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Re: And he didn't called

Sorry to say Chao, I doubt you'll ever get that call, it's most definitely the classic "helpless tourist" scam, quite common in big cities.. Pity, but hope we all can learn from this.
Below is a link to a list of scams to avoid... In case you (or others) find it useful

http://www.justtheflight.co.uk/blog/...is-summer.html
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Meet this stranger down the road asking me if I know any bank is open on Sunday (here in Basel). Said he just got a job here and just arrived and all his credit cards and stuff is with his wife who will come at a later day. He got several 1000 CHF notes (which I saw) and can not spend them and really need some change (later he said he has kids at home so I guess he was in a hurry to feed his kids). He was told he has to go to Zurich for that but his car is out of gas and he can not spend that 1000 buck note for gas. So I said let's try Claraplatz. I was just looking for food so decide to walk him. But when we almost got there he realized he checked there this morning and it was not openning. Then he asks if I can lend him 100 bucks for gas and he will give me back after he changed those notes in Zurich (couple of hours he said). I did hesitated but still picked up a 100 CHF and give to him. Then we got to a store where they sell lotteries to find a pen and I wrote my number on a pad so that he can call me when he got back. I guess in principle I should ask to keep some of his id card or sth but as we were walking down we had a lot of nice chat and I was embarrassed to ask. He knew I am a student and not making money, so he said he will give me 50 chf more as a thank you. I said it will not be necessary. Anyway, now it's getting late and he did not call. Maybe he just lost my number or sth, but I am just not happy about this. And the similar event happend to me once in Paris (the loss is 40CHF that time). I knew it is not a lot but I am not making any money (supported by parents doing master's here). Not revealing details about him in case he just lost my number or sth, but he said he is from New York. Normally I would recognize America accent right away but his kinda sounds Australian to me. Then he told me he grew up in Hawaii. And when he knew I am Chinese he said his sister married to a Chinese and he has been to Shanghai twice. Anyway, just feel bad and post this story here. If indeed he happened to lost the number or sth then I apologize.
What did we learn from this lesson? Next time ask for one of his 1000 CHF bills as collateral until you get your 100 CHF back.
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What did we learn from this lesson? Next time ask for one of his 1000 CHF bills as collateral until you get your 100 CHF back.
Personally, I learnt that if the thread is nearly a month old then there is no need to resurrect it
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My bad, I thought I did see it on page one tho. Getting old isn't easy...
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