Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Almost got scammed at Metro - do you know this one?

Jump to last reply

During my last trip to Paris I got off the Thalys at Garre du Noord. I headed down to the Metro area and was looking to buy Metro tickets to an address I had for my meeting.
I was standing and looking at the big map and a guy approached me in English and asked - "where do you need to go?" - I told him the address and be said No problem follow me. So he goes to the ticket machine which was rather far from where we are standing and starts to operate the machine extremely fast (rolling the roller, clicking the buttons lightning fast).
Then the machine shows €24 on the screen which I found very weird since I knew that a one way ticket is about €1.6 so I ask the guy why such a high price and he replies "because you are driving to a special district and its more expensive".
At that moments my internal alarm bells started ringing and I simply walked away. I looked at what the guy was doing and he did the same as with me and was trying his luck with another foreigner.

So this is the story...
Does anybody know this scam?
What would be have gained had I gone through with the scam ?
Would he swap the high price "fully loaded" ticket with an empty one? Would he run away with the ticket I bought ?
I'm not sure what the main punch line of the scam is...

28 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 1 Month Europe (June 2015) with 3 children, ages 6-11
  2. 2 Paris for a Week – Looking for a Day Trip Outside the City
  3. 3 Suitable jacket for Pyrenees tour in December
  4. 4 Do you want to participate to my TV report for French TV ?
  5. 5 Best luggage for a 7 week trip
  6. 6 Moving to Belfast
  7. 7 UK & Ireland 2 week travel itinerary (looking for input)
  8. 8 4-6 weeks
  9. 9 Amsterdam safety concerns - red light district?
  10. 10 Trip Report Adventures in Italy with Momma
  11. 11 Trip Report Spain and Portugal in Depth
  12. 12 Which Northern Germany international airport?
  13. 13 Trip Report Another Trip of Discovery of Feminine Charm with DW and DD the Younger
  14. 14 Dresden or Leipzig
  15. 15 Zurich to Basel transfer
  16. 16 Why don't the French use shower curtains
  17. 17 flights from San Francisco to Germany
  18. 18 Eiffel tower tickets
  19. 19 Which European Countries Speak the Most English?
  20. 20 Help With Vienna
  21. 21 Help with Tuscany for a week late May/early June
  22. 22 Trip Report A nine day whirl through Istanbul and Cappadocia
  23. 23 Trip Report Five Days With Rabbies in Devon and Cornwall
  24. 24 Trip Report 27-DAY ODYSSEY IN THE ALPS with 3 FINAL DAYS IN PARIS
  25. 25 Trip Report London, Paris, Rome Trip Report
View next 25 » Back to the top