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  1. Deeptha
    September 14, 2018 @ 9:57 pm

    That’s a big list of scams! I feel, in almost every part of the world there are people trying to trick tourists with travel scams! It’s sad and a bit scary at the same time!

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

      Indeed, Deeptha. One cannot be too careful when traveling abroad

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  2. Erin
    September 15, 2018 @ 6:46 am

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea! I’m hoping to head to Eastern Europe sometime I. The next 1-2 years! This information is so helpful! 😍

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    • dankiteski
      September 15, 2018 @ 7:51 pm

      Thank you Erin, I’m glad you could get some useful information for your upcoming trip

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  3. Julia
    September 15, 2018 @ 10:04 pm

    Learned a lot from this post! So many great tips.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

      Thanks Julia, I’m glad to hear that

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  4. sheena
    September 15, 2018 @ 11:18 pm

    Wow! I had no idea there are so many different ways to get scammed in Eastern Europe. This is really useful! I’ve always had plans to visit Poland and Russia at some point so will definitely bookmark this for the future!

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 7:13 pm

      I’m glad you could get some useful tips from this article, Sheena. Eastern Europe is a bit different than Western Europe and one can never be too careful. I hope you have a great upcoming trip 🙂

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  5. Theresa
    September 15, 2018 @ 11:40 pm

    No matter how smart you are, you can always be tricked! Keep your eyes open and your hand on your wallet. It would be hard not to try to catch a flying “baby” though. Yikes.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

      Indeed, Theresa. Some of these people are ruthless in their attempts to get to your pockets. One can never be too careful

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  6. Sina
    September 16, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    Wow, so many scams I’ve never heard of. I came across the friendship bracelet scam in Paris before and currency exchange scams are also a problem in big cities like London. It’s sad that there so many different scams and I wonder what long term effects it has on tourism as I’m not sure if people are happy to return after an experience like that?! I know that bad experiences have put me off in the past…

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 8:38 pm

      Indeed that’s true, Sina but these scams happen on an individual level and are related to luck and cautiousness. As for luck, there’s not much we can do but we can at least warn travelers about the common tourist scams that happen in this part of Europe

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  7. Adrenaline Romance
    September 16, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

    Wow! Those are some interesting scams! Here in the Philippines, the Good Samaritan scam is somewhat more common than the others mentioned in this article.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

      I have heard that about the Philippines even though I never visited. I guess some of these scams can be found in a lot of countries across the world but some are typically Eastern European 🙂

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  8. umiko
    September 16, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

    Wow! Look how many tricks people do to get something from tourists. I know #2 happened in Bali all the time. Thank you for sharing this useful information.

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

      Indeed, there are. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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  9. Kathleen
    September 16, 2018 @ 10:32 pm

    these are such good tips, deff saving this article!

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    • dankiteski
      September 16, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful, Kathleen

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  10. Anwesha Guha
    September 17, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    My mind is still reeling after reading all the scams in eastern Europe. It looks to be very difficult to be a tourist in these countries and avoid any of this scams.

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    • dankiteski
      September 18, 2018 @ 9:17 am

      I didn’t mean to scare you off from visiting Eastern (and Southeastern) Europe, Anwesha. It’s relatively safe to travel around anywhere in Europe. I just wanted to let people know what are some of the common scams that happen around here just to be more cautious when visiting.

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  11. Jing
    September 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    I didn’t know there are a lot of sorts of scams in Eastern Europe. Some of these seem similar in Asian countries, like the Good Samaritan and the slow count (some would do the opposite…count the change fast and you wouldn’t notice they’d slip a bill after counting and handing over the change). Wherever we travel, this post reminds me to be vigilant and alert to avoid scams.

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    • dankiteski
      September 18, 2018 @ 9:15 am

      Indeed, Jing. Scam artists are everywhere. They just have different methods of operating or like you mentioned, sometimes even the methods could be quite similar.

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  12. Annick
    September 18, 2018 @ 4:29 am

    It’s so scary that a few bad apples ruin an entire visit. It isn’t fair to other Eastern Europeans. I’ve heard of most of these scams and they happen a bit less in other countries-like the cab that gives you back less money. Very sad.

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    • dankiteski
      September 18, 2018 @ 9:14 am

      Indeed, Annick but scam artists are everywhere. They just have different methods of operating. Sometimes even those are the same. Anyway, the point of this article isn’t to discourage anyone from visiting Eastern and Southeastern Europe but rather to be cautious about some of the most common tourist scams 🙂

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  13. Yukti
    September 18, 2018 @ 7:44 am

    Oh, so many scams and it looks that anyone can be trapped too. I had faced Helping a hand type of scam in Italy on Rome railway station. Broken camera and stripping girl scam are the new ones which I have never heard of. Currency exchange scam happens in many parts of the world. Thanks for keeping us aware with the list of many well known and some unique scams.

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  14. Jas
    September 19, 2018 @ 1:24 am

    It’s scary how many scams there are in Europe!!! I remember encountering something similar to the friendship bracelet while in France. I ignored the guy and he actually kept following me and yelling and it was terrifying. Thanks so much for educating the rest of us about all these things we should be careful of. Definitely sharing this with my friends!

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    • dankiteski
      September 19, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

      I know, Jas. These people can be really annoying. At one point many people give up and give them money just to get rid of them

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  15. Shaily
    September 19, 2018 @ 7:43 am

    OMG this post is an eye opener! I can’t believe the innovative tricks these people use to extort money. This must be a very scary experience for anyone who has encountered these scams. Thanks for creating the awareness. I need to share it with all my traveller friends. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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    • dankiteski
      September 19, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

      Thank you Shaily. You’re absolutely right. If only some people could use this creativity for creating something valuable…

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  16. The doorstep cat
    September 19, 2018 @ 10:01 am

    You know many of them occur in Rome too! And I will add this tip too: never load the trunk of your car and leave it unattended! A client of mine did it before checking out and when he got back to his car his luggage was gone!

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    • dankiteski
      September 19, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

      Yes, unfortunately, that still happens too. I’m sorry to hear your client had such an unpleasant experience.

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  17. Bhusha
    September 21, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    Oh dear Lord. This is pretty scary. I’m planning a couple of Eastern Europe trips next year. I’ll keep these in mind and I’ve forwarded this to my friends who are accompanying too…

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    • dankiteski
      September 23, 2018 @ 9:40 pm

      Well, it doesn’t mean that every tourist falls a victim of this scam but you should certainly keep your eyes open.

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  18. Vedante | The Lavish Nomad
    October 9, 2018 @ 10:45 am

    Oh wow there are so many scams going around I didn’t know about. A very useful article for any traveler!

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  19. WanderlustBeautyDreams
    October 9, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

    This is such a useful informative post! I got scammed my first in Europe with street art vendors in Florence. Will be sharing this post!

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    • dankiteski
      October 9, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you had to go through that. Hopefully, more travelers read this kind of articles to prevent that from happening to them in the future. Thank you for the share

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  20. Martina
    November 3, 2018 @ 4:48 pm

    OMG! What countries do you consider Eastern Europe? I’m almost afraid to go back home after this article, because I do explore beyond my own country limits when I’m there… Also I feel like most of these scams can be applied around the world as some people in comments already mentioned.

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    • dankiteski
      November 5, 2018 @ 10:54 am

      Perhaps I should have emphasized that I refer to Eastern and Southeastern Europe both. However, this article doesn’t mean that these things happen all the time. I wrote it to make the average traveler more aware of what are some worst-case scenarios that could happen on the road.

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