If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

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Friday, 17 July 2009

Petrol Scam

Here's a clever scam. A woman in car stops you in the street and asks you for £3 for petrol to get her home. The amount is trivial, and most people would be likely to hand over a fiver. She takes your address and promises to return the money that night. Of course, that's the last you see of her. If she does that twenty times in an afternoon, she is £100 up and has enough for her drinks or a serving of whatever is her drug du choix.

One woman tried it on Rob Manuel (of B3ta) and he wrote about it on his blog. He asked if he could take her photo for security and she agreed. Of course, that's on the blog as well. The comment thread below is well worth reading.

You can see why he was willing to cough up. With hindsight, of course, the short skirt and low top give it away, but in the couple of seconds you have to make a decision I think most guys would err on the side of generosity.

Yes, it gets bigger if you click it.

Kids - just be careful out there.

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