The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

The man ap­proaches a trav­eller on the Tube — of­ten on the North­ern or Cen­tral lines He some­times speaks in He­brew He al­most al­ways ap­proaches peo­ple who ap­pear to be re­li­giously ob­ser­vant

As soon as he has en­gaged peo­ple in con­ver­sa­tion, he asks them if they are Is­raeli or Jewish

He soon tells the trav­eller that he has ei­ther a sick mother or a sick child for whom he needs to buy medicines. He of­ten car­ries a bag con­tain­ing empty tablet boxes

He asks for ster­ling in ex­change for shekels, promis­ing to re­pay the per­son in shekels. He never has the shekels, but some­times prom­ises a money or­der, which he never makes good on. So far, kind-hearted Lon­don­ers have given hun­dreds of pounds to the con­man

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