Dear PoP – Beware Pregnant Scammer

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“Dear PoP,

This is kind of a crazy story, but is definitely something your readers should know about. TWO of my friends have been taken by the same scam artist in the last couple days. (the first took place outside the Kennedy center, and the other occurred near gallery place.) in both situations, the woman in a puffy coat came up to the target and started crying. she told a long story about how she’s pregnant and had been hit by a car. she begged for money to get back home (allegedly two hours away). she just kept sobbing and begging for money. she made up ridiculous stories about how her friend was supposed to pick her up but left early / her bank was closed until the morning / her baby might be hurt. in both situations, my friends (being nice/trusting individuals) gave her cash. as soon as my friend opened her wallet, the woman directed her to go to a nearby ATM to get MORE money. this is clearly a scam – please be aware.”

Scammers abound.

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