How it works:
- Version 1: fraudsters claiming to represent homeless people, the poor in Africa or endangered animals will pass you a fanciful donation brochure or a petition and then ask you to donate.
- Version 2: they could also give you a worthless gift (e.g. bracelet, bead, etc) and then ask that you donate.
Places to beware:
- Chicago: Millennium Park, Cloud Gate
- Las Vegas: The Strip
- Portland: Portland Saturday Market
- San Francisco: Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39
- Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass
- New Orleans: French Quarters, Jackson Square, Bourbon Street
- New York City: Times Square, The High Line
What to do:
- Decline, if you want to help, donate to established charities instead.