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What are the latest scams & hustles in Parisian travel?

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OK, so the "robbed in Italy" post got me to thinking, it's been almost a decade since I've travelled to Paris, and this time we'll have two children with us. That's almost a guarantee of being a bigger potential target. Not that I'm paranoid or worried, but just that it's probably wise to know what some of the latest scams and tricks are to be mindful of. Maybe which neighborhoods or attractions to be wary of, etc. Lingo or buzzwords or behaviors to be wary of.

Obviously one shouldn't stand around Gare Du Nord looking lost or distracted with an ipad dangling haphazardly out of an open handbag. (I've seen large groups of tourists looking like this in almost every European train station I've ever arrived in.)

But I do think it's helpful and important to know what to look for these days... either in general and in Paris specifically.

Back in the good ol' days of the nineties, back before iPhones and iPads and wifi, back when they had money called Lire and Francs, back when passports were tucked deep into money belts that fit comfortably under my pre-baby jeans, back when I could pack everything I needed into a carryon... oh wait... got lost reminiscing. :-)

Can't wait to go back, scams and hustles and pickpockets be damned!

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