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Old 04-13-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Scammer at Gas Stations around Vancouver

Two days ago at the Renfrew and Grandview Hwy Chevron, I was approached by a tall male wearing black overalls, claiming he and his girlfriend had no money on them to buy gas for their ride back to Coquitlam. There was a girl in his car. He then told me he will pay me back because he works in Vancouver, and gave me his cell number ( I still have it which works )

I saw him again today at the 57th and Knight Petro Canada, wearing the exact same clothes telling the same story to people. I hurried and told the attendant, but he couldn't do anything. This time I managed to get his license plate number, unfortunately because i was trying to remember the number, I didn't get his car make and type.

Is there a way to report this, or is my information sufficient enough to report?
If anyone has anymore info or wants to collaborate our info, let me know

Wanted to warn everyone

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If people are gullible enough to fall for it, it's their own fault.
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Definitely call the police non emergency line to let them know this scam is happening.
A license plate number should be all the info you need need, along with a description of the male + female acomplice
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So did you give him money?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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people have been doing these for years, how are you even surprised?
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Should troll them next time.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #7
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OP, you're too kind...
i usually tell those kinda people to "fuck off" in a mannered, and trolling way.
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I don't know how the hell you ended up giving him money. Ur supposed to be Chinese right?
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This is one of the oldest scams around.

I heard of a local pastor in my city that was approached with this kind of sob story years ago of a guy saying he had no gas. Being the righteous guy he was he offered to put gas into his tank and when he did, it only took $5 to fill so it was obviously bullshit. The moral of the story is, if you really want to help out and person seems legit, make sure you're the one putting in the gas. Don't hand over any cash.
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Amazing thread would definetley read it again.

So you see the guy that just scammed you and you go inside to tell the attendant?

Should have walked up to his car and get a picture of his license plate and smile at him. That's the least. Next thing would be going ham on him.
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Was the car a silver Kia? If so, ran into them at Petro on Burrard/west 2nd
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This is one of the oldest scams around.

I heard of a local pastor in my city that was approached with this kind of sob story years ago of a guy saying he had no gas. Being the righteous guy he was he offered to put gas into his tank and when he did, it only took $5 to fill so it was obviously bullshit. The moral of the story is, if you really want to help out and person seems legit, make sure you're the one putting in the gas. Don't hand over any cash.
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same moral applies to homeless people. If you really want to help a starving hobo, offer to buy him food. Don't hand over any money that could be potentially used for drugs or whatever it is
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there was this one time a lady that approached me and asked for $20.00 gas and i gave it to her. A few days later she dropped by my work place and gave me a $100.00 cheque. Never expected she will be so generous. lol
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i was having a smk infront of my house one time. this guy in a rice rocket pulled up and asked me something. i went out to see what he wanted and he asked if i knew where his buddy lived..

i said no, i told him to call his buddy. he didn't have a cell phone. he was also running low on gas.. asked me for gas money.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:08 PM   #15
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before everyone jumps to conclusion

i didn't give any money
I'm mad that this turd is going gas station hopping, asking for money
I don't want good people getting fooled
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I usually offer those people a ride in the back of my trunk. I drive a hatch back so I usually have to cut off the legs first.

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Tell him you'd give a ride to his gf.
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Was the car a silver Kia? If so, ran into them at Petro on Burrard/west 2nd
Yup. Also spotted this guy on Hastings and Kensington (North Burnaby) Shell gas station a few weeks back.
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OP got his number, probably paid for his gas
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We should have a Scammer Thread 2012...bet you it'll do very well
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #21
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scrubby lookin' White guy kinda scrawny?? saw him @ Boundary & Dominion Chevron too.
He asked me to give him a lift to pay off his tow truck guy.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:40 PM   #22
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Tim Hortons on Fraser HWY and 88th here in surrey the other night.. tall, scrawny unshaven white guy with a green cap approached everyone with the same story. my friend pulled out a handful of change gave him a toonie and told him to go buy a fuckin coffee.

His approach- "Hey guys i feel like an idiot, I forgot my wallet (Forget where he said). I dont have enough gas for me and my girlfriend to get back to Chilliwack so i am going around degrading myself asking people for some gas money".
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You should have asked his gf for a blowjob in return for gas.
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Once had a similar sort of thing happen to me...though it was a lot more sketchy.

Guy drives up to a bus stop (!) with his wife(?) in the passenger seat, gets out and starts asking people for money saying that he hasn't got enough money to get back to the Wack.

She stayed quiet and didn't really look at anyone; he didn't get any money from anyone at the stop. Thinking back, I should have asked the wife if they really needed help. Not like I would have, I was cashless at the time. Still would've been priceless if she'd said he was lying.
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