In Athens, there are attempts to scare tourists by spreading fake announcements about a "bedbug infestation"

By TravelWiseDec 8, 2023 07:22 AMNews
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In Athens, there are attempts to scare tourists by spreading fake announcements about a "bedbug infestation"
Tourists in Athens are being deceived. Source: Pexels

The Greek Ministry of Health has raised an alarm over false rumors about bedbugs in Athens apartments. Local police received a complaint that a campaign to scare away foreign tourists had been initiated in the country.

Unidentified individuals are spreading information that an outbreak of pests has been recorded in apartments for short-term rent. This was reported by the Greek City Times.

The outrage was caused by posters in English with errors that were noticed near apartment buildings in the city center. It is reported that they bore the logos of the Ministry and Municipality of Athens, which is untrue.

The information on the posters called for local "private guest houses" to be evacuated "to protect the public health of permanent Greek tenants."

In Athens, there are attempts to scare tourists by spreading fake announcements about a "bedbug infestation"
Fake posters with disinformation appear in Athens. Source: Social media

The provocateurs cited a "bedbug infestation" as the cause and threatened a fine of 500 euros for ignoring the warning.

Since there are currently no problems with a massive "bedbug infestation" in Greece, the information spread by unknown offenders is considered "terrorism and disinformation," according to the Ministry of Health.

Perhaps such claims have arisen against the backdrop of bedbug problems in France. Gullible foreigners could theoretically believe that another resort destination is suffering from a similar unpleasant situation.

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