Amanda Rollins, 34, moved to Paris six years ago from MassachusettsNow, she gives people tips on the city of lights on her TikTok channelShe most recently warned tourists about the ‘clear cup’ scam
An American woman living in France has issued a warning to people traveling to Paris to watch out for the ‘clear cup’ scam that is overtaking the streets.
Amanda Rollins moved to Paris six years ago from Massachusetts, and has never looked back.
Since leaving the US, the 34-year-old has been sharing tips on visiting or living in France with her more than 912,000 TikTok followers.
Recently, the American-turned-Parisian told tourists to be cautious while exploring the city of lights because homeless people are becoming ‘aggressive’ with one of the most ‘common scams.’
Amanda Rollins, 34, is an American woman living in France who has issued a warning to people traveling to Paris to watch out for the ‘clear cup’ scam that is overtaking the streets
Since leaving the US, the 34-year-old has been sharing tips on visiting or living in France with her more than 912,000 TikTok followers
Recently, the American-turned-Parisian told tourists to be cautious while exploring the city
She captioned the viral video, which has so far amassed upwards of 28.2 million views, ‘Clear cup scam in Paris. These guys are out here every day and the police control them constantly.
‘They can get aggressive with you so just keep walking if it ever happens to you.’
At the beginning of the clip, she said: ‘This is one of the most common scams you’re going to find in Paris – the clear cup scam.’
Then, Amanda showed a video of the scheme in action.
The clear cup scam is when a homeless person puts a couple of coins in a clear cup and places it far out in front of them, in the middle of the sidewalk.
They do this so that people can knock the cup over and their guilt will then convince them to give the homeless person money.
‘They place it very far out in high-traffic areas knowing that people will probably knock it over,’ she explained.
‘These guys are out here everyday and when the police see them, they will take away their cups and their stuff and tell them to get out of here because they know what they’re doing is dishonest and a scam.’
She showed the scam in action, and explained that the clear cup scam was when a homeless person put a couple of coins in a clear cup and placed it far out in front of them
People flooded the comments section and expressed their shock
She went on to explain that if tourists knock over the cup and don’t give them money, then they will get aggressive and start ‘yelling.’
Amanda noted that one of her followers even shared that she knocked over one of the cup, but didn’t put any money inside – prompting the homeless man to spit on her.
At the end of the clip, she said: ‘If you’re here in Paris and you knock over the cup, don’t feel obligated to give money unless you want to, and if they start getting loud with you just keep walking.’
People flooded the comments section and expressed their shock.
One person said: ‘I knew about this scam in Paris but saw some older American ladies fall for it. It was sad.’
Another user added: ‘They do this in London. They’re in a ring and it’s not a real homeless person.’
Someone else wrote: ‘Literally gave a $20 to a little boy because I felt so bad and knew immediately I got scammed.’
‘Paris is so trash,’ a fourth person added.
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American woman who lives in Paris issues warning about ‘clear cup scam’ being used to target unknowing tourists in the city