Scam Alert

June 22, 2010By Paris UpdateWhat's New Potpourri


A new street scam has popped up in Paris to add the list enumerated by David Jaggard last year in Paris Update. This one has an extra nasty twist because it takes advantage of those rare people who are willing to stop and help strangers in difficulty and makes all of us even warier of playing the Good Samaritan. It goes like this: someone on the street falls to the ground, apparently suffering a heart attack. When a good-hearted passerby rushes over to offer help, the supposed heart-attack victim says that he (they seem to be mostly youngish men) doesn’t need an ambulance, then grabs the wallet or handbag of the real victim and hops into a waiting car for the getaway.


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