Alec Baldwin falls for Statue of Liberty tour scam

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FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, actor Alec Baldwin waits to speak during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Fall Gala, in Des Moines, Iowa. Baldwin has been arrested for allegedly punching someone during a dispute over a New York City parking spot. Police say the actor was taken into custody just before 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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.”

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