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Con artist alert

By explodey 11 June 2009 43

Yes, I am a sucker for just handing a perfect stranger money, but I like to assume not everyone is a con artist.

Anyway, just now in Manuka a young man in a suit (looking perfectly professional) ran up to me very distraught, saying his girlfriend had just been in a car accident, was at the hospital and he needed to get a cab there but for this and that reason didn’t have the money.

Although of course the possibility of a scam was going through my head, the poor guy was very upset and I gave him money and we exchanged phone numbers and names. Don’t ask me why I didn’t ask for more ID – totally stupid I know – I just pictured myself in his position and didn’t want to drill him.

Anyway, needless to say I’ve tried the number and it’s disconnected and I’ve told myself repeatedly I deserved it for being naive.

This guy was mid-late 20s, short dark hair and was wearing a greyish suit and green/yellow tie from memory. If he approaches you, please punch him in the face for me. 

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MattyP 11:47 am 31 Oct 10

Pretty sure I got done by the same guy this-morning, sigh.

Lost wallet, wife in day surgery needed cash to get to the hospital, wanted to exchanged numbers, and a Sunday morning so couldn’t go into a bank branch to get cash out. Similar description as well: short, jacket (but no tie today)…

Ian 11:16 am 12 Jun 09

wearing a greyish suit and green/yellow tie

Light or dark grey? Light grey is automatically pretty dodgy looking IMO.

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