Top scams in Paris

Safety Scouts Advice: Top 5 scams to avoid in Paris

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Don't let a scam ruin your Parisian dream; let a former French policeman guide you on how to avoid the classic scams designed to part you from your valuables.

How to avoid the fake petition trick in Paris, France

Don't sign everything you read! These scams are well developed, for example, young people might offer a fake petition for a deaf association by approaching you with sign language.

Avoiding train robbery in France
The busy metro can be a goldmine for quick-fingered thieves.

How to avoid the bracelet scam
The bracelet scam is one of the most aggressive tourist scams. These people even assaulted the police commissioner of Paris last September, when he was asking them to stop harassing the tourists.

How to avoid the drop scam
This scam is also known as the 'Gold Ring Scam' and the 'Found Wallet Scam'.

How to avoid the gambling scam

The gambling scam is also known as the 'Three-card Monte'. This scam is very old but unfortunately is still happening.


Reprinted with the permission of Safety Scouts Advice.

Safety Scouts AdviceSafety Scouts Advice is a volunteer video project started by Christophe Gadenne, a former French policeman. His short, animated YouTube videos are free and aim to help prevent tourist scams and fraud, both in Europe and abroad. Find out more on Twittter and Facebook.
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1 Comment To This Article

  • David posted:

    on 7th August 2017, 17:49:28 - Reply

    Great article, thanks for the tips! With the Atlantic coast, modern winter resorts on the French Alps, medieval castles, world class gastronomy and many more, France is indeed a fascinating land to visit. However, there are a number of crooks targeting tourists in the country.

    Do be wary of the gold ring scam, Louvre pickpockets, string/bracelet scam, ball and cup/shell game scam, petition scam, rose scam, street vendors, rogue taxi drivers, helpful strangers, charity beggar scam, lost soul scam, clumsy jogger and many more!