News

French police arrest three Eiffel Tower tourist tricksters

May 6, 2022 09:54 PM


Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

French police arrested three people Friday accused of tricking unsuspecting tourists into playing a rigged shell game at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, a police source told AFP.

The two men and a woman, originally from Romania, were arrested in the northeastern Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis following a months-long investigation.

Police seized more than 16,000 euros (almost $17,000) in cash, three luxury cars, foreign currency and money transfer slips, the source said.

They suspect the three of deceiving tourists into betting on a shell game - where the victim tries to guess which cup hides a ball - with the promise of winning significant amounts of cash if successful.

The tourist is lured in by fake players and never wins.

"The entry ticket was 50 euros and each table could earn up to 1,000 euros an hour," the source said.

The investigation led by the Paris police prefecture's illegal immigration unit began in October 2021.

Investigators identified about forty fake players and lookouts involved with half a dozen tables, the source added. All of them were from Romania.

In recent weeks, French police have conducted several operations to fight against scams or irregular street vendors, as tourists flock back to the City of Light with the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most famous buildings and welcomes some seven million visitors a year.

 



Most Read

  1. Public Holiday announced in Lahore tomorrow Public Holiday announced in Lahore tomorrow
  2. Solar panel rate sinks massively in Lahore Solar panel rate sinks massively in Lahore
  3. Hina Rizvi ties the knot with Ammar Ahmed Khan Hina Rizvi ties the knot with Ammar Ahmed Khan
  4. Police claim girl seen in sub-inspector’s video was his second wife Police claim girl seen in sub-inspector’s video was his second wife
  5. Foreigners safe after suicide-bomber targets their van in Karachi Foreigners safe after suicide-bomber targets their van in Karachi
  6. LHC orders steel mill demolition over pollution LHC orders steel mill demolition over pollution

Opinion

  1. Islamabad becoming the hub of international diplomacy
    Islamabad becoming the hub of international diplomacy

    By Salim Bokhari

  2. Insights into the Pakistan Stock Exchange's Recent Record High Triumph
    Insights into the Pakistan Stock Exchange's Recent Record High Triumph

    By Zulfiqar Ali Mir

  3. IMEC to sabotage CPEC
    IMEC to sabotage CPEC

    By Dr Asif Channer

  4. 1947 TO FORM 47
    1947 TO FORM 47

    By Dr Asif Channer

  5. Beijing wants to further highlight industrial sector in its country and take scientific innovation to new heights....
    Beijing wants to further highlight industrial sector in its country and take scientific innovation to new heights....

    By Ali Ramay

  6. Global race: China will reduce its unnecessary expenses
    Global race: China will reduce its unnecessary expenses

    By Ali Ramay