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Money safety tips

We just got back from our 3rd trip to Montreal! had a fantastic time again! However, this time we did have one bad experience...we had our wallets stolen. Sadly we came to found out that this is not uncommon in Montreal. However, we did find out there are "rings" of people that watch bank machines and then follow you until the opportune moment to take your wallet comes.

We have always taken pride in being "educated" travellers, but were not aware of this type of theft.

So here are some tips for keeping your money safe while travelling.....

never count your money in full view

never announce to friends or spouse how much you took out

do not hand money to friend or spouse in full view

be aware of those around you. ...apparently these people stand around with cell phones and watch to see what direction you go and then you can be followed by as many as 5 different people at various points. Because they change people, you tend not to notice.

If you suspect that you might be targeted....go into a restaurant, a cafe and sit for a bit or hail a cab and leave the

area.

Change the area of where you put the money, they already know where it is, so move it.

Be aware of those around you, not paranoid, just aware.'

If you are carrying a purse, carry one with zipper pockets, not open pouches or pockets, and carry the zippers to the front, so you will notice of someone tries to open it.

Try not to carry much cash, carry debit/credit cards

Keep a photocopy of all your id and cards in the hotel and at home. This will make it easier when you are trying to replace it or just trying to remember account numbers.

Take advantage of the in hotel safety deposit boxes and safes.

Keep a list of the toll free bank and credit card numbers in your hotel...you will need these quickly in order to cancel your cards.

Remember, reacting quickly is the best defense. A thief can max out a credit card before you even know its gone.

Do not carry more ID or cards with you then is necessary...leave excess id and cards at the hotel.

Remember, it can take up to 3 days to have your cards replaced....weeks for driver's licence or health cards

Know where the nearest branch of your regular bank is....again, time is of the essence....we found them all to be very helpful and understanding.

Do not go to the police first....go to your bank! the police can only take a report, they can help you find your walltet and the report is only for credit card companies and in case they find your wallet.

Our incident started at the Canada Trust at McGill and Notre Dame...we know now that we were followed by at least 3 people by the time they took the wallet on St Catherine's street.

Thankfully, we always take our own advice and prevented a much worse situation from occurring.

Remember.....you're on vacation.....they do this everyday to survive!

Happy travelling

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1. Re: Money safety tips

Sorry to hear that, but keep in mind this kinda stuff can happen everywhere.. I am off to Miami in a few weeks and everyone is telling us to watch out.

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2. Re: Money safety tips

Sorry to hear that, but I don't think this is more prevalent in Montreal than in other cities. Sounds like you copied your message from a Let's Go or other publication or this is just a fake situation to let you post your "Money Safety Tips" chain-letter type of message. You make it sound like you were attacked, which would be unusual/unlikely on a busy street like Ste Catherine.

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This is your first post here, as well as on another travel site where I saw your same story. If this really happened I am truly sorry, but some of your story doesn't ring true.

Did the police catch this group? How else do you know it was three people? How many wallets is "our wallets stolen?" What were they doing together? Orni is right when he says it sounds as if you were attacked. What time of day was this?

Who announces in a loud voice, "I got $500, how 'bout you?" As if you just caught a fish.

"Thankfully, we always take our own advice..." Well, I think not, if you were robbed. You make it sound as if there was struggle and you half-thwarted the bandits.

Details!

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"apparently these people stand around with cell phones and watch to see what direction you go and then you can be followed by as many as 5 different people at various points. Because they change people, you tend not to notice." No kidding. We've all watched that episode on 20/20 ....you gotta be careful; that's the bottom line. But saying that "Sadly we came to found out that this is not uncommon in Montreal" is a bit of a stretch.

It's unfortunate that you went through it, and it's understandable that you're angry and all; but it's got nothing to do with Montreal.