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A two act play: Ring scam Toulouse

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Act one: I was standing on the sidewalk outside basilic St. Sernin when a young woman walking by stopped and picked up a gold ring from the ground. She pointed out the gold mark on the inside of the ring, indicated she was not allowed to wear jewelry,and put it in my hand. She walked away, then returned and asked for money for food. At that point I figured it was a scam (I'm a slow learner) gave her the ring back.

Act two: I was standing on the sidewalk outside Couvent des Jacobins about an hour later, when an elderly lady stopped and picked up an identical gold ring from the ground. She pointed out the gold mark, but I had learned my lesson well, and turned away immediately.

My DH wondered what would have happened if I'd kept the ring, and not given any money.

We were wondering just what the scam is. Are they just looking for a few euro, or were they looking to see where we kept our cash.

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