How it works:
- Version 1: a beautiful girl or even a well-dressed elderly man approaches, makes small talk, then asks if you would like to get a drink at a bar.
- Version 2: a scammer posing as a local approaches, converses, then asks if you would like go to a bar/restaurant which his brother owns. At the bar: you get swamped by working girls who order overpriced (and diluted) lady drinks on your tab.
Places to beware:
- Athens: Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Plateia Syntagmatos, Syngrou Avenue, Plaka, Hollywood Bar, Reina Bar, El Greco, etc
What to do:
- Avoid: heading to a suggested bar together with a random stranger.
- If not, consider: does the bar seem legitimate? Are there customers? Is the stranger evasive about things? Is he/she only bringing you to a particular restaurant or bar?
- Test your new “friend”: pretend you have company by suggesting to go another place where you have friends at. Ask for prices before ordering. Take a photo together.
- If scammed: threaten to call the police, pay with a credit card but call immediately to dispute the charges. Keep a separate bank account with little cash to limit your losses if threatened.
- Alternatively, GetYourGuide (best day tour platform in Europe) has some pub crawls.