World's Biggest Travel Scams

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hello fellow travelers mark here with Walters world and we are in beautiful Vienna Austria place I love very near and dear to my heart I went to school here and now I'm actually teaching here this summer so it's a great place behind me you have the town hall or the rod house one of the prettiest town halls in Europe and when you travel you think of pretty town halls and beautiful weather and stuff like that but well you don't think about are all the scams and ways that people can rob you while you're abroad so today what we have for you are the seven biggest scams that people pull on tourists when they travel now the first one and the one I've seen happen a lot it's happened by parents and my friends is the mustard stain or booed bird poop scam basically what happens someone walks by and like shoot something on you but maybe they spill some mustard on you or they say oh there's some bird poop on your jacket let me help so you take your backpack off and they know they're very nice address nicely and they'll clean off your jacket for you saying are you okay alright well you have a nice day bye and they walk away when you turn around to pick up your bag it's gone this is a tandem job or multiple people because the person that's helping you is distracting you and then the other person can come in and swipe your bag it's usually mustard from a hot dog or they say it's bird poop so what I say if someone offers to help you with something that clean something you're big enough you can clean it yourself you say thank you I've got it sometimes people are being helpful but it's better not to take the chance that's what happened my parents in Barcelona and a lot of travelers have talked to me about Barcelona it's a very common one the second biggest scam or the second scam I want to talk about is the children scam now this can come in different forms it might be a bunch of kids coming around you to beg for money or ask for something and next thing you know you've like shooed them away and your wallets gone or your passports gone these kind of things another one is a lady will say Oh could you hold my baby for a sec you hold the baby when you give the thing back your wallets gone your phones gone all these kind of things and you really got to be careful because when you look at kids you think all they're just little kids guys the people that are running these scams they use their kids as part of the scam the kids know it as well and it's all part of the system so you really got to be careful so if you see a group of little kids bagging or stuff like that go to the other side of the street I see this problem a lot in France and sometimes in Italy so be careful with those also related to that is like the Mamas coming by you'll see this in Spain they'll come and say let me tie a bracelet on you or let me put a pin on you and you're like no no no I don't want that no and depending on you they want some money or they're pending on you and while they do that their other hand is slipping somewhere else so that's the second thing the moms and the kids kind of scam the third kind of scam is a much more traditional kind of thing I like to call it the bump this might be you're on the train and someone bumps into you or you're walking down the street and someone knocks into you and this hill excuse me and they just go on next thing you know you're two blocks later your phone is gone now you might think oh I should be able to tell when this happens it isn't these people are trained professionals they know what they're doing one of my students here first day he's walking down the street with his hand on his phone in his pocket this guy bumped into him he felt the guy's hand go into his pocket okay into his pocket while he's holding onto his phone and the guy couldn't get it because he was holding onto it and the guy just kept walking now you can tell the cops but all the guy can say was what I bumped into him and a lot of places especially here in Europe if you go to southern Europe Spain Italy the cops are not going to help you Barcelona they will laugh at you one of the people that actually one of the followers on here her husband was getting robbed and he put his cigar out on the guy's hand while it's in his pocket and the cops wanted to arrest him for burning the guy and didn't want to do anything about the guy robbing him so the bump is a very common thing just bumps and you just swipe your stuff so what do you do where your money belt put your stuff in your front pockets not your back pockets and just kind of guard yourself I always walk with my hands over my stuff in my front pockets or in my money belt so but just be ready for that kind of scam the fourth set of scams are the taxi scams now we all know the one where they go the long way to the hotel hey if you're not sure about that ask your hotel to arrange a driver for you or how much a taxi should be from certain locations so you don't get ripped off another one that they like to do is they don't turn the meter on and they say whoops it's 40 euros again that's why you know what the price is you say no it's this if they say that's not right you say please call the police then because I've had that before when I was in Lithuania they drove us the wrong way around the city and then oops we messed up the thing so it's 60 litres and I'm like no because I take that right to work and you went around the stadium feel free to call the cops and the guys just sat there goes uh like here's the 20 liters that it should be not the 60 okay so make sure you have an idea where your trip where your taxes should be going and how much should cost another one that's very popular actually it's Las Vegas has gotten kind of bad with this one is the TAT if you have a lot of luggage the taxi drivers will help you load your luggage and then when you're getting out they say oh I'm in a hurry so I'll get your bags out of the back and they take your money they get your bags out while you're standing there and put in your change away and they drive off and then you notice you went in with three bags and now you only have two and they've got your stuff okay so when you're taking taxis always keep an eye on your stuff always be the one that's getting your stuff out and in also make sure you take an 8 the name of your taxi driver or the taxi number just in case okay because you never know and you can ask for a receipt or a bill they have to give it to you so you always have that thing and they're not going to rob you or take your stuff if you they know that you have all their information the fifth set of scams you got to watch out for are the hotel scams now some of them they're not so much anymore of the fake hotel bookings kind of stuff because you can go to TripAdvisor and bookings comm and booked through them so it's kind of guaranteed but some of the ones you do get at hotels are a late-night call from the front desk saying oh we need your credit card number because we're trying to run the bill could you give it to us again it's three in the morning you're not thinking you said okay now someone calls you in the middle night for the front desk if your family's all with you it's not a fire because they have fire alarms okay you tell them I'll come down to the front desk and talk to you okay so don't don't fall for that BS okay another one of the hotel scams it's not just in hotels it happens at restaurants too is a Wi-Fi scam base it's a fake Wi-Fi signal they set up a Wi-Fi signal out there and you get Internet thinking great I've got the holiday ends Internet well it turns out it's not the holiday in Internet it's that person's fake one so what you want to do is make sure you ask your hotel what is your wireless signal what is the password and so you get their official one it might be slower than the fake one but you won't get your information stolen so be careful with that scam that's becoming more prevalent especially outside of Starbucks and stuff people put like a Starbucks one out there and you just log in and they can get all that information that's passing over so be smart with your Wi-Fi the nut the six point I want to talk about is basically any game cuz any game whether it's the shell game a card game any kind of game that's out there that you're on the streets and you're in a traveling city they want you to play you're going to lose I don't care if you see other people winning those people are plants okay they're supposed to win you are supposed to lose and you will lose no matter how smart you are how great you are they're going to get you here in Vienna when I studied here back in the late 90s one of my buddies he thought he could do the card game really good he kept playing this guy he was out fifty dollars literally in two minutes he's like what happened that other guy was winning I thought for sure I could do it guys any time it's a game you're going to get scammed okay so don't play any of the street games no matter how great you think you are at it but you need to be careful because those silly little $1.00 bets and wagers and beggars can cause other problems so it's best just to say hey I got my shoes right here with me so I hope discussing some of these scams can help you not get scanned while you're traveling if you want to know more thanks five ways you can bust your budget the top 10 things to do in Europe the five things you love and hate about here in Vienna check us out our website at Walters worldcom we're also on Twitter and Facebook and we appreciate all your likes and subscriptions and bye from Vienna Austria and the beautiful rathaus or town home by choose


SOUTH EAST ASIA GOING ASTRAY · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

You mean the DATE-RAPE SCAM has not hit the Euro yet?

Buster Biloxi · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

What is this ?

Elmo · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

And you’re a teacher?

nightlightabcd · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

When you catch a thief, bust his head open and there will be a little less crime in the world!

nightlightabcd · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

General rule of thumb! If there are people around , then there are theves around!

Parth Savyasachi · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

saw the fake Internet thing in japan bullet train too.

guys be careful.

Creatif Etudes · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm


Peter King · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

With WiFi always always run a VPN. There are free VPNs available.

Michael Mallal · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Maybe I can dress as a Gypsy in Paris and carry a petition board?

Michael Mallal · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Taking a ferry on Sydney Harbour is very nice experience. Crime not so bad.

olderthangranite · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

The number 1 travel scam is — travel. Even years ago, one could find pictures of nearly all the world's tourist traps. With internet one can find pictures of anything. A couple decades ago, I thought the U.S.A. and about 12 other countries were not shit holes. Now I'm not so sure of the other 12. Stay home. Look at your city, your county, your state. Not hard to find great stuff to see and experience. It has often occurred to me that some people pay huge money, and have to put up with air travel, to get to where I already live. (True of almost any place.) I am already here. Whether playing near home or beyond the range of a quarter tank of gas, a AAA road map and travel book will show me everything worth seeing, every place worth eating and every lodging that actually washes the laundry.

Nikita Golevs · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Barcelona became horrible ! Sorry fo this experience, worse and worse by time in the whole Catalonia. Locals are [email protected]#¥€ up with this stuff.

JT Smith · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

For anyone traveling to Istanbul beware of the very friendly and generous locals that are willing to act as your tour guide at sights like the Blue Mosque. They can get you in past the line but at the end of the tour they will insist that you come to their rug shop and watch their rug sales pitch. The door will be locked behind you and you are stuck getting a very high pressure sales pitch of their full line of rugs without any way out. It can be very uncomfortable and a very big waste of time – at best.

Herbie · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

100% simple way to not get scammed: Dress up like a Gypsy and hold a ring in one hand and a flower in the other. Boom!

1 eq 0 dot 99999 repeating · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

One of biggest travel scams travelers make and fall themselves, like paying a lot of money and suffering long flights or vomiting for hours in a shaky boat – just to see place overcrowded with other tourists, get flimsy service and finally get poisoned by food.

maary07 · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

First day in Paris, lost 500€, fooled by kids …

paul broderick · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Since American Express have dropped issuing their travel cheques I am reluctant to travel abroad anymore. ATM? Forget it!!

John Skiggs · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

This excellent Vid' is for newish travellers, Bottom line every group you meet as a traveller includes people who will try to rob you. It also includes people who are totally honest and are more than embarrassed by those in their city who rob….

dcfreak23 · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

So much paranoia for these scams on the part of Americans. This activity is only limited to urban centers popular with tourists. Americans wouldn't have anything to worry about if they'd just venture 2 feet outside these tourist zones, or heaven forbid, visit some smaller towns or places in the countryside. It's just the silliest thing that Americans are always so worried for this type of scam yet consistently go to places with these scams while vacationing in Europe.

Super Boom · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

1. My phone is old and I use "FindMyPhone" = take it and I will find it with GPS. 2. Always use Uber/Lyft instead of a taxi. 3. Don't carry so much cash. Use your debit card and have a seperate account with just a small amount of money on it.

jturie · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

We got hit with the taxi scam in Paris. My cab was 16EUR, my in-laws driver (we had to take two cabs) was hit for 40EUR. Guy drove off in a hurry. If he looked in his rear-view mirror, he saw me gesturing to him that he was number 1.

hauskalainen · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

If you use a card to pay someone or use an ATM to get cash, a big scam is that ATM or card terminal may ask if you want your transaction in the local currency or in your home currency. This is a currency conversion scam. If you say your home currency (and most people do) the ATM/payment terminal will do the exchange and maybe charge a fee which is much worse than that which Visa or MasterCard might have charged. Avoid that by always choosing the local currency, even though that is less familiar to you.

jim evans · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Whenever I take a cab and I have luggage I don't pay the fare until I have my luggage out of the trunk. The way to beat the shell game, do this only one, hold down two shells, and the marble will always be there because the con is the person doing this has moved marble to hand and with your hand on two shells he has to put it in only one left.

DJ D · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Be careful at the bus/transfer check-in desk at t2 Barcelona airport! They like to scam you out of your luggage there and the police in the airport are fucking useless. Whats the point in having cctv when they couldn't be bothered using it! Also be careful of certain nationals South of Europe who come into the airport empty handed but miraculously leave the airport with their loot! Low life filth

Connie Victoria · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Beware the beautiful dark haired woman with a baby in a carriage just down from the Shelborne Hotel in Dublin. First pickpocket to get me ever. It’s that damn beguiling Irish accent. Yeah, the airport taxi thing too.

Gerald Spessard · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

France has always been a country to be cautious in and especially Paris. Spain, what can I say. Hasn't been a power since the 1680s. Why would you want to see a looser. As for the rest of Europe, it won't be there long. And it's history obliterated. Jolly old England as well. They were so inclusive that they included themselves in an exit plan. Dumshits. I think that could be German for idiots. Idk

Morgan Davis · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Never trust AirBNB WiFi.

DDLP · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

2014…Taxi's??? Not anymore…good advice otherwise.

Susan wu · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

And the “it’s free!” Scam. They will tell you “Oh this bracelet is free!” “This cd is free!” and they will tie it on you or sign it with you name on it and they will try to make conversation, and when the times come to move on, they will ask for “a little tip” and then if you refuse, they’ll snatch it out of you hand and go.
It’s not really a scam if you just refuse to give them money. But it’s a waste of everybody’s time and it’s better if you just ignore them completely.

Rigo Ibarra · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Be careful when transferring planes in London’s Heathrow Airport. In had my cash stolen by the actual security agents that were scanning my bags!

Karl Park · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Thanks Wolters for the upload. Your tips were big help when I went to Paris a couple of years ago. Just use your common sense, be alert and aware of your surroundings.

rea L · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm


Jay Sterling · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Turn off your phone. Or if you're expecting an important call put it on vibrate. Wear the phone inside your shirt , on your arm or neck( there's holsters for this ).

Jim Halfpenny · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

You always feel nervous in London

Romeo Nijsse · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

"duty free shopping" is also a big scam in my opinion. The airport may not be paying taxes, but the prices are still very high! (This is the case at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam)

tkell31 · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Got swarmed by kids in Paris. Haha, little monsters tried to take something from my friend, but I saw them trying and flipped. They ran, but it was common to see people getting swarmed by beggars or kids.

Oleg Petroff · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm


Gaurd · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Yes this is true for the most part, but when I went with my school to Spain, and my group was in the metro in Barcelona, a Cop got on in an Orange vest and started talking loudly to make sure everyone had everything because he had someone who was pick pocketed complain to him (albeit a local), but I have also heard that even Police get pick pocketed in Spain, although I'm sure it happens in other touristic countries too.

Vikingsandra · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Getting robbed in Barcelona is a classic, sadly. The only time I was robbed it was in a bar in Raval a neighborhood in Bcn and my bag was gone. Just like that. I reported it to the police and they litetally laughed at me saying I looked like a tourist…😤
Also watch out on the beaches especially in Spain. The minute you leave your bag unattended, say to go for a swim, someone will come by and steel your bag within seconds! They are very fast and they observe you.

Bille994 · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

I feel so bad for people coming to Western Europe getting scammed like this. Remember it's gypsies doing it about 99% of the time, never decent European citizens. We're good, law abiding people in general 🙂

YouToralf · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Asking hotel to arrange taxi for you is not a smart idea at all 🙂

Crosswalker91711 · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

I drive to Las Vegas, it's only 380km from my house

Johanna Quinones · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

not necessarily a scam but i was in San Cristobal, Mexico once and I was eating a corn in a cup while roaming the streets, a child came up to me asking for something and i didnt really pay attention as i was too busy sight seeing. The child literally punched my thigh and snatched my snack and took off

Mark Vic · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Monster X · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Basically the gypsies are a mennace

Angela Martin · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

What these scammers don’t realize is that they’re only deterring tourist. I love Europe with a passion but I stopped going because scams are absolutely everywhere. I can’t go anywhere without having to worry and be anxious.

Sugata Banerji · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Hello, my wife and I are long time fans of your channel but I'm commenting for the first time. I wanted to let everyone know about how I was scammed in Rome recently. We took a taxi legally at the station, and the fare was 47 Euros. The driver kept talking to us, interacting with our little baby and saying how he has four babies at home etc. On reaching our BNB as my family was taking the bags out, the guy said, "pay me now". I was in the front seat. I took out a 50 Euro note and extended it towards him. He took it from my hand and IMMEDIATELY, WITHOUT REMOVING IT FROM MY SIGHT, returned it to me saying, "That's a 10 Euro note. Give me 47." It was basically a very good sleight of hand, like magicians do. Both the 50 and the 10 are red colored notes, and so I wasn't sure I wasn't making a mistake, so I gave him 50 more and he returned 3 and left. Afterwards we counted our money and realized we had been scammed. 😢

Rod Jones · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Not sure f this would always work for ladies, but for men – in your hotel room, place the bank notes you are going to need that day on the cuff of your shirt sleeve. Roll the cuff up two or three times, so that the notes (bills) are in the folded-up sleeve.
The best pickpocket in the world can't get them there. From time to time, in the bathroom for example, transfer a few bills out and roll your sleeve back up.
In mainland Europe, not so much the UK, beggars are very often Romanian Roma (gypsies) and they are part of organised, professional gangs. These are also the people that do the children scam.
If someone approaches you on the street for whatever reason, keep walking. Don't stop – keep on walking. A moving target is much harder to hit.

travelvideos · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

These are not scams, but thefts. Taxi scam was a scam. To avoid taxi scam don't take taxis from airports and ports. I was scammed in Helsinki taxi, maybe because my ride was too short.

White boy · July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Cultural enrichment at its finest

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