"Watch out for hustlers who use..." Athens Warnings Or Dangers Tip by starchaser

Athens Warnings and Dangers: 196 reviews and 109 photos

Watch out for hustlers who use their Greek charm on you , offering help to find the tourist office, or introducing you to a 'friends' bar across the street. These guys will escort you into a seedy bar and then immediately plonk a prostitute next to you. You NOW know that your night is going seriously wrong so you try to leave the premises as fast as you can - unfortunately doing that results in having some very angry bouncers and Mafia types on you demanding extortionate amounts of money or that you hand over your credit cards to pay them. Luckily , I didn't have any credit cards on me, just a few hundred drachmas in cash. I somehow blagged my way out of a very dangerous situation by convincing them that I was just a poor college student backpacking around the world (i actually was on business travel).

These guys are crafty as they capitalise and exploit the Greek's peoples fantastic hospitality.

Other than that, Athens is a great city - just keep your wits about you and don't talk to strangers in the street.

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  • Written Sep 8, 2002
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