Cork public warned of a scammer with a big sob story targeting people in the city centre

Cork public warned of a scammer with a big sob story targeting people in the city centre
The scammer targeted people on Michael Collins Bridge between Penrose Quay and Anderson's Quay. Picture David Creedon

The Cork public is being warned of a scammer taking advantage of people's kind nature.

The well-dressed man has been approaching people on the streets of Cork telling them he had just flown in from Amsterdam but had his bags, passport and wallet stolen.

One of the people approached by the man was Andy, who contacted the 96fm Opinion Line yesterday and spoke to PJ Coogan.

"There’s a lad performing his own scam around Cork. Absolutely disgraceful. The guy approached me six weeks ago. I’m 22 just finished college, taking the year out so I’m not exactly 'well off'."

"He told me on the verge of tears 'please man you’ve gotta help me, this is so embarrassing. I’m not homeless, I’ve never asked anyone anything my whole life but I f**ked up. I just flew in from Amsterdam today and my bags, passport and credit card were stolen. I’ve rang the guards, they’re going to find a place for me to stay tonight' etc."

"The guy was so convincing, he was crying in front of me telling me about his wife at home and how he’s stranded. I didn’t have much on me but gave the guy a fiver, and for the next few days, I regretted not helping him more," Andy said.

"I could’ve gone to the atm and taken out a €50, he was even hinting at this and said he’d take my bank details and transfer the money as soon as he got himself sorted out. But I was on the way to the train station so didn’t go the extra mile for him."

Despite his kindness, Andy said he shocked by what occurred yesterday.

"Then just today, I just got off work early and I’m walking over the bridge to the train station by Jury’s Inn when the same guy comes up to me. 'Man I’m so sorry to stop you but please, look at me, I’m not homeless, will you please listen to me'."

"He starts telling me the exact same story again. 'I flew in from Amsterdam today...I f**ked up'."

"I responded: 'Hang on I’ll stop you there bud, you approached me six weeks ago with the same story'." 

"I kid you not, the guy stops his whimpering and crying immediately and just says 'oh sorry' really distantly and walks past me. I shouted after him calling him this and that."

"Are you serious like? The homelessness in Cork is reaching a horrendous point and this pr**k is trying to scam people. He has the audacity to guilt people, and I hope no elderly people have been stopped by him, but to guilt people when a homeless person would genuinely feel so embarrassed to beg to that level."

"I dunno if he was just a five-star actor shafting people for extra money or if he’s a coke head. The guy looked so well-off," Andy added.

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