The Professor's Travel Blog

Scams We Have Seen in France and Italy

Be Careful and Watch Out for Personal Property

Author: The Traveling Professor/Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Categories: Paris, Italy

Rate this article:

Here are some of the more common scams The Professor has seen in Paris and Italy:

Pickpockets:  Travelers WILL be pick-pocketed if they don't secure their valuables.  The simplest way to be protected from pickpockets is to not carry around things that can be lifted by thieves. Leave valuables back at the hotel. Carry a minimum of cash and only one or two credit cards.  Be careful of cameras and phone - tuck them away safely. NEVER carry passports around town.

The Survey Scam:  Sometimes people, often "students" will ask you to fill out a survey.  It is the perfect way to pick your pocket while your hands are busy and pockets/purses are hidden by the survey clip board.

The Golden Ring Scam:  This has been around for years.  Someone will come up to you with a worthless fake golden ring or piece of jewelry saying they found it and want to give it to you.  After you accept, they extort money from you.

Luggage:  Once at the Milan train station, we stowed our bags below in the bus storage area and got on the bus as it waited for other passengers to go to the airport.  While on the bus, we noticed someone walking away with our bags!  Luckily, we apprehended the would-be thieves before they got away.  Always keep a close eye on luggage.

Again, Paris and Italy are safe countries.  No need to be obsessed about protecting valuables.  Just be careful.

Number of views (155)/Comments ()

Blog Calendar
«August 2018»

Denmark and Norway by Rail and Ferry

Norway by Train and FerryOne of the more popular Traveling Professor tours is his small group tour to Norway and Denmark.  No matter how one travels to these countries, they will see some of the best natural beauty to be found anywhere. But if traveling by train and ferry, it offers special sights that can be found no other way.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out why you need to travel to Denmark and Norway by ferry and rail.

Read more

Best and Worst Ways to Change Money Overseas

how to exchange money overseasOne of the money matters we encounter when traveling is how to change money.  Most European countries NEVER accept US dollars.  Fortunately, most European countries accept the common Euro currency but a good amount don't.  In any case, there are situations where you will need to obtain currency.  Look at The Traveling Professor's travel tips on the best way to change your currency into local currency.  I'll also tell you about some of the worst ways to do it too!

Read more

4 More Paris Restaurants

favorite paris restaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris. Today, more than ever, there are options for eating in Paris. In general, on our small group tours to Paris we eat at local spots at a moderate price.  I have picked out 4 of my favorite Paris restaurants, two of them are actually located on the same street, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The other two are on the other side of the river and I am very sure you will enjoy them. 

Read more

Things The Professor Cannot Travel Without

small group tours packingWe do anywhere from 10-15 small group tours each year.  Sometimes I am away for 6-7 weeks at a time and I NEVER check a bag. So, what are the essential things I bring on every trip other than the obvious like a change of clothes? Take a look at The Traveling Professor's blog post to learn what he cannot travel without. 

Read more