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The stranger leaves and returns with a police officer or someone posing as one. The perpetrators then extort money or other valuables to avoid hassles with the police.

Shell/Card Games: Scammers set up a game on crowded sidewalks in high tourist areas.

They use three shells (or cups) with a small ball underneath one.

They move them around and then stop, asking the audience to bet which one the ball is under.

The scammer picks it up and asks if it belongs to the tourist, showing a wad of currency, and tries to get the tourist to touch it.

The same scam is used by rug salesman in many countries.

Airport/”Bag Watching” Scam: A friendly stranger asks someone to watch his/her bag or purse.

Again, they pretend to be a woman from a Western country while all the while being based in Nigeria.

They then solicit you for money for a charity they run in Nigeria or Ghana.

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