There are various ways to get scammed in Budapest, what with “hyena taxis” and “girls who know a good place,” but those are cases of locals screwing over foreigners. Now it seems there are foreigners screwing over the locals, namely the (possibly) Norwegian guy in this photo, who went to a Hungarian with the sob story that he and he buddy had been robbed and needed to get back to Norway to defend their doctoral dissertation. Most everything had been taken care of, minus a ferry ticket that would cost them €188, which they couldn’t pay electronically since the ferry only accepts cash payments within 48 hours of departure. Hence the need for some local assistance.
Cue the unfortunate local woman who wanted to make things right, and helped the two scammers out, by giving them €190 after their father forwarded an email confirmation that the money had been wired to her account. According to the mark, everything looked legit and the guy even posed for the photo above for verification, but after she went home to verify the bank’s swift code, she instead came across similar stories, and realized she had been duped. We suppose it’s better than being frog marched to an ATM, however. [homar.blog.hu]