The city of light is one of the most visited cities in the world! Iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, and the Louvre are just a few of Paris’ amazing attractions. Despite its excellent reputation, there are a few scams to look out for when visiting Paris.
When near the Trocadero, in front of the Eiffel Tower, watch out for young women circulating with clipboards. They target foreigners by asking, “Do you speak English?” Beware, as they are persistent to get signatures for their “petitions,” and possibly even donations. Even if you think you could be doing a good deed, they work in teams and end up pickpocketing tourists swiftly and quietly.
If you’re heading to the Arc de Triomphe, beware of the “golden ring” scam. When walking around, someone will stop in front of you with a ring in their hand that they “found.” The person will offer you the ring, since they cannot keep if for themselves, and will then insist on you paying them, as the ring is “gold.”
Lastly, be weary of the string men who hang around the Sacré-Coeur. These men walk over to people, especially couples, and make conversation. Somehow they manage to grab your wrist and encircle it with a homemade bracelet of colored string. Once you get your bracelet souvenir, they ask for money, and will follow you until you pay them.
The best way to avoid all scams is to ignore anyone trying to catch your attention, and to keep walking.