How it works:
- Foreigner: an infamous past case was that of a well-dressed pair claiming to be here on a business trip from China but got scammed and have no money for transport. There have been other similar cases of foreigners reported.
- Local: keychain/pen/soft toy touts who claim to be ex-offenders and are now reformed offenders or volunteers; as well as pitiful looking elderly who ask you ask for cash straight up.
Places to beware:
- Crowded areas (e.g. Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Bugis, transportation hubs)
What to do: