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Old 29-09-2011, 16:46
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It was widespread in London a few years ago. Fell for it once, but then saw the light. Does this scam still operate?
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:50
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Along with many others, yes. London streets are full of chancers. Some even carry clipboards.
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:50
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Yes it does.

A young lady approached me at a central London train station only last week.
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:55
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Is it just begging, or is there a more sinister side?
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:55
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Is it just begging, or is there a more sinister side?
They haven't really lost their fare. Edit: In answer to what you originally wrote.
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:57
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I once had a girl offer me a blowie for bus fare home. I politely declined, but then thought (Just how expensive is the bloody bus fare?"
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:57
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Is it just begging, or is there a more sinister side?
If you give in it might enable them to see where you keep your purse/wallet so a mate can grab it elsewhere in the station.
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:58
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I once had a lady come up to me just outside Goodge Street Station, looking very distraught and claimed she'd just been mugged and if I could give her money to get home. I was a little taken aback for a moment, but quickly composed myself and offered to help her find a police officer who could assist. She quickly moved on to someone else.

I, on the other hand, continued on to find a police officer and informed them of what was going on further down the road. Such people are scum, in my eyes.
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Old 29-09-2011, 16:58
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Not for a while, but many years ago in Bournemouth, a guy approached me at least half a dozen times over a period of a month his story was this.

"I wonder if you could help my boyfriend has had a car accident and has been rushed into hospital, I need money get a taxi to go and see him"

His boyfriend must have been extremely unlucky the poor sod.

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Old 29-09-2011, 17:01
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I once had a girl offer me a blowie for bus fare home. I politely declined, but then thought (Just how expensive is the bloody bus fare?"
With the way fairs have gone up in London she would still owe you money after the blowie
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:01
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It was widespread in London a few years ago. Fell for it once, but then saw the light. Does this scam still operate?
Now & again it does & not just in London.

A few years ago, i was harassed by someone, who gave me a sob story then begged me to give him money for the Train as he didn't have enough money for his fare. I said i didn't have any money[well i did have money, but wasn't going to give him any]but he wouldn't get the message, insisted i give him some money, in the end i said i'm in a rush & left, without giving him any money.

Best one was a couple of years ago, i was approached by someone in the late evening, trying to flog a Phone, & wouldn't take no for an answer, i was in a rush to catch my connecting bus, & already had a decent Phone, i ignored him in the end.

Normally if a stranger approaches & asks for a favour, i tend to say i'm in a rush, which normally does the trick.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:03
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I remember once, instead of giving money to a street beggar, I bought him a McDonalds coffee. he threw it on the ground. Luckily, a street warden saw him and gave him an 80 fine!
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:07
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It was widespread in London a few years ago. Fell for it once, but then saw the light. Does this scam still operate?
The best reply is "so have I, what a co-incidence"

Then wait for the possible response:-

"You're a f****** liar"

and the retort:-

"So are you" !!!

When I worked in London, almost 100% of the beggars who asked me for money had Scottish or Irish accents.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:09
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I feel sorry for the people who genuinely have lost their money.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:22
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Never been asked in London, but there was a guy at Liverpool Lime Street who just needed a pound for his train ticket to London and would show you his timetable as proof he was genuine

Given that he was there most evenings for at least three years, either he was bullshitting or Scousers aren't quite as generous as they make out...
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:32
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Some woman once told me this elaborate story (too detailed, too much info - I don't care if it is your fellas birthday and you've not got the money for a bus faire to Manchester). So I listened to it in it's entirety and then said 'i've got the same problem, luv'. Totally stumped her as I walked off x
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:41
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The same woman approached me twice in one week recently. She was smart though. She started her rubbish with "do you speak english?". The first time I thought she was lost and said yes and then she launched into how she needed the taxi fair to get home. I listened but just said sorry, I've no change. The second time, when she asked if I spoke english I just said, "sorry, no I don't".
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:49
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Is it just begging, or is there a more sinister side?
Are they organised gangs you mean? I don't think so. There's such a variety of sorts. Mostly young women but the occasional male and the occasional 30+ or 40+. They are often fairly well dressed and it must work or they wouldn't be still doing it. I mean they're not asking for 50p for a cup of tea. They'll often say they need around 5 or 6 for the fair and show you that they have 1.50 or so - so they're looking to scam 3 to 5 from each punter. They give it the little girl lost act and say they'#re desperate to get home and they've had their bag stolen or lost. If they can do 10 in an hour at a big station it wouldn't be a bad day's work - and I reckon they get much more than that.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:50
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I remember once, instead of giving money to a street beggar, I bought him a McDonalds coffee. he threw it on the ground. Luckily, a street warden saw him and gave him an 80 fine!
Hmmm I've got mixed feelings about this. The act of charity is the giving and in my mind shouldn't come with conditions. You were basically saying that he couldn't be trusted to spend 2 quid wisely, when my opinion would be that what the money is spent on is none of my business.

Give or don't, but don't give with conditions.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:51
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There is an English guy who hangs around Schiphol airport near Amsterdam asking for money for his bus fair or to pay for a hostel. I've seen him everytime I have been over.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:55
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I'm ashamed to admit I gave a woman attempting this scam on me a quid just so she would get away from me - she smelled so bad it was literally making my eyes water.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:56
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There is a well-known bloke in Swindon who does it. I've never been stopped but my mum has a few times. He even earnt the nickname ''crying boy'' and was up in court a couple of times for it.
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Old 29-09-2011, 17:59
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Happened to me when i was working in Buchanan Bus Station, Standing for my bus home when this guy walks up to me asking if he could get 2.50 for a single. Me being me said 'Sorry mate i've not got any change' speech for him to 'your lying' so i reached into my pocket showing my work's id for him just to boost from me. & to think i was going to give him it after all
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Old 29-09-2011, 18:28
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The other week a mum and son got on the bus she claimed he was 13 years old and tried to get him on the bus for free because he "forgot" his bus pass. The bus driver made her pay for him.
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Old 29-09-2011, 18:29
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I feel sorry for the people who genuinely have lost their money.
If they are truly genuine they can obtain help from train stations and/or the police. There are mechanisms in place to deal with this event.

Obviously the chancers aren't going to take this route, though.
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