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Don't fall for the "bracelet scheme"

Where: Rome and Paris


The Scam: “Someone, usually quite charming, comes up to you offering
directions or sightseeing advice. Suddenly, the person ties a woven bracelet around your wrist in a
double knot, then demands payment. If you refuse, he screams that you’re stealing the
bracelet,” says Karen Schaler, author of Travel Therapy. Victims are often so
unnerved that they end up paying the handful of euros.


Advice: Beware of overly friendly people who approach you on the street
offering courtesies you neither want nor need.

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