Don't fall for Moscow's "Missing Cash" scam
The Scam: A pedestrian bumps against you and drops something. “If you
pick it up and attempt to return it, you’ll find you’ve got a bagful of banknotes and a
bagful of trouble,” says Tony Wheeler. “That’s when the careless cash-dropper
accuses you of removing some of the money.” Of course, the bad guy turns out to be willing to
forget the whole incident in exchange for a fistful of rubles.
Advice: Don’t be afraid to call someone a crook, loudly, and walk away.
Often the last thing they want is for the police to become involved, because the police know about
most of these scams already.