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"Gypsy Baby Toss" Scam

Where: Italy,
Eastern Europe


The Scam: Here’s a variation of the Newspaper Attack, as told by Peter
Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News: the victim—usually a single female traveler—is
approached by a gypsy woman carrying a baby in a blanket, who tosses the child into the arms of the
victim. Cohorts grab the victim’s purse, wallet, camera, and anything else they can snatch
amid the confusion. After the crooks run away, the victim discovers that the “baby” is
nothing more than a doll.


Advice: Avoid gypsies and beggars on the street, and move away if they try to
approach you.

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