Travel Picks: Top 10 tourist scams

Fri May 28, 2010 1:08am EDT
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - As weather gets warmer and travel season begins to ramp up, so do the efforts and imaginations of street criminals looking to part tourists from their money.

Travel website ( has come up with a list of the top 10 tactics thieves use to scam tourists.

"Most of these scams aren't terribly elaborate which is part of what makes them so dangerous, especially considering how distracted tourists are to begin with," website general manager Giampiero Ambrosi explained.

"While we've pinpointed the countries where these crimes seem to pop up most frequently, any one of them could happen just about anywhere."

This list is not endorsed by Reuters

1. Fool's Gold; France

If you're walking the streets of Paris and someone appears to have found a gold ring at your feet, congratulate them and keep on walking. The ring is a plant and the person who pretends to have found it will use just about any sob story to get you to buy it off them.

2. Monkey Business; Bali, Indonesia

Proving that thieves don't always come in human form, the monkeys at Bali's Uluwatu Temple are notorious for swiping from tourists everything from sunglasses to cameras and then running off into nearby bushes. Seconds later, their conniving trainer, dressed as a temple official, appears to report that if given a few rupiah to buy bananas, he can coerce the monkeys into giving back the booty.   Continued...