Honza Mikulka & Janek Rubeš from the Honest Guide series on Stream International’s YouTube channel have made it their personal mission to rid Prague’s streets of scams targeting foreign tourists.
In previous videos, Janek has even got into physical altercations with taxi drivers that overcharge their fares and one of Prague’s biggest ripoffs, an Old Town exchange office that advertises 0% commission but gives customers a drastically reduced exchange rate.
They’ve also targeted one of the oldest scams in Prague: shady money changers on Prague’s streets who try to get tourists to change foreign currency for something that might look like Czech crowns, but is actually worthless.
Somehow, scammers like these have been in business for the past 25 years; it used to be Czechoslovakian crowns you had to watch out for, but now it’s Belarussian rubles.
A few months ago, the Honest Guide exposed “Prague’s biggest scam” by filming these shady money changers attempting to rip off tourists.
But the scammers are still on the street. Luckily, so is the Honest Guide, who actually gets some of them to hand over the low-value currency before following one of the scammers and delivering him right into the arms of Prague police.
Unfortunately, as noted at the end of the video, the city of Prague still isn’t taking any proactive action against these con artists. And those who get scammed are unlikely to file police reports or
Increased police presence on Prague’s Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square has led to the scammers prowling side streets. Look out for them outside of “legitimate” exchange offices in tourist-heavy areas.
Better yet, don’t exchange money on the street. Wherever you are.