How the scam works:
Both Canada and the United States celebrate Black History Month every February, while the United Kingdom does it in October. Also known as African-American History Month, BHM is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
The scam? It could happen anywhere in the three countries, but is the most prevalent in Toronto, Canada. In downtown, there are be multiple men (typically in trench coats and sunglasses) that will try to shake your hand. They have a pad of paper with them that has information about black history in it. They won't let go of your hand until you take the paper. A donation is now required to 'help the community' while in reality this is just a regular scam, where these dudes are actually collecting money for their own good.
Oftentimes, they become aggresive and make the victims feel bad, by loudly calling them 'racists'.
How to avoid:
Black History Month is a celebration, not a fundraiser. If interested, support in any other ways but only by doing some research beforehand. Ignore the massive dudes asking for donations, they are known for scamming not just tourists, but locals as well.
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