I had an interesting experience on the subway this morning on the way to work.
A reasonably well dressed and well groomed guy enters the subway car and asks for everyone's attention. He says that his wife and one month old daughter just moved to NYC from another city (I forget which one) where he was recently laid off and that he is in search of a job. He apologizes for bothering us and says how embarrassed he feels for having to ask for money from complete strangers.
He continues, "This morning, I got a job offer from TransExpress but in order to get the job, I must buy a liability insurance policy for myself. The policy costs $500 and it must be paid by 5 PM today. I managed to scrape up $448 and need to come up with another $52."
Now the funny thing is that I remember this same guy giving the same spiel on the same subway line a few weeks ago.
It gets even funnier because a woman in my subway car blurts out, "You were here saying the same thing two months ago" The scammer is at a loss for words for a second, before replying, "Oh, That was yesterday. I was trying to get this insurance money yesterday too." She says, "No, it was two months ago. You said the same exact thing word-for-word two months ago."
HA ha ha ha! BUSTED!!!!
So the scammer gets angry and curses out the woman. "I should have spit in your face", he snarls as he leaves the train (none the richer, of course).
Well, you have to give the guy credit for originality.