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World's Worst Travel Scams

The Newspaper Attack, Rome

Gari Wyn Williams/Alamy

The Newspaper Attack

Where: Rome

The Scam: A group of gypsy children surrounds you, waving newspapers in your face. The papers are merely to confuse you and block your view as the youths reach into your pocket and grab your bag—or anything else they can get their hands on.

Advice: Firmly brush past them and move away quickly—and shout for help if you need it.

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