9 Jul 2017
Came to Paris for a day trip with my family, and we were scammed for 70€ 20 minutes off of the train.
As soon as we walked up to a metro machine to buy tickets, a woman in uniform approached us and asked if we needed help. She did not speak very much English, but we were able to communicate that we wanted 4 all day Metro tickets, two for me and my husband and two for my children.
The woman was very fast with the machine, she quickly navigated us to a screen that said it would cost us 70€ for the tickets we wanted. We were unaccustomed to the prices in the metro, my husband had been to Paris before on a business trip but had only purchased a one-way ticket for himself at the time.
The woman indicated that my husband should insert his credit card, however after he did she told us that it would not work because it was not a French credit card. Honestly, I am amazed at myself for not seeing something was wrong right there. However, the woman said she would use her credit card and we could pay her back, which, stupidly, is exactly what we did, she headed us four metro tickets and my husband gave her 70€. We thanked her and walked away.
Thankfully one of the tickets was being finicky in the machine, so we went to the ticket office to get it to work, where the man informed us that we were holding 4 one-way tickets for children ages 9 and under, not all day tickets for adults and children 12 and up like we thought.
The tickets we had probably cost about 5€. If we had used those, we could have been caight and fined heavily. We ended up buying the correct tickets from the ticket office, which costed us only 20€, not 70€.
Lesson learned, don’t trust anyone in the subway, even those in uniform who may seem like they have good intentions, especially if they approach you and not the other way around. If you are unfamiliar with the metro, go to someone who is behind glass at the ticket office to purchase the tickets.
Don’t assume you are immune to any sort of scam, the people behind them are well practiced and quick. Families should be especially careful. Although that experience left a bad taste in our mouths, we still had a nice day in Paris with our kids.