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Italy Car Scam

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BEWARE! This is evidently a common rental car scam in Italy. First, all rental cars in Italy are marked with a neon yellow sticker on the gas cap cover telling you what gas to use. So, you're marked as a tourist as you drive around. Here's the scam: Man # 1 comes up behind you on bike or scooter & slashes your rear tire. Then he acts "helpful" & tells you the tire is flat. You pull over & he stays with you. Tries to tell you that it's not safe there, you can't park there, etc., & you have to go with him to a closeby "garage." DON'T do it. They take you to an isolated area & rob you at gun point. We refused & started trying to repair the tire with our inflation kit. Then Man # 2 comes along to be "helpful" & also tries to get you to go to the "garage." They're casing your car & belongings. Once they get a second, one will distract you & the other will steal what they can. In our case, they got my husband's passport. The police can't do anything. The rental agencies all know about this but don't warn anyone. Milan does have a US Consulate if you need another passport. They state that this is the # 2 scam against tourists right now in Italy. So be forewarned! & stay safe out there.

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