Around the World: Top 40 Tourist Scams [infographic]

Gina Smith
Written by Gina Smith

Here’s the top 40 tourist scams around the world. We know you’re too smart to fall for them, but it never hurts to be up on scammer state of the art.

aNewDomain — We know you’re too smart to fall for them, but maybe one of the top 40 tourist scams listed below has popped up in your orbit. Circulate this among folks you care about and help eradicate tourist scams, that bitter scourge of summer.

Here are details on the top 40 tourist scams and where in the world you are most likely to encounter them. Remember, don’t take any wooden nickels — or fake hotel room takeout menus.

40 Tourist Scams to Avoid This Summer

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Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Based in San Francisco, Gina Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist online, in print, radio and national TV. A former tech correspondent for ABC News, Gina founded aNewDomain with John C. Dvorak and Dr. Jerry Pournelle. Email Gina at and follow her @ginasmith888 and on Google+ through her page at +Gina Smith.

  • Mac McCarthy

    Excellent, if unnerving, list!

    I saw several of these while traveling in Europe recently — the ‘slow pay’ in Italy, the ‘dropped diamond’ pickpocket stall in Paris, and the gypsy kid beggers. Luckily, the Rick Steves people warned us about these beforehand….

    Mac McCarthy

    • Brant David

      I know what you mean, Mac. We saw them outside the crowded bazaar in Istanbul last September. We were too savvy for them, however.

  • Ant Pruitt

    some pretty interesting (scary) stuff

    -RAP, II

  • Brant David

    Incidentally…isn’t “The Flirt” universal? (Hee hee hee)