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MOFA warns travelers to Europe of possible scams

TAIPEI--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday advised Taiwanese citizens heading to Europe to be alert to possible scams while abroad, citing recent cases of fraud in the United Kingdom and tainted alcohol in the Czech Republic.

One of the cases involved a Taiwanese tourist who was conned into buying a debit card from a scammer while traveling in the UK, said Hsu Mien-sheng, director-general of the ministry's Department of European Affairs, at a news briefing.

The Taiwanese national was later caught and sentenced to jail after being arrested for using the counterfeit card to make payments at local stores, Hsu added.

Citing the increased numbers of Taiwanese travelers to Europe after Taiwan was granted visa-free privileges by the European Union in late 2010, Hsu urged Taiwanese nationals to be alert to the existence of fraud schemes when traveling in Europe.

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