Avoid These Common Tourist Scams in London England
If your travel plans include a visit to England, then be sure to check out these popular tourist – 🕵 London Travel Scams.
Making yourself aware of these forms of crime before leaving to a desired destination, can save you a great deal of aggravation and becoming a victim of this type of 🚔 criminal behavior.
These types ofscams are found in most any popular tourist destination in the 🌎 world.
Over 15 million people visit London annually, making this a very desirable location for scammers to prey on tourists!
A Few of the More Popular London Travel Scams in Town
London Travel Scams – Electronic Devices
With London’s population well over 8 million people, its easy for 🚔 criminals who prey on tourists ,to hide in the dense crowds and pounce on unsuspecting visitors.
One of the most popular scams and thefts among tourists are 📱 Cell Phones.
Usually thieves will work in pairs, in very popularand busy trendy areas with; shopping, bars and restaurants. If they see you with your 📱 cell phone or tablet, one of the individuals will approach you and cause a distraction of some sort.
The other person quickly grabs your electronic device and is gone!
As well, younger kids on 🚴 bicycles have been known to ride up to you, snatch your device from you and ride away!
Last reported, there are over 300 cellphones stolen every day in London during the peak tourist season. They are then sold off at used cell phone and electronic device shops.
Be aware of your surrounding always and never leave your phone or device unattended or out in the open for someone to grab from you.
Dont bury your head and get lost in your device as so many do these days, without looking around and being aware of whats going on around you!
London Travel Scams – Pickpockets
One of the busiest areas and attractions in London for tourists is – Trafalgar Square and with this, comes a huge criminal element of thieves.
In particular, pickpocket artists who also and in many cases, like to work in pairs.
These people are so quick and clever that in most cases, you wont have any idea that your wallet has been taken right from you, until you notice it missing later on.
These people also use a distraction of some sort to grab your attention, while the other simply grabs your wallet and/or valuables.
This distraction can be bumping into you, which is very popular on – 🚉 Subway Trains or congested areas.
For example, a person pretending to be a tourist, will will approach and ask you to take their 📸 photo. Often, they will then drop something on the ground, pretending that it was yours to grab your attention.
The other grabs what they can while you’re distracted!
Ive mentioned this before in previous articles and is soooo important to remember for men and women.
Never carry a wallet in your back pocket!
Keep it hidden away or secure in a front pocket. If you can manage without it in high traffic areas, that is always best.
Try to never carry an unzipped open type 👜 purse with you. Always keep it well guarded and tight in front of you, especially in heavily congested areas.
Beware Of Human Statues In Popular Tourist Areas
If you travel a fair bit and in particular to popular tourist destinations such as London, then Im sure you have run into these – 🗽 Human Statues on streets and sidewalks.
You know the ones that dress up and act as if they are frozen and dont move a muscle and grab your attention!
Well, a few of these individuals also work with pickpockets in crowded tourist areas, or they use these zones to prey on people. While your attention is focused on this statue person, the other simply swipes your wallet from your person, or from inside an open purse.
Quick and easy for them!
London Travel Scams – Nightclubs And Bars
For those people who like to enjoy partying into the wee hours at 🍹 nightclubs and bars, beware of this – False Friend Scam.
A complete stranger will befriend you in or outside a bar for example, and ask if you would like to continue to party with them elsewhere.
Dont fall into this trap which is so easy to do while on vacation, especially if you’ve had a little too much to drink .
They will ask you for as much cash as they can to buy more liquor and other items. These criminals will simply take your money and be gone.
Its great to party, but remember you are in unfamiliar territory and criminals will be watching you, to make you a target for them if they can.
Never go anywhere with a stranger alone at night, you are just asking for trouble!
In many bars in the Soho District that offer lady entertainers, you will be charged a door fee and inflated prices for a simple drink. As well and it is quite common, as in many touristy areas around the world, to be charged for drinks you never even purchased.
You will not be able to leave the premise until you pay and in many cases, this can be a very dangerous situation!
Many years ago when I was much younger, this exact scam happened to our group in a popular resort destination while on vacation. We partied at a popular and very busy restaurant/bar and when it was time to pay the bill, there were a number of extra charges added to our bill.
We simply had to 💵 pay or go to jail!
These are just a few of the more popular London Travel Scams, much like most at most any popular tourist destinations in the world, to be aware of.
Safe and Healthy Travels!
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