Quite a while back I wrote about the Fake Monks who were rinsing people (mainly tourists) in my neighbourhood for donations - yeah you know the ones where you can see their t-shirt under their robe and talking on the mobile phone when they think you're not looking. If you missed it you can read the post here.
Well there is a new rouse in town.
Yesterday I was walking down by the river when I heard someone to the right of me say "Excuse me miss...you have a lucky face". Hmm I thought, am I really about to get lucky?
Maybe it's my London street savvy kicking in but usually when someone says something weird like that, I start formulating my exit strategy rather than letting myself be drawn into them or amused. Yes I've had to deal with enough nutters in my time!
So I gave a little polite "why how very kind of you" laugh and kept walking along. And as I did I remembered that another Indian gentleman had come up and said exactly the same thing to me a year ago. I was starting to hear twilight zone music in my head and began to wonder was this something to do with...
a) a cult
b) a scam
c) that our stars were aligned
Well I wish it was something as romantic as that, but sadly not.
Eager to unearth the truth I got straight on the Internet and guess what? Yup it's a scam.
So according to another blog - Snippets from Singapore - this is what would have probably have happened if I'd stuck around to find out what was next ...
"Excuse me ma'am, your face looks very lucky. You are healthy and happy, can I see your forehead? You have three lines. One is happiness and yours says you are very happy. One is health, and you are going to live a long life, die in your sleep peacefully between the ages of 87 and 95. The middle line is wealth. You think too much about your wealth.
He asked questions, did a little magic trick, tried to tell me my fortune. Then he told me he was a yogi from India who travels from country to country to talk about meditation and yoga. He asked if I was poor, medium, or rich."
OK WARNING BELLS AT THIS POINT!!! Trying to decipher your giving capacity. Nice.
Fair play to you Snippets of Singapore. And nice try "yogi" pulling the guilt card out there at the end with the unhappy heart threat because we all know that money leads to happiness. Pah!
I'm sorry for all the true yogis out there whose reps are being trashed by these charlatans. Jeez some people we do anything to make a buck or two!
*Read the full blog post by Snippets of Singapore here.