Moroccan Snake Charmers

How the scam works:

Moroccan snake charmers and water sellers try their best to catch tourists’ attention. They are dressed in very colorful clothes and many travelers have their pictures taken standing beside them.


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Most of them are willing to have the pictures taken, only to make a scene a few seconds later, when they request money for it. It’s nothing big, a couple of dollars, and you might even be willing to give away your change, just to post that picture on Facebook.

How to avoid:

It’s your call if you want to pay them or not. However, you can wait a few minutes first, to see if anybody else does it before you, and how much they are asked for.

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1 thought on “Moroccan Snake Charmers”

  1. This actually happened to me last July 2012. They appeared very friendly and while I suspected they would want some money after posing for a simple photo he demanded £45! I refused and he got very aggressive and was very verbally abusive. He started shouting and more of his buddies came along trying to intimidate me. In the end I gave him £5! And told him where to go. Never ever approach these guys. Nasty piece of work and very disingenuous. Not a nice place to go either!!

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