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Campaign targets sob story scammers

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 17:33 14/06/2013

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A Facebook campaign is fighting back against a family cadging cash with sob stories.

Danielle Muaror, 22, has posted images on her Facebook page of the family who she says approached her family with an emotive story asking for money - three times.

The post went up on Wednesday night and now has more than 2000 likes, 5000 shares and 1000 comments, with many saying they had been duped in a similar manner.

Muaror says the police have contacted her and have urged those who felt they had been scammed to contact them.

She says the first time she was approached was outside an Auckland takeaway outlet.

"The lady told me she was going up north to a funeral, that her card had been swallowed by the ATM and her kids were starving. I gave her $30 and saw her drive to the gas station, so thought she was genuine," she says.

Muaror quickly realised this was not the case when the woman pulled up next to her a few months later with the same story.

"When I saw her approach me again I thought she was going to thank me for helping her out last time."

It was third time unlucky for the alleged scammers when Muaror's mother was approached on Wednesday night.

"She takes off as soon as anyone confronts her. After the third time we were just sick of it and don't want other people to be scammed in the same way that we have been," Muaror said.

"Apparently there's a guy who does it as well. Sometimes they have children with them too."

Facebook responses suggest the scammers have worked their scam through Botany, Mt Wellington, Orewa, most of South Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, One Tree Hill, Greenlane and Balmoral.

People can call 261-1300 to lay a complaint with the Counties Manukau police.

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