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17:35  10 october  2019
17:35  10 october  2019 Source:   thepointsguy.com

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If a veteran New Yorker like Alec Baldwin can be scammed in his own city, anyone can. According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin , along with his wife, Hilaria, and their two children were gearing up for a day visiting the Statue of Liberty when they were swindled by a local tour scam .

Alec Baldwin has lived in New York City for quite a while, but that didn' t save him from getting scammed like an everyday tourist. Baldwin shared on Instagram that, while trying to buy tickets to a boat tour of the Statue of Liberty , he managed to pay for bus tickets to New Jersey.

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Celebrities, they’re just like us!

At least, if by “us” you mean people who have been scammed trying to see a major tourist attraction, such as New York City’s beloved Statue of Liberty. a green statue of a person with Statue of Liberty in the background© Provided by Bankrate, LLC

On Sunday, actor Alec Baldwin posted an Instagram the details of the debacle. According to the New York Post, Baldwin, his wife Hilaria and their four children purchased tickets to see Lady Liberty, and were told to board a bus bound for New Jersey. From there, they would have taken a boat near the monument — but not, you know, a ferry that actually went to Liberty Island.

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If a veteran New Yorker like Alec Baldwin can be scammed in his own city, anyone can. According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin , along with his wife, Hilaria, and their two children were gearing up for a day visiting the Statue of Liberty when they were swindled by a local tour scam .

“ The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the promise of America “Very few tourists would visit New York City and knowingly get on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty that Instead, Baldwin , his wife Hilaria and their four children hopped on the Staten Island Ferry for free views of Lady Liberty .

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A post shared by Alec Baldwin (@alecbaldwininsta) on Oct 6, 2019 at 12:10pm PDT

“We buy the tickets for the ‘boat tour’ of the Statue of Liberty,” Baldwin wrote on Instagram. “I kid you not. We paid. Then we read the tickets.”

The tickets were purchased from Tours R Us, according to Baldwin’s post, and cost about $40 a piece. And the Baldwins are hardly the first to be scammed by the shady tour operator. On TripAdvisor, there are more than 200 “terrible” ratings for this company. And Curbed reported that, “Vendors claiming to sell tickets to the attractions often dupe tourists into purchasing rides for double the price of a Statue Cruises ticket.”

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Alec Baldwin is fuming after he says he was tricked into buying tickets to cruise around the Statue of Liberty , only to be directed to a bus to New Jersey. Instead, Baldwin says, he purchased his tickets from another ticket seller hanging around the area, in what he says turned out to be a scam .

Alec Baldwin says he’d beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election! Rob Smith (@robsmithonline) has all the details. Tourists in downtown Manhattan are allegedly targeted by operators selling tickets that don ' t go to Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located.

So, how can you avoid paying $40 for bus tickets to New Jersey instead of a cruise to visit Lady Liberty? The only legitimate tour operator permitted to take visitors to both Liberty and Ellis Island is Statue Cruises, so be sure to look out for them. Tickets are $18.50 each and can be purchased either online or at Battery Park.

Ultimately, Baldwin and his family took the Staten Island Ferry across the water, which is much, much cheaper — free, to be exact.

“Take the [Staten Island] Ferry,” Baldwin wrote. “It’s the best ride in NY.”

Baldwin’s right. The Staten Island Ferry is a great alternative to a pricey tour if you’re more interested in Statue of Liberty views than a visit to the namesake island.

In the wake of Baldwin’s viral social media post, Curbed reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly cracking down on on various scammers operating in Battery Park, including Freedom Cruises and Sphinx Transport. The Department of Transportation recently sent cease and desist letters to both fake operators, as the city believes they’re operating unauthorized bus stops downtown. The mayor called the Baldwin bonanza “unacceptable.”

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After Alec Baldwin fell victim to a popular Statue of Liberty boat tour scam , the city is finally cracking down on shady companies. Baldwin said he spent per ticket for himself, his wife, and three children to visit the Statue of Liberty by boat before learning they had actually paid for a long shuttle

If a veteran New Yorker like Alec Baldwin can be scammed in his own city, anyone can. According to the New York Daily News, Baldwin , along with his wife, Hilaria, and their two children were gearing up for a day visiting the Statue of Liberty when they were swindled by a local tour scam .

Additionally, New York City police officers will maintain “high visibility posts” in the Battery Park area and will issue summons to buses breaking the law. As part of the initiative, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) will also finalize rules that enforce ticket sellers to state if their boat is actually going to Liberty or Ellis Island.

In the meantime, when in doubt, get the $18.50 tickets directly from Statue Cruises and it will all be smooth sailing.

Now, would someone please go tell Alec Baldwin?

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Alec Baldwin: Statue of Liberty tour from New Jersey was 'a scam' .
New York City's mayor announced expanded enforcement against tour operators after Alec Baldwin says he fell for a Statue of Liberty tour "scam."The actor shared his experience on Instagram Sunday. He says he and wife Hilaria Baldwin ("two sharp, savvy NYers") bought $40 tickets for a boat tour of the Statue of Liberty for his family. But instead of embarking on a ferry ride from New York, they were told to board a shuttle bus headed to New Jersey.

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