Celebrities like Alec Baldwin do plenty of traveling year-round, but even the most experienced of tourists get scammed once in a while.
Baldwin took to Instagram and revealed that his family were victims of a well-known Statue of Liberty scam in The Big Apple. The New York native explained that he had purchased tickets for a "boat tour" to see the world famous landmark.
Only, they didn't end up receiving a tour to the Statue of Liberty. Instead, Baldwin and his family wound up in New Jersey via shuttle bus. The price on the ticket is listed at $40.
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So, we head to South Ferry. Me and @hilariabaldwin Two sharp, savvy NYers. Kids in tow. We buy the tickets for the “boat tour” of the Statue of Liberty. We are escorted to a shuttle bus. To New Jersey! I kid you not. We paid. Then we read the tickets. NO ON EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!!! This is a scam. Take the SI Ferry. It’s the best ride in NY.
But all is well that ends well. Baldwin and his family wound up taking the Staten Island Ferry to view one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. The ferry ride doesn't cost a penny.
According to the New York Daily News, there are "hundreds of tourists" who fall for a scam. Often, they'll be tricked into purchasing $35 or $40 tickets. The Staten Island Ferry terminal and Battery Park are common places where scalpers sell the fake tickets, per the Daily News. There are signs around that warn vendors that selling tickets for the Statue of Liberty is unauthorized.
Laura Feyer, a spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, told the Daily News that they'll be implementing more signs at these locations in order to warn tourists.
A kiosk close to the ferry terminal will also be inserted for the purpose of preventing tourists from falling for fake tickets, per Feyer. So tourists in New York should follow these precautions in order to ensure that they're receiving a legitimate and memorable trip to the Statue of Liberty.
Tourists can also make sure they're buying through a legitimate company by looking up reviews and other information online. This is obviously a lot more trustworthy, and you won't have to worry about potentially falling for a scam if you buy tickets ahead of time through a reliable outlet.