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20 Tourist Scams to Watch Out for When Abroad

GOBankingRates Logo By Autumn Rose of GOBankingRates | Slide 2 of 21: <p>The newspaper trick is especially common in Rome, according to Travel+Leisure. Here’s how it happens: You’re walking down the street and a group of children surrounds you. They seem innocent enough, until they begin waving newspapers at you. You become distracted, and the children grab your purse or bag or pickpocket your wallet.</p><p>If you should ever find yourself in this type of situation, move away quickly and lightly brush the children aside if needed. If the situation is too much to handle, don’t be afraid to call for help.</p><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/avoid-12-scary-money-scams/">How to Avoid These 12 Horrifying Money Scams</a></strong></p>

1. The Newspaper Trick

The newspaper trick is especially common in Rome, according to Travel+Leisure. Here’s how it happens: You’re walking down the street and a group of children surrounds you. They seem innocent enough, until they begin waving newspapers at you. You become distracted, and the children grab your purse or bag or pickpocket your wallet.

If you should ever find yourself in this type of situation, move away quickly and lightly brush the children aside if needed. If the situation is too much to handle, don’t be afraid to call for help.

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