There are plenty of scammers in Europe and they run different scams, but they often have one thing in common: The questions they ask are to get knowledge of you and your weaknesses.
Scammers could be anywhere but they often focus on tourist spots. Classic tourist spots may be landmarks, bars, beaches, city centers, restaurants and of course, taxis.
At first glance, a scammer seems to be open-minded och interested in you, but the questions are just a tool for the scammer to determinate if you are a possible victim.
What type of questions does a scammer ask?
Where are you from?
To get a clue which scams that’s fit for you.
How long are you staying?
This is to calculate how long time the scammer has to make a progress with you.
What do you work with?
Another question to help the scammer to chose the right scam.
Where are you staying?
In other words: How much can you pay? Depending on which hotel or hostel you live at, the scammer can understand your economical situation.
Do you speak the local language?
To let the scammer know how to behave in your company. If you speak the local language, the scammer has to be careful when he talks with co-workers.
Is this your first time in this country?
Makes the picture of you more complete. If it’s your first time, you could be an easy target for all types of scams and also some local scams that may exist. I local scam could be that the scammer tells you; this place or restaurant is closed at the moment, but he will show you a better option (that is much more expensive).
How do you distinguish between ordinary people and fraudsters?
Scammers will ask you some of the questions mentioned above.
Ordinary people are more interested in what you have seen and what you’ve done. You can stay calmer if the ask you questions like:
- What do you think of this country?
- Have you visit…?
- Have you eaten…?
- Do you know this word?
And what does the picture on the top symbolize? It means that some people just playing poor as a work, so be careful when you open your wallet. The picture is taken on a crowded street in Prague and is only an illustration and he has maybe nothing to do with this subject.
Read about common scams in Europe here.