A TRAVELLER has warned holidaymakers about a scam currently being carried out in popular Italian holiday destinations.
Tiktoker Kacie Rose came across fraudsters using paintings to force tourists to part ways with their cash during a recent trip to Florence.
She made a video for her almost 1 million followers explaining how the scam works and how to get out of it if you are caught out.
The scammers will place their seemingly valuable paintings on the ground in the middle of the street.
When unsuspecting tourists accidentally step on the cheap printed pictures, the scam artists move in and demand money, sometimes as much as €300 (£252) according to Kacie.
In her video she said: "I'm in Florence and I just saw a scam that you need to watch out for.
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"See those paintings on the ground? That's the scam.
"Basically, what these people will do is they will put paintings down on the ground in really crowded tourist areas or corners that have really really heavy foot traffic.
"Then, when some tourist inevitably steps on it because they're busy looking up at all the pretty buildings and not down at their feet, they will demand money for the painting that you stepped on.
"No matter what, do not pay them. It is illegal."
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