Stay Away from the Three-Card or Shell Trick Scam
When you travel around Paris’ touristy spots, especially the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre, you’ll no doubt see the various three-card trick scams that take place on the public streets. Don’t even stop to watch. It’s a huge scam and this warning is straight from the French government’s website: “The card handler shuffles the cards (or cups) and asks the player to bet a sum of money (50 Euros minimum), for example on the red card, which he must then find from the three cards. If the player succeeds, he receives double his bet, if he fails, he loses it. In practice, the card handler is assisted by two accomplices who pretend to be players in order to make off with the victims’ bets. The card handler will always win and you will always lose.”
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