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Old 11 November 2015, 04:29 PM
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In my experience though, it's far more common to be asked for a light by people who want to light a cigarette (happens quite frequently) than it is to be asked by people trying to scam me (never happened, to my knowledge). Being wary would be reasonable, but simply assuming a scam isn't.

Maybe if I routinely carried a lighter, I'd find that all the people seemingly wanting to light cigarettes were in fact using that as the first stage of a scam. Certainly some might then ask for spare change - but once they'd established contact, they could do that whether I had a lighter or not. From watching other people provide lights, it seems that even the obvious beggars do actually just want a light.
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