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Employ Some Healthy Scepticism When Approached By Police Or Other Officials
cwo3ward @ 09/ 05/ 2010

One of the scams I've read about involve people dressed like police who stop you and demand to see your euros. They claim that they are checking for counterfeit money. They will usually flash some kind of ID and try to look official. If you hand over your wallet for their inspection, it will be returned to you much lighter than it was. They are good at removing the bills while you are distracted.


I had heard of this and when we were walking up to the Acropolis, a man approached us and demanded our tickets for entering the Acropolis. I looked him over and didn't see any ID, uniform or anything that was official looking. So, I just told him "No" and kept walking. He called me and insisted I produce a ticket, so I demanded that he produce some ID. He dug around in a pocket and produced a badge and an ID card that he should have been wearing around his neck. I was finally convinced that he was legitimate and gave him our tickets. But, I was frustrated that a ticket taker would be just wandering in the area near the entrance. The moral of the story is: Don't just blindly hand over your wallet, tickets, money, camera or anything else to anyone who claims to be in authority. There are a lot of scams out there that depend on people being too timid to question authority figures.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, you should not be afraid to tell the imposters that you want to go to the police station and discuss it there.  In most cases, they will back off when they think you are calling their bluff.  Use common sense and stand your ground.

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