Mendicants and Child Beggars

Travel Scam - Beggars

This scam is prevalent almost everywhere. Heartless syndicates use people with disability, seniors, pregnant women and very young children to ask money from passersby. Their miserable appearance and dire condition will surely melt anyone’s heart and give a handout. However, most of their “earnings” go to the syndicate. Hiding accomplices from the syndicate watch over these beggars and collect the alms. They also observe where the generous “givers” keep their money so they can pickpocket them later.

How To Avoid It:

Avoid giving monetary alms. Instead, give the beggars food, water, old clothes or toys for kids. That way, your money isn’t going to the syndicate.

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