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Posted on 06/02/2014


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Scam alert! Italian guys in car ask for direction, then try to sell fake goods for money

Scam alert! Italian guys in car ask for direction, then try to sell fake goods for money
Over the weekend (2014-06-01), I was walking downtown on Bond Street near Ryerson University and taking photos, when two guys who described themselves as Italian businessmen inside a Mini Cooper stopped and asked me how to get to Toronto Pearson Airport.

After giving them directions, they said they're here to show samples of Armani Collezione clothes to some retailers and they want to give me something for giving them directions.

ALARM BELLS rang off big time in my head.

They then got out of their Mini and showed me some so-called "Armani" "leather" jacket. One of the guys hanged me a jacket and said I could have it for free. The very next moment, they asked if I could give them $200 for that jacket, which retails for $1200, they said.

ALARM BELLS rang a second time in my head.

I told them that I had no money on me, and walked away. Now on-line, I'm finding the same trick has been used all over the world: Toronto, Boston, Texas, Ireland, you name it.

I didn't fall for it, I hope you don't also!

Overall warning:
scam-detector.com/face-to-face-scams/italian-fashion-man

In Fairfax Co., Virginia:
www.fairfaxunderground.com/forum/read/2/604099.html

In Houston, Texas:
fake-armani.pissedconsumer.com/italian-guy-selling-fake-a...

In Ireland:
www.irishtimes.com/blogs/pricewatch/2008/01/14/leather-scam/

In New York:
www.city-data.com/forum/houston/1130968-beware-italian-sc...

Fake_Armani_for_cash_scam

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Comments
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
good story
3 years ago.
one42chrisp
one42chrisp
Anyone selling goods out of a car is very suspect, I would walk/run away too.
3 years ago.
Chris 1971
Chris 1971
Just take your wallet, take out somekind of ID and flash it telling your a customs officer mostly will do the trick.

I once had a similar experience like this in a gasstation, fortunately, back then, I actually was a customs-officer. The bloke took off in a sudden hurry but I did do a check-up on his licenseplate :D
3 years ago.