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  • "George" The Scammer
    by JB10
  • Hollywood Bar, Athens
    Hollywood Bar, Athens
    by DenMurphy
  • Old Man Hustler & unsuspecting tourist
    Old Man Hustler & unsuspecting tourist
    by DenMurphy
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    Something that happened to me...

    by Andares Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Something that happened to me and a friend of mine: we were looking for the tourist office (which was closed), and this guy came up to us in Sintagma Square saying he knew where the tourist office was, but that he had better info for us, all we had to do was walk into a building across the street and he'd give us info about ferries, pensions and stuff. That sounded quite strange to us, so we managed to get away. Of course the guy's reaction (he got quite mad) proved that we were right to do that.
    This may sound obvious to those who have traveled around a lot, but for those who are beginners I think it is good that you hear these stories.

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    The single male traveller will...

    by cesargil Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The single male traveller will often be approached being offered help or being invited to a bar to make friends. More 'friends' and beautiful women will appear and they´ll eventually end up paying a huge bill at the bar.
    I was approached twice in this manner but since I had already been informed about it I didn´t fall into this trap.

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    This one is for men. Men will...

    by VzionQuest Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This one is for men. Men will enticed you to go to one of the bars or clubs(mostly likely strip joints) around Omonia. In the very least, they will charge you a fortune for drinks and worse; strippers pickpockets you or rob you. I was warned by the owner of my hotel. Surely enough, I was approached by one around the Temple of Olympian Zeus. These hustlers are very keen and read you like a book. They have props, in my case. Business cards of people from where I live. Anything to gain your confidence. I'll give these people an A+ for salesmanship.

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  • Mar 15, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    well i guess im just another victim of "the charmin' old man". my tab? 160 euros

  • Jan 7, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Yes. I have to agree. BEWARE of the GEORGE guy. Just got 20euros off me yesterday. walked me to the same Hollywood bar and the same style as posted previously. He should go to hell.

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