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Scams On Tourists In Rome

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With thousands of Catholic pilgrims to arrive in Rome next week for the beautification ceremony of the late Pope John Paul II, police have been keeping an eye on hotels and businesses who are trying to take advantage of tourists.  More than 300,000 euros have been collected in fines from business owners along with the closing of six hotels. 

While in March, an American tour guide was accused of promoting a sales scam to tourists by charging them 165 euros for a fake ticket granting access to the free ceremony honoring Pope John Paul II to be held on May 1, 2011 in St. Peter’s Square.

Read more from ANSA about how the police are cracking down on businesses in Rome