Ah, Paris! The city of lights, love, and… scams? Yes, you read that right. Paris may be the epitome of a perfect vacation, but it’s not uncommon to be taken advantage of if you’re not careful.
To save you from falling prey to these traps, we’ve compiled a list of scams to avoid in Paris.
Phone Theft on Terraces: Keep Your Phone Safe
While enjoying a meal at a restaurant terrace, you might be tempted to take a quick photo and leave your phone on the table.
Beware, as this is the perfect opportunity for pickpockets to steal it. Stay alert and keep your phone close to you, or better yet, leave it in your pocket or bag.
Found Gold Ring Scam: Don’t Get Fooled
Have you ever found a gold ring on the street? Nope, neither have we. If someone offers you a “lost” ring, don’t take it. It’s a common scam in Paris, and the “kind” stranger will ask for money in return for the ring.
Fake Metro or Museum Tickets Scam: Don’t Buy from Strangers
If you’re approached by someone selling metro or museum tickets, think twice before buying. They might claim that they didn’t use the ticket or that it’s expired, but most likely, it’s a fake.
Only buy from the official ticket booth to avoid wasting your money.
Pigalle Shows Expensive Champagne Scam: Drink Smart
If you’re planning to attend a show in Pigalle, make sure you read the fine print before ordering champagne.
Some establishments charge exorbitant amounts for drinks, and you might end up with a hefty bill at the end of the night. Always negotiate the price before ordering a bottle.
Free Bracelets Street Sellers Scam: Avoid the Knots
Street vendors in Paris often offer free bracelets, but don’t fall for their trap. They’ll tie knots so tight that it’s impossible to take the bracelet off, and then they’ll demand payment.
Just say no and walk away.
Restaurant Scam: Be Wary of the English Menu
It’s no secret that Parisians prefer speaking French. If you ask for an English menu in a restaurant, you might end up paying more.
To avoid this, either know what you want to order or ask for a French menu first and compare the prices with the English version.
In conclusion, Paris is undoubtedly a beautiful city, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Keep these scams in mind and enjoy your trip without any worries. Bon voyage!
For more texts about capitals from the same area, please check under the category Europe. Check also our text about outsmarting pickpockets in Paris and about ways to avoid upsetting locals when you are in Paris..
Thank you for reading and have a nice day.