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Fake Policemen on the Loose

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Fake Policemen on the Loose

Postby KOVAKS on Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:29 am

Contributed by Tim Vellacott on 29 May 2006:

Firstly - good site!

Secondly here's what happened to me yesterday: a subtle variant on the drug-dealer scam.

I was at a street corner two blocks from Plaza Catalunya - a tourist holding map says he is hungarian and asks for directions to the plaza. While i am explaining "you're here and it's over there" he's still fumbling with his map; all of a sudden two other people turn up, declare themselves to be plain-clothes policemen (including showing badges) & demand to see both ID and money (because there's a lot of drug dealing in the area). being trained to obey instructions from police, and on the plausibility of the argument I do so - & everything is fine after I present the currency exchange receipt. Meanwhile the one I'm not talking to has told the hungarian to take a hike. all's fine, They tell me "Be careful, don't talk to strangers, there are a lot of crooks in this town". I go away, and it's not until the evening that I think "I'm sure I had more money than that", & subsequently remember I had two twenty-pound (sterling) notes among my euros when I was discussing with the "policemen" and now only have one. So the scam is that I retained enough notes (both euro and sterling) to maintain the deception.

On balance since I was on my own against three I'm not sure what else I could have done; it's much less than the average swindle, although crooks posing as policemen is rather insidious. The moral of the story is (regrettably) don't talk to anyone you didn't talk to first.
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