Have You Fallen for One of the Top 11 Travel Scams in Europe?

The world generally isn’t as scary a place as we make it out to be, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care to protect yourself. Next time you’re in Europe, keep an eye on your valuables and watch out for these travel scams.

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1. Don’t Reach Up

Next time someone tells you that you have pigeon poop on your head, and you don’t see any pigeons around nor do you feel an uncomfortably warm liquid spreading down your scalp – don’t reach up! A common scheme in many European tourist spots is for a “helpful” passerby to tell you you’ve been pooped on and while you lift your arms to wipe the offending substance from your head, you are pickpocketed. A lot of people consider bird poop a good luck sign anyway, so when in doubt, just rock the poop.