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Alec Baldwin falls for Statue of Liberty tour scam

Posted at 9:22 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 09:22:12-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin fell for a scam Statue of Liberty tour that doesn't actually take passengers to the statue.

The actor posted Sunday on Instagram that he bought tickets for a "boat tour" of the Statue of Liberty. Baldwin, his wife, Hilaria, and their children were then escorted to a shuttle bus to New Jersey.

Baldwin shared a photo of his ticket that shows he paid $40 for each one, though it is unclear how many he bought.

Licensed Statue of Liberty operator Statue Cruises charges $18.50 per ticket. The Baldwins ended up taking the Staten Island Ferry, which is free.

Tourists are frequently conned by shady operators selling tours that don't go to Liberty Island. A spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tells the Daily News the city "continues to fine sellers who scam customers."