8 Travel Scams to Avoid in Europe
While most Euro-trips return without incident, there are plenty of scam artists ready to pounce on unaware tourists. Don’t get caught out. Knowing what to look for can keep you and your wallet safe when abroad. This helpful infographic seeks to shed light on some of the most popular and common travel scams to avoid in Europe, along with how to avoid them and the country it is most prevalent in.
Common in: Italy
‘Highway pirates’ discretely puncture your tires and follow you until you stop. Posing as a good Samaritan, they’ll offer to help and rob you in the process.
Common in: France
Young children approach you with a petition, often claiming to be deaf and dumb and from a recognized charity. They ask for a signature and money.
Fake Entry Fees
Common in: Spain
At Spanish border checks, scam artists with fake IDs go from car to car asking for a cash ‘entry fee’ to pass Gibraltar into Spain.
Impersonating Police Officers
Common in: Czechia
Someone will approach you and offer you something vaguely illicit. Suddenly, bogus plain-clothes police officers appear and demand to see your passport and wallet while accusing you of a crime.
Common in: Hungary
Street money changers and taxi drivers are known to deliberately pass counterfeit notes to tourists. These notes are usually invalid or from neighboring countries.
Common in: Netherlands
While you’re sat in a restaurant, a thief will enter under the pretense of selling you something or looking for a friend. While you’re distracted, your possessions are stolen from right under your nose.
Common in: Croatia
Certain bars and restaurants – particularly so-called ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ – overcharge by adding surcharges to the final bill. When you can’t pay, you’re escorted to a cash machine and threatened.
Phony Taxi Drivers
Common in: Poland
Unregulated taxi drivers lurk around the major airports and tourist attractions, trapping unsuspecting visitors by claiming that their fare meter is broken and overcharging.
It’s easy to get carried away by the romance of traveling, but remember to pack a little common sense – it can protect you from being taken for a ride. Thanks for reading, and be sure to stay safe while abroad!
This travel infographic was provided by NeoMam and published for AIG.