of the most common scenes is that, you are just minding your own business in the street in one of the country in Europe. Then, suddenly you see a crowd where there is a woman arguing with a street vendor owner accusing the woman for stealing. The woman then starts undressing herself to prove her point then the vendor owner apologizes. The crowd is then dispersing, so is your wallet. Thus, don’t get easily attracted to a crowd since it’s the easiest way for pickpockets. Also, try to dress more casually to avoid making yourself a target.
There is also travel scam in Europe that is called highway pirates. It happens mostly in Italy when people puncture your tires in a parking lot then follow you until you stop. They will pretend to offer their help while robbing you. Thus, make sure to be more aware of your vehicle and its condition. Also, be more careful when receiving help from suspicious people. Don’t let valuable things in your car.
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Fake entry fees
In Spain, there is also travel scam where you will be charged with fake entry fees. They are posing with fake IDs at the Spanish border. They will ask for entry fee into Gibraltar. In reality, there is no entry fee in order for visitor to pass through. If you happen to visit this place and someone ask you for the entry fee, just ignore them and keep your valuables intake.
In Czech Republic, there is travel scam where some people are impersonating police officers. They work in group and will appear to accuse you of committing some crimes. They will insist to see your wallet and passport. If you encounter this situation, do not let them take your wallet or anything. Instead, you can refuse them firmly and ask them to bring you to the nearest police station. It will make them cower and go away. Report them to the local authorities later so there won’t be any victims.