Young people most at risk from holiday scams
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Getting taken advantage of when you’re abroad on holiday enjoying yourself is never fun or easy to deal with. A recent study has outlined some of the key areas and places where British holidaymakers specifically have been swindled – including the top ten countries for scams overall. It comes as no surprise that the worst countries for tourist scams currently stand as the ones most frequently visited by Brits, with the top three being Spain, France and Italy. Obviously this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should avoid them like the plague, but taking extra caution when travelling through Europe should probably be a given. More surprisingly however, our very own United Kingdom ranked at number eight on the same list, with London being very firmly the country’s most crime-ridden city. 34% of those questioned said that they had been pick-pocketed in the capital, with the majority of these being 18-24 year olds; men were apparently the most targeted. Such statistics seem to continue abroad also, with 18-24 year olds being the most likely to be pick-pocketed across Europe and over 30% of the age group witnessing other forms of street crime in some form. As a result, 20% of young people have found themselves going well over budget in their holiday plans and some even end up returning home in debt.
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