How it works:
- Opening: scammer drops his shoe shine equipment beside you “accidentally”. If you help pick it up, they will offer to provide shoe shine services to you for free.
- Set-up: if you accept, he will converse with you while shining your shoes and casually mention add-on services he is providing. He may also tell you a sob story about his life and make you feel bad for him. Once the service is provided, a hefty payment is demanded.
Places to beware:
- Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Sultanahmet District, Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, Taksim square, Beyoglu, Dolmabache Palace, Eminonu, Valens Aqueduct, Golden Horn
- Izmir: Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)
What to do: