I am very mindful of these scams when i visit Rome or any place. I think if one keeps their antenna up and in every situation ask themselves if they believe there is an angle here, it might protect them from these horrible parasites…
When I got out, I do not engage with anyone as I have no business engaging with people I know nothing about. I stay with my own group and do my best to ignore anyone coming into my company uninvited.
It is a good tip to have the contact numbers of the Police in whatever country and also to photo copy official i.d. documents.
Never carry too much cash at any time. If you see something you’d like to buy you can always return the next day to purchase something. I never carry a lot of cash when I am out sightseeing. I bring an amount that I could survive without If I have the misfortune of being robbed, I could survive it so it wouldn’t spoil my holiday!