Alec Baldwin reveals he fell for classic New York City tourist scam

Alec Baldwin may be a native New Yorker, but that didn't save him from falling for one of Manhattan's most infamous tourist traps.

The actor posted about the scam on Instagram Monday, telling fans he'd been ripped off after trying to buy passes for a Statue of Liberty boat tour.

Baldwin paid $40 for the tickets, which he believed included a simple, round-trip tour to the statue for himself, his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and their two children. As it turned out, their "tour" wasn't all that straightforward.

"NO ON EVER MENTIONED NEW F***ING JERSEY!!!" the "Saturday Night Live" actor posted as he explained his ordeal.

Baldwin took his family down to New York's South Ferry, believing they'd board the boat from there. But the next thing they knew, they were being escorted to a shuttle bus headed for New Jersey.

It turned out the family wasn't going straight to Liberty Island, but first across the bay to "Liberty Park, NJ," according to the tickets. From there, they'd have to wait for a boat called “Queen of Hearts," the Jersey City Department of Transportation told the New York Daily News.

The scam is a common tourist trap for newcomers visiting the city, as it turns what is typically billed as a one-hour journey into a three-hour affair.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Actors William Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend The 204 Russian American Person Of The Year Awards at The National Arts Club on November 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Actor Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas and actors Tom Cruise and Stephen Baldwin arrive at the 'Rock of Ages' Los Angeles premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin attends the 2011 Actors Fund Gala at Marriot Marquis on May 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by T Roth/WireImage)
Actors Alec Baldwin and his brother Stephen Baldwin pose during Alec Baldwin's Hollywood Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony on February 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Stephen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin and Megan Mullally attend the ceremony honoring actor Alec Baldwin with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on February 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Brothers Billy Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin arrive at the U.S. Launch Event for New Lotus Cars held at a private residence on November 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
- NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Billy Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin and Danny Baldwin attend U.S. Launch Event for Lotus New Era on November 12, 2010 at Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Actors Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin attend the New York premiere of 'It's Complicated' at The Paris Theatre on December 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 15: Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin attend The Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin during Second Stage Theatre's 20th Annual All-Star Bowling Classic at Leisure Time Bowling Lanes in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
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Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin during Premiere of 'Freaky Friday' at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Stephen and Alec Baldwin arrive at the New York premiere of HBO's 'Sex and the City' at Lincoln Square Theatres in New York City. 05/30/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
UNITED STATES - MAY 30: Brothers Alec Baldwin and Stephen Baldwin are on hand for the New York season premiere of the TV series 'Sex and the City' at the Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square theater. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 08: Celebrities abound at the 2002 U.S. Open men's finals match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. Watching the action are (clockwise from upper left) Alec Baldwin with brother Stephen and Hilary Swank with husband Chad Lowe. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 03: Baldwin family Billy, Beth, Alec, wife of Stephen and Stephen at the Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund Benefit Gala. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09: Alec Baldwin with cigar and brother Stephen Baldwin attending Evander Holyfield and Michael Moorer fight at the All Star Cafe. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - circa 1995: (L-R) Actor brothers Stephen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin and William Baldwin. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES: circa 1990: Actors and brothers (L-R) Alec Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Actor William Baldwin, actor Alec Baldwin and actor Stephen Baldwin attend the 'Great Balls of Fire!' West Hollywood Premiere on June 29, 1989 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Those looking for legitimate tours of the island can find them through the statue's website. That being said, those tickets can run more than $20 per person, so it's easy to see why the Baldwins thought they'd gotten a good deal.

The Staten Island Ferry also offers a free option, as the boat's journey travels just past Liberty Island. Baldwin showed his New York chops on that point after the fact, advising his followers to avoid making his mistake.

"This is a scam. Take the SI Ferry. It's the best ride in NY," the actor posted.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city is continuing to crack down on scammers, including those offering unlicensed tours of the Statue of Liberty.

"The Statue of Liberty is an enduring symbol of the promise of America," de Blasio, said in a statement. "Tourists and visitors have been taken for a ride, and it's unacceptable. We won't let up until illegal and deceitful practices are a thing of the past."

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