After reading so many stories online, I had an encounter with a scammer the other day- a man who approached me as I came out of the store and started a spiel about how he needed a few dollars "because his wife and daughter were stranded over at (college)...." I cut him off quickly with a firm 'no,' and walked on. He started following me down the sidewalk, talking angrily on his cell phone about how "no one would be decent" and help him out, so I crossed the street to get away from him.
It was very clear that he was telling me a fake story. I almost wish I'd heard his whole tale, because what he said didn't make much sense. The college where his wife and daughter were supposedly "stranded" was literally a 4 minute walk away from where we were (and he was walking away from it, oddly enough), and the man clearly had a working cell phone, so why would he need a few dollars from me? Was I to believe that he had no cash, his wife had no cash, his college age daughter had no cash, and between the three of them and the person he was talking to on the cell phone (or anyone else he could call for aid), that he had no other option than to stop strangers on the street and ask for money?