15 Los Angeles Tourist Traps And Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

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Californians: vote up the worst traps and scams tourists should avoid.

The home of the rich and famous is living proof that not all that glitters is gold. There are plenty of Los Angeles tourist traps and Los Angeles grifts. To enjoy your stay in the City of Angels, you might want to read the following list and learn how to avoid tourist traps in Los Angeles.


  • 1
    37 VOTES

    Mind The Time Of Day

    From Redditor u/kociak_kitty:

    It's really all about the time of day - even Hollywood Blvd and Santa Monica Pier are pretty manageable at like 7-9 AM on a weekday, so if I've got an out-of-town tourist who's really eager to go there, I'll take them at those times.

    The only one I really, really would not recommend is Universal Citywalk. It's very overpriced, and there's no good way to get there - you can either pay an absurd amount to park in the lot, or you can take the metro and have to wait for the tram up there but then get stuck waiting to pile on a tram back down when the last one leaves at 10.

  • 2
    36 VOTES

    Never Take A CD

    From Redditor u/turtle_samurai:

    This one is f*cking annoying those people in Hollywood blvd, they "give" you a CD like its a brochure or something next thing you know, they follow you saying its 5 dollars and they won't take the CD back, literally, you gotta push the cd to their faces for them to take it back.

  • 3
    31 VOTES

    The Three-Card Monté

    From a former Redditor:

    My friends got [tricked] by the Three-card monté [grift]. It's the card game where the dealer shows you which card to look for, then flips them around, and you pick which card. But the trick is the dealers are sleight of hand experts so you always lose. Poor friend lost $150...

  • 4
    60 VOTES

    Avoid The "Best Food"

    From Redditor u/Twitstedwitches:

    For food, search something on google along the lines of “Best Foodie Restaurants in L.A Best Food in L.A” and avoid those places.

    You’re welcome.

  • 5
    50 VOTES

    Fake Acting Portfolios

    From Redditor u/PSteak:

    Acting [grifts] that target children and get their parents to buy portfolio pictures and acting classes. [Swindlers], nice friendly women, approach tweens and imply or state outright they are associated with various hip Nickelodeon shows and that the kid would be perfect for a role.

  • 6
    57 VOTES

    No Star Tours Please

    From Redditor u/AgoraiosBum:

    Don't do a 'star tours' - it's just being in a bus and seeing big hedges. You can just drive around Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills and get the same thing (and you'll be driving past rich and famous houses anyway).