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Old 06.06.2018, 17:58
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Scam Warning: Suits

A quick warning - while walking from a client today, a car pulls over and asks me if I speak Italian. Being ever helpful, I say I do and did he need directions.

Cue a 5 minute spiel of how he just attended some show, sold a huge amount of high quality/value suits, and had some left samples left over to give away for free.

Having a few minutes to burn, I let him continue. He showed me a few (really nasty polyester) suits - one in tartan green/blue and one in poo brown, then proceeded to show me some worn catalogue showing a price in the thousands of euro. He proceeded to tell me how they were 150 pure wool (that fabric had never seen a sheep in it's life).

At that point, his offer for a free suit turned into an offer for a suit, if I gave him some money... to which I offered the contents of my wallet - around 5 euros and 2 USD (who carries cash nowadays??). Needless to say, he offered to drive me to a cash point, by which point the game had run it's course and I was getting bored so politely thanked him, took his phone number and left.

Needless to say - heads up if anyone offers a suit off the back of the car, it's most likely a scam and not going to fit... Not sure what the rules are to naming & shaming... should I be posting the guys name/phone number? Probably not...

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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Clothing, shoes, pans, cutlery, stereo-systems, speakers, tablets, BBQ's etc.. selling rubbish from trunks while stating it is great quality for way to high prices has been happening for decades, and will continue to happen since people keep buying that stuff.
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Old 06.06.2018, 18:04
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Who would buy a suit from someone in the street....do people engage in this type of conversations? Funny. I cut short even those folks who try to sell something over the phone, no matter how good a deal might seem. (it's not!)
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Old 06.06.2018, 18:06
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Someone tried a variant of that on my a couple of years ago.

He was here at some big fashion show, his bank card didn't work, and he needed cash for fuel to drive back to Milan.

He would give me a 1000 Euro suit if I gave him 100 CHF for gas.
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Last year, a guy in Rome pulls up to us in his car as we were walking on the street and offers us a „Versace“ leather jacket for gas money. Fuel indicator was reading Empty. He had a binder that said Versace on it, said he worked for Versace. Uh, no. The jacket was some black thing...maybe leather, maybe pleather but definitely a schmata. We declined as politely as we could.
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Old 06.06.2018, 18:12
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

They were working in the Morges area a month ago. Italian plates. Same story, "leather" jackets, ladies bags etc. Samples blah, blah.
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

I had exactly the same spiel (although leather jackets) in the cash and carry car park in Sargans about 6 years ago. So clearly a scam that I let him go on for 15 minutes. I tried on the jacket and it fitted so I said thanks and started walking back to my car.

Then he said would I give him a little cash for gas and some food to get him back to Milan, I only had 20.00 chufs and he was really upset and demanded the jacket back. Of course I gave him it back and just laughed in his face. But I guess there are enough mugs around who will fall for these scams to make it worthwhile trying.
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Old 06.06.2018, 18:24
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... I guess there are enough mugs around who will fall for these scams to make it worthwhile trying.
Based on the posts here so far, I'd say you're right. They just vary the location and the "goods" from time to time.
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Who would buy a suit from someone in the street....do people engage in this type of conversations? Funny. I cut short even those folks who try to sell something over the phone, no matter how good a deal might seem. (it's not!)
I agree. This is so obvious that you can't even call it a scam.
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I agree. This is so obvious that you can't even call it a scam.
With most scams, there is a reliance on greed... i.e. one persons wish to make a quick buck.

If you spoke to someone offering you a suit at a reasonable price on the street, would you even stop to talk to them? Most likely not. If they stop 100 people, and one of the 100 thinks he/she can make a quick buck by "buying" an expensive suit at a cut price - that's where scammers make their money.

The ironic thing is this was in front of a jag dealer, so I reckon he picked his location based on that...
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Hey, I get my suits at Voeglé, or was that OVS. Oh wait, I’m retired I don’t wear suits.

Or am I confusing threads (pun intended) here?
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

Had one like that a few years back, Romanian gentleman at a petrol station offering me gold for a very reasonable price. He learned two English words: Off and fugk, not in that order though.
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I am disappointed. I thought this would be about actresses marrying rich foreigners as a scam.
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I am disappointed. I thought this would be about actresses marrying rich foreigners as a scam.


You're good.
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I am disappointed. I thought this would be about actresses marrying rich foreigners as a scam.
scam or sham ?

PS: I thought this was about the TV series. Also royally related. Weird thread.
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I agree. This is so obvious that you can't even call it a scam.
Yup, it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some people are and I can only scratch my head at people at who actually let them do their spiel for some minutes... don't they have anything better to do with their time that they feel they have to be polite to obvious scammers? Utterly mind-boggling.

I immediately tell obvious scammers like this to do one without even pretending to enter into any conversation simply because anyone with half a brain should instinctively know that anyone who tries to stop you on the street to sell something, especially those randomly driving by in a car, are up to no good.
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I can only scratch my head at people at who actually let them do their spiel for some minutes... don't they have anything better to do with their time that they feel they have to be polite to obvious scammers? Utterly mind-boggling.
It's entertaining. Like taking the piss out of "Microsoft" telephone support or random people on internet forums.

And every minute the scammer is having his time wasted by a real-life troll is a minute some innocent person isn't being cheated out of her hard earned cash.

Nobody ever approaches me, though. Clearly I'm not the kind of person who wears suits... 😁
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......because anyone with half a brain should instinctively know that anyone who tries to stop you on the street to sell something, especially those randomly driving by in a car, are up to no good.


This honestly depresses me a bit about society, but it tells a lot too. Almost every popular 'tourist' destination city -- one has to deal with this. Has really ruined my desire to go to famous cities or places.


One that bothers me is when a 'local' offers to help you buy a ticket for the metro--then expects payment.


Or the gypsies---the best course of action is to completely ignore their existence or some you can't get rid of. I might have been brought up a bit sheltered or naïve, but it's a very sad for me to actively ignore the existence of another human being who is engaging me.


Was happy this didn't exist in CH, but seeing it more and more.
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Old 07.06.2018, 10:34
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Re: Scam Warning: Suits

The suitcase set of kitchen knives is the other popular one.

Someone I know was sold three sets and he gave one to us as a present.

The knives (apart from the serrated steak knives which were too vicious to be used on china plates) were all shiny, new, and blunt.
I kept the game scissors and recycled the rest.
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This honestly depresses me a bit about society, but it tells a lot too. Almost every popular 'tourist' destination city -- one has to deal with this. Has really ruined my desire to go to famous cities or places.

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Well, then you should never visit those popular spots in Paris, especially the Eiffel tower. You can't walk three meters without yet another African male trying to sell you metal Eiffel tower souvenirs. Some people buy, I wonder if they're any good. Who knows. Or Italy, around Florence. After a rain, you get served with cheap umbrellas that cost 2 euros normally but they sell it for 5, mine went broken after the first use. Some other entrepreneurs from the Indian subcontinent were selling bottles of cold water or other beverages, right from the bucket...resourceful. I honestly feel a bit of pity, it's not always malicious. The things they try to sell are so cheap and poor quality, so obviously fresh from the cheapest load from China. A polite, no, thank you is sufficient, works wonders.
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