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The two scammers then either threaten to call the police unless the tourist pays them not to get the police involved, or they ask to see the visitor’s money to prove s/he didn’t steal theirs.
When the bill arrives, the host leaves and the establishment sends very large men to force the visitor to pay an exorbitant bill before leaving the premises or face assault.
Arthouse/Rug Sale Scam: A young “art student" will approach a visitor (often at large tourist sites) and ask if s/he likes artwork created by local students.
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