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It's the last day of a wonderful tour of Spain.  It is time to check out of the hotel and do some shopping before departure.  In a purse store, Nancy reaches over to get a purse to look at for possible purchase.  Suddenly, the purse she is carrying is lighter.  Yes, her wallet is gone, credit cards and all.  Now what?  She tells the tour director who says that there is no time for a police report and it wouldn't help anyway.  But when she arrives home her debit card insurance required a police report.

Be careful on busy streets

It was toward the end of Dottie's time in Spain and she wanted to see the Picasso Museum before leaving.  As she began to cross the street approaching the museum, she observed a group of men nearing her and then they surrounded her and then she heard someone screaming, and realized she was the one.  She grabbed her purse and struggled.  Shop keepers came to help her but in the end, she had her purse and wallet but her passport was gone.  It was a difficult additional trip to Madrid to secure another passport.

Wing was attending a professional meeting in Austria.  He and some friends were in a park enjoying a lovely day and a break from meetings.  A man carrying a camera approached the group requesting that someone take his picture.  Being agreeable, Wing accepts the camera and begins to take the picture, when the man says, "no, please back up".  Being agreeable, he backs up a couple of times until he is in some bushes.  At that point, two large men in leather jackets claiming to be police, tell him to show his identification.  They say this is an area where drug deals go on and they have to check his monies to see if he was dealing drugs.  Being totally unprepared for this situation, he showed the money and received most of it back.  It wasn't until the "Police" left and he checked his money that he realized several hundred dollars worth of monies were gone.

You are an easy mark on a train

Loretta and Bernard were boarding a train from France to Germany to attend a ceremony where their nephew was receiving an award.  A nice man appeared and offered to help place the bags on an upper rack as they were having trouble doing this.  What a nice person, they thought.  "I probably should have tipped him", Bernard thought.  Soon afterwards, they went to eat in the dining car and when Bernard went to pay, no wallet.  Fortunately, Loretta had her credit card.  When attempting to report the problem, France said to wait until Germany.  Germany, when they arrived, said that France should have reported this.  Finally, a call did get through to the credit card company and a new card was delivered just before they left for home.

Be careful of busy places

Barbara and Leon had just arrived in Warsaw to attend a professional meeting, and were walking to their hotel with a few items.  Less than a block from the hotel, a man stopped them holding a map and asked where something was.  They stopped for a minute to figure out what he wanted.  Suddenly, two large men surrounded them.  They were wearing leather jackets and presented a badge, saying they were Police and this was a drug dealing area.  They requested identification, and wanted to see the money to supposedly determine if a drug deal had taken place.  They riffled through the money giving it back, so it seemed.  It was in the hotel room, when the loss of hundreds of dollars was discovered.  The hotel staff said that a visit to the Police would not be helpful and would take most of the day. By the end of the conference, it was became known that at least five other conference attendees had been duped by the same group.

Marilyn and George were traveling from Krakow to Warsaw by train.   As George took his seat in the first class compartment after hauling many pieces of luggage into the car, he commented that his wallet had been stolen.  He was less upset than one might expect.  It seems that his real wallet was safe and sound, in his fanny pack.  The wallet that had been stolen, contained Slovinian money which he couldn't exchange and the wallet was ready for the garbage.  He was only saving this to show his grandchildren, in Wisconsin.  Is there a lesson here?

Please send : Reports of additional scams you know of or have been involved in and/or suggestions as to how to handle these problems to [email protected].

A few tips:  Consult TRAVEL.STAT.GOV.  Check out travel insurance. Sign your passport.  Travel light.

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