How it works:
- There are scammers (some even dressed up as priests/nuns) who wait outside churches and pressure you to put money into donation boxes seemingly from the church.
Places to beware:
- Rome: Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano, Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
- Venice: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
What to do:
- Decline – real donation boxes are usually within temple compounds and not forced, though certain areas may require a donation/entry fee to access.