We literally found this story about reverend Floyd’s scam by coincidence and we can’t believe, that this happened to us on the 01/30/2020 at the Cenote Cocalitos in Bacalar.
The exact same story from this blog ( https://steemit.com/travelfeed/@toocurious/tourist-scam-in-mexico-fake-pastor-floyd-king-needs-to-be-stopped ) happened to us:
“Suddenly a black American guy from Chicago stopped us. He introduced himself as reverend Floyd King from Chicago. He seemed very stressed but he had a friendly air about him. He was very happy to finally find a couple that not only spoke his native language but also accepted his skin colour. He explained hastily that he lost his luggage during a bus transfer in Mexico-City, that his wife and four children were in a shelter 200 kilometres away, that he hitchhiked here to find help and that his wife was diabetic and didn’t have any medication. Plus all their money was in their luggage and that he’d been in touch with the consulate in Cancun. Oh and yes, he was also a pastor for a Baptist church and for that reason didn’t have a phone or email address. He promised that if we helped him his 5000 church members would send us a love donation. ‘If you give me 400 USD than I’ll give you my wedding ring, which you can send back to me later. God bless you for helping me. ‘
He was so convincing even though his story sounded super weird. He even showed us a diabetic pen as proof of someone else’s generosity (who he said is flying home today and doesn’t need the pen) and putting us even more under pressure. Thats why we gave him all the money we had in our pockets, “luckily” it was just 200 Pesos.We honestly we’re super close to driving to an atm and withdraw 500CAD for him.
Hope that he’s getting stopped soon.