Scams, Pickpockets, & Things To Look Out For

An informational post to help you remain aware of scams, pickpockets, and things to look out for.  First of all, we feel this is a very safe area to live and rarely hear of any crime.  However, every once in a while we do hear of something and thought we would share the information with you.  Scammers are everywhere in cities big and small, so we hope this helps to keep you informed and to be on the lookout for these things.

Scams, Pickpockets, & Things To Look Out For- An informational post to help you remain aware of scams, pickpockets, and things to look out for.  First of all, we feel this is a very safe area to live and rarely hear of any crime.  However, every once in a while we do hear of something and thought we would share the information with you.  Scammers are everywhere in cities big and small, so we hope this helps to keep you informed and to be on the lookout for these things. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

We are not a replacement for reporting to the Guardia Civil, nor are we a “breaking news” website.  We provide useful information about the area for those living here or visiting.

Unfortunately there are scammers just about everywhere.  We need to do our best to stay informed and aware of our surroundings.  It should go without saying, but always keep your valuables tucked away, where they are not easily accessible by a scammer or pick pocket.

The Helpful Stranger (Pickpockets) – February 2020

Incident: This incident occurred on a Thursday morning.  A man (the victim) was walking along the Paseo del Altillo, near the tourist information kiosk.  From behind a man (the scammer) splashed a disgusting liquid on him that resembled vomit or bird poop.  He turned to confront the man from behind and the scammer said it wasn’t him, it was a bird.

Conveniently, the very friendly and helpful “scammer” had a pack of tissues, a bottle of water, and spoke English.  He proceeded to suggest they walk towards more secluded restaurants to get water and help clean the disgusting liquid off of the victim.  As the scammer helped wipe off the liquid, he was secretly slipping into the pockets of the victim. He was able to pull the money from the wallet and replace the emptied wallet back in the victim’s pocket, without it being noticed.   It wasn’t until later in the day that it was realized the money was missing when he went to spend the money.

Caution: This was reported to the Guardia Civil and apparently this is not an uncommon scam in Almunecar particularly in Majuelo Park.  Please be aware of any “helpful strangers” getting too close or making bodily contact.  Keep your valuables well hidden and close to you.

Valuables Exposed – January 2018

Incident:  A couple was dining at a restaurant, sitting at an outdoor table.  They had their mobile phone sitting on top of the table.  A lady approached them begging for food/money.  Later it was realized the phone was gone from the table.

Caution:  Please keep valuables tucked away, so they are not ripe for the picking.  If you decide to have your phone or valuables on a restaurant table, keep your hand on them when someone approaches.

mobile phone on cafe table

Popular Scams

We have also experienced some travel or tourist scams in Paris and other well-known big cities, like Barcelona.  These are just for awareness and keeping informed when you travel.  We are not saying these have happened locally, but always be aware of your surroundings.

General Safety Tips

  • ATM – When you visit an ATM to get out cash.  Don’t display the money withdrawn, and put it away immediately at the ATM, before walking away.  And be on the lookout for people watching your activities.
  • Be aware in crowded areas and keep your valuables close to you or hidden at all times. (Feria & Festival celebrations, busy markets and the like)

How To Report A Crime

We have all of the instructions on who to contact and how to report a crime or make a complaint (Denuncia).  LINK

More Things To Do in Almuñécar

If this wasn't enough for you or you want more adventurous activities, please review our full list of Things To Do in Almuñécar, including 1/2 day and full day trips from Almuñécar. Things to do in Almunecar Spain. From Almunecar Beaches, to castles there is so much to see and do. Including local activities, day trips, outdoors, Almunecar beaches and more. Read more on www.AlmunecarInfo.com

Organized Tours

If you are heading to the bigger cities of Granada or Málaga check out these great tours.  There are also many for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and many great offers for you. Click here to see their latest Deals!

 


Heidi

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

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