Travelling is one of the most exciting pastimes ever. We are so thrilled to see new places, try unique cuisines, and tap into unknown cultures that we often forget about the dangers that go along all that exciting stuff. Where there are tourists, there are scammers, which means they can be found in literally every part of the world. Their ways are wicked, unexpected, and downright genius at times. If you want to avoid spending unnecessary money during your travels, here’s a list of 9 ways tourists get cheated in various countries all over the world.
If a cute guy approaches you in the streets of Rome offering you a rose and hug, you are free to run away screaming because you’re about to get scammed. These guys use your confusion to snatch whatever jewellery and precious things you have on you. Gypsy women also use roses, but a bit differently – they will put a flower into your bag and demand you pay for it. If you refuse they start creating a scene, so it’s better to just return the rose and get out of there.
Huge puppets (Ukraine, Russia)
If you see huge weird-looking puppets roaming around the main street in Kyiv, Ukraine, make sure you avoid all contact. While seemingly friendly, they will pose for selfies with you, especially if you’re travelling with kids. Later they will demand payment for each shot taken! They act bold and aggressive, but don’t let them harass you into paying (unless the price was announced before). Just delete the photos and go away!
Dancing cartoons (Spain, Romania, Poland, Italy)
These dancing cartoons look absolutely lovely dancing their way through some tune from a music box. But don’t be deceived into believing these are some kind of ‘magnetic figurines’ that can dance on their own when there’s music playing! Yes, it’s an actual scam and people really buy it. Here the scammer simply uses a hook and a transparent fishing line to make them dance.