The Gypsy Baby Toss
Where: Italy, Eastern Europe

The Scam: Here’s a variation of the Newspaper Attack, as told by Peter
Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News: the victim—usually a single
female traveler—is approached by a gypsy woman carrying a baby in a
blanket, who tosses the child into the arms of the victim. Cohorts
grab the victim’s purse, wallet, camera, and anything else they can
snatch amid the confusion. After the crooks run away, the victim
discovers that the “baby” is nothing more than a doll.

Advice: Avoid gypsies and beggars on the street, and move away if they
try to approach you.