I’m all for helping people, especially the elderly, but next time I’m traveling around Europe (especially London) I’ll be on the lookout for a scam before I lend a hand. According to this post from GoBankingRates.com, it’s one of the “20 Tourist Scams to Watch Out for When Abroad.”
From the post, here’s how it works: “A woman, typically an elderly woman, will make a huge commotion by falling down. Accomplices will then quickly move throughout the crowd, pickpocketing and grabbing purses. It’s important to remain as attentive and cautious as possible to avoid scams like this. If you see any suspicious activity and suspect a tumbling woman scam, step aside and keep an eye on your valuables.”
I don’t agree with the part about stepping aside in that situation. But if I see something like this, I won’t drop my luggage and will make sure my wallet is in my front pocket and that my wife doesn’t let her guard down with her purse.
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