Airport Panhandler

How the scam works:

You are in an airport. A well-dressed gentleman approaches you, introduces himself and tells you he is short $11 to pay for a boarding charge because he has extra baggage weight.


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He might say: “Now they charge an extra $20 if you have more than 20 pounds. They don’t take cards at the gate and I only have $9 in cash. This is my cell number and my e-mail address, please let me pay you back”.

Of course, he will ask you for your e-mail or phone number as well. However, the phone number and the e-mail address he gives you are not his.

How to avoid:

If you really believe he is out of luck, when he hands you the fake business card ask him to show you his ID as well.

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1 thought on “Airport Panhandler”

  1. Garth Nicholson

    The airport scammer I met had just left some business friends at the airport and needed money to pay for a taxi back to his hotel. He was unable to draw cash from an ATM as his cards had all been stopped. When I offered him a lift to his hotel he made out he had just received a call to say that the hotel would pay the taxi and then he left me.

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