Scam bam thank you mam........

Mexico
April 28, 2013 7:51am CST
I watched this news show here in Mexico last night. Was about all these ladies who sit at border crossing gates. They have their dirty cloths and baby in the arms. They sit there waiting for americans to walk buy and toss coins and dollars into the cups. The show was taped at tijuana- san diego. And at the Juarez- el paso texas crossing. Now first I have no problem with tossing a few coins to a poor mom, who Im sure needs the money. Or does she? The news reporters where there because several people had reported to them.. that the babies were not real at all. But dolls !!! Yes dolls!!! And what do you know. The news people and police checked 5 at one place and 7 at the other. And 9 of the 12 were dolls!!! I cant believe, people would do that to us... We have all been fooled by these things in the past Im sure of it.
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@Pegasus72 (1898)
28 Apr 13
I remember something we saw on the internet about people who walk around or hobble around all crouched over and ask for money in the big cities here in America and when their day is done they change their clothes, hop into expensive cars, and go to their expensive houses out of the city. Then they wonder why people don't want to help out the poor because there are so many people asking for handouts that don't need it at all.
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@Pegasus72 (1898)
28 Apr 13
It is sad I wonder where people's minds are that they have to stoop to these kinds of things.
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• Mexico
30 Apr 13
True, but also the people that give them all that money.. have some fault as well. No?
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
I would never think to do things like that. What do these people do sit in a room and plan these scams out? Very sad. have a great day there.
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@blackrusty (3519)
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
well I have never heard of this one but then it takes all kinds to make that dollar for doing nothing at all I saw a lot of kids selling little candies for a dollar or more but that was years ago when I had come to mexico for the first time wonder if they still do that now days as that was like 10 years ago
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• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Sure does, I remember years ago. I saw some of these gals with buckets full of coins. bet they did real well scamming.
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• Mexico
28 Apr 13
for all you know they are still out there to this day doing the same old thing with out a thought how wrong it is to do this type of thing to others
• Mexico
30 Apr 13
They are still there. I talk to friend who crosses the border into the usa everyday where u live. She said they were there just yesterday collecting money.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 13
Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems, but it obviously works! I wonder now this has come to light and people are more aware of what is happening, as to whether people will still give cash out to them? And what about the ladies who genuinely do have babies? Will they be tarred with the same brush? It also makes you wonder if they are scamming, whether they really are destitute.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 13
It wouldn't surprise me if they actually made a living out of it!
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• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Not sure, But I talked to freinds who go to mexico and the usa alot. They say these mothers have been at the borders for many, many years...
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
It would take alot. She could live ok if she made 15.00-20.00 per day at it. That would be over min. wage here in mexico.
@GardenGerty (156296)
• United States
28 Apr 13
I was a Navy wife and lived down by the Tijuana border crossing. We made one or two trips across. I never really had money to give. My mom was visiting once and spotted the fake baby doll right away. That was forty years ago. I am sure over the years thousands of people have been fooled by these women crying out "la leche"
@GardenGerty (156296)
• United States
28 Apr 13
Well, this was not at the border, I guess I should have been more clear. Any place we were shopping or standing in line and at the parking area they would approach us. They would also offer to "sell" us a pack of gum for a really high price for milk for the baby. My mom took one look and said, "that is just a doll". They would be wrapped in carriers or slings and just the feet would show.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Really? I crossed from tj, many times over the years to go back to the usa. I never ever noticed. Or really thought to look.
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• Mexico
30 Apr 13
woow, Im not sure its that bad anymore. Maybe in tourist areas.
@velvet53 (22523)
• Palisade, Colorado
28 Apr 13
That is terrible. There are many people getting by with things like that. I watched a guy one day standing at the light by the off ramp of the interstate. He had a sign saying he was homeless. People would give him money and stuff. Later I went by there again and this guy was getting into a real nicer, newer model truck. Guess who was probably paying for that truck
@velvet53 (22523)
• Palisade, Colorado
28 Apr 13
Maybe we are doing things wrong lol If I tried to do something like that I would end up in jail. I guess those guys thought they were really doing the right thing. I bet when they hear this they won't do it anymore.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Sure are, Im just surprised so many fall for it. They showed a few american guys giving 20 dollar bills.
• Mexico
30 Apr 13
i was thinking the same, when I saw the story. Also Im not sure Id have the guts to do it.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
28 Apr 13
I would never give money away like that, not even to the homeless. It's a fighting world now a days, and well get up and work don't expect someone to hand it to them. So many people are llike this now a days.
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@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
28 Apr 13
It's sad people do this, and in the end it shows how heartless and lazy they really are. I know a few people who would do this.
• Mexico
30 Apr 13
Very true, also I bet they live better than you and I do.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
I kinda feel the same way as you do... But many dont. its a shame to be scammed.
@artemeis (4194)
• China
28 Apr 13
Shocking as it may seem and even disgusting but begging is already becoming a profession. In some cases, I do not know if you are aware there are syndicates for these professional beggars and to some extent have known to resort to brutal amputation of limbs to "make real" their plight. I hate it when I learn of certain syndicates using these brutalities on abandoned children or own children even. The authorities must step in and address these problems especially those genuine cases. Or else, the poor will be exploited and the image of the country will be tarnished. The latter is important to countries that promote tourism and such image will discourage tourists from visiting.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
One of the news guys watched them for hours. he said the cups were filled 6-7 times. They took money out, and put into a pocket. So cup would look like they hadnt got much.
@cynthiann (18602)
• Jamaica
28 Apr 13
I began to see this por lady holding two old suitcases and she had about four or ficve reaggedy children around her. She would be weeping and wailing and would tell everyone that her house had burnt down. I gave her some money but when I checked with my son all she had to do was to go to a particular government agency to get emergency help for her and the children. So what did this old fool do? I drove up and around the town until I found her in a different location still weeping and wailing and she had a crowd of people around her. So I went up and told her where to go to get emergency help and the lady was so mad at me. Evidently this was her scam and I had messed in her pitch
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Oh no, you also fell for one there. man.. they must sit in rooms together to think of these things.
@kprofgames (3091)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Wow that's some scam. What people will do to play on the smypathy of others....wow is all can keep saying.
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
I agree, I wonder how and when it started. Or who came up with the idea. Have a great week there.
@ARIES1973 (11426)
• Legaspi, Philippines
29 Apr 13
This was the first time I heard of this strategy. Although there are other type that I personally encounter, like the person will go to another place and is need of money for the fare. All I can say, they will have to pay for the price. There will always be a a harvest time. Have a great day!
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
I never think of doing things like that. Id be afraid someone would say let me see the cut little baby. CAUGHT ~~~~
• United States
28 Apr 13
We went to tijuana and my mother-in-law gave money to one kid and before we could move her along there was a whole line of children wanting money. We finally had to drag her away.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Yes, many also sell gums and things. I dont mind those kind. its the beggars I dont like. i had an aunt tell me a lady was mad when they told her no. have a great day there.
@Deepak2J (1178)
• India
28 Apr 13
Wow... I know about people telling like they will donate to temple or orphanage and need money. But never heard of this. They are becoming more and more clever now-a-days
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
I agree, I think they sit in a room and think of these things. I would never think to do this kind of thing. Have a great day there.
@emily7339 (1337)
• Malaysia
28 Apr 13
These people are "professional scammers" . Years ago I used to pity these people and would give them alms whenever I met them. However, I no longer doing it now as most of them are not genuine and I would prefer to give to a proper organization or a church that I know of .
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
I agree with you, its a shame we all fall for these things. I know I did, have a great sunday there.
@xstitcher (29825)
• Petaluma, California
29 Apr 13
I can believe it.
• Mexico
29 Apr 13
Have you seen something like that where you live at?
• United States
29 Aug 15
people do that in america too.i can't tell you how many fake "veterans" i've seen. there are some real ones,but it's hard to tell sometimes.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
28 Apr 13
I'm not surprised. Here in the states we have hundreds, if not thousands, of people standing on street corners begging. They look real--their clothes are tattered, they are dirty and unkempt, their signs say they are starving and people donate to them as they stop at traffic lights or pass by on foot. But many of these people live better than those who give them money. One man in Phoenix, Arizona, had a lovely house with a swimming pool, a couple of nice cars and a great standard of living overall. He mad his living begging as a homeless veteran! I never give to those people because I'm heavily taxed and part of those taxes are for programs to help homeless, starving people. I give money to legitimate charities but never individuals. But it goes to show how basically good people are that they throw coins and bills into those cups. Their hearts can be touched and softened by the sight of a mother in need. They have more humanity and decency that the person sitting there with a fake child asking for charity.
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
I agree, I hate to give to one and not to another so i choose not to give. i did buy a family a bus ticket here last year. But they earned it. They spent lots of money all year here in my cafe. So I didnt lose anything. Have a great day there.
@dagami (1158)
• Rome, Italy
28 Apr 13
it's sad how people go to such lengths to deceive others. these women could even be part of a criminal organization. some of them might be getting only a small portion of the alms because the big chunk goes to the "boss".
• Mexico
28 Apr 13
Sure is, If you saw the videos you would have never thought they were not real kids. What a shame..
@Pattitude (1287)
• Newton, North Carolina
10 Nov 15
Wow! Dolls? I might have had tossed some money to them too!
@Auntylou (4264)
• Oxford, England
10 Nov 15
Oh boy. I guess these women are using people's kindness to make a living , but how deceitful