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The Savvy Traveller - Travel Guide

Paris Gold Ring Travel Scam

The Paris Gold Ring Scam Likely damage: 1/5 Frequency: 2/5 Countries reported: Europe. Summary: A girl drops a fake gold ring in front of a tourist and tries to persuade him to buy it for far more than it is worth. Some specific scams are so common they deserve specific coverage in a section of their own. One of these is the gold ring scam, which is so common in Paris, and hardly known elsewhere. Each time I have travelled through Paris, I have met a few people who have been scammed in this way, and the Internet has many reports of this trick. In outline, it is extremely simple: The victim is strolling in a touristy area of Paris, or sitting in a Parisian café with a glass of wine and a Croque Monsieur. He does not notice the young girl in front of him, in suitably pitiful clothes, and is approached by a young girl. The young girl is a scammer. She is walking towards him, and suddenly starts squealing. The victim cannot help but look at her, and make eye contact. The scammer bends down and seems to pick something up from the street. She shows it to her victim. It is a gold ring, or at least a gold-coloured ring. “It is my lucky day”, she says in broken English, “look at what I have found. I love gold jewellery. I was hoping to buy something like this, and now I have found one. Is it…

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Delhi Railway Ticket Bureau Scam | India

Likely Damage: 3/5 Frequency: 2/5 Countries reported: India, specifically New Delhi Railway Station. A similar scam has also been reported in Thailand. Summary: Touts at Delhi Railway Station direct you to travel agents rather than the official ticket bureau. This ticket scam is particular to one or two places in the world (see example below), but so many travellers have fallen for it, and complained about it, that it deserves its own section in this book. It is also worthwhile as a demonstration of the lengths to which touts will go to, to swindle tourists, even without breaking the law. Criminals can scam travellers in this way when they are trying to travel from New Delhi Railway Station. The station is extremely crowded, confusing and badly laid out. Foreigners are required to buy train tickets at the Foreign Ticket Bureau. The Bureau is not, however, immediately visible from the entrance to the station: it is upstairs, and badly signposted from the entrance. The scam works as follows: Touts wait at the entrance to the station, or inside. They spot tourists and ask if they are planning to buy tickets at the station’s ticket office. They will try to prevent tourists from going upstairs. They manage to direct tourists away from the station to travel agents, where tourists are charged excessive amounts of money for the tickets which they were trying to buy at the station’s Foreign Ticket Bureau.The scammers are fluent in English and can be persuasive. Lies which they…