So I haven’t posted here in a long time. I still read the threads every day. (CLIFF NOTES AT BOTTOM)
This is more to just let out some anger (not only at the lady who scammed me, but at myself for being so gullible and an overall nice guy)
So I was working out today - leg day. Had a nice workout and was walking out of the gym (located inside a mall) and this lady - probably around early 30s walked up to me.
She is dressed plainly (nothing that stood out in terms of a con artist - but that probably meant she was good at her job). This is how it went down:
Her: "Hello sorry to bother you and I am REALLY embarassed to say but I locked my keys in car, with my purse, do you have CAA? I’ve tried to find help but there is no one around. (keep in mind that this happened today at 6pm during the DAY when people were still shopping at the mall next door)
Me: (I had CAA but I didn’t want to give it to her) “No I don’t, sorry”
Her: “Oh I know this sounds weird and I feel so embarassed but do you have $30 bucks? I have $30 on me and I need $60 to take a cab to the airport. My dad works at the airport and I need to go visit him to get the spare key. (she proceeds to show me her pockets of about $30 bucks). I don’t even have my purse or anything. I have 2 kids, one is 4 yrs and the other one 2 yrs.”
Me: (by then she was talking so much, I admit I did feel bad) “so what do you want from me?”
Me: “I dont have any cash on me. How about I go with you to the cab driver and I’ll put a deposit for the cab using my credit card?”
Her: "Oh you can’t cause I ordered a CASH only cab (that has baby seats) - None of it was true I later found out. ALL cabs take credit and don’t require baby seats for kids.
Her: “Oh there is a bank next door to the gym - can you please just go to the ATM and take out some money? I’ll pay you back in an hour when I come back, i swear!”
Me: (I stupidly went to the bank and took out $40 bucks, AND charged an extra $2 bucks for service fees. Gave her the $40 bucks).
Her: (she was standing inside the bank with me) “Oh let me give you my name and my information, and please give me yours as well. THANK YOU so much.”
She took the money, left. I was dumb enough to not ask for any further ID, or even at least followed her to know if she was ACTUALLY taking a cab and such…
Overall, I feel like a fucking retard. the number she provided was obviously NOT IN SERVICE. But I am hoping that what goes around comes around.
- woman asked for $30 to take a cab to the airport to pick up spare keys from her dad because she locked hers in the car
- she asked for help, CAA for her car
- i told her i didnt have CAA (even though i did)
- she asks for cash
- I told her I didnt have cash
- she begs me to take out money from the bank next door
- I give in, give her $40 (2 x 20s)
- She gives me fake info and bounces (her number was fake)