The Mexico Daily Post newsroom received a letter from a reader who requested to remain anonymous warning fellow expats and travelers about a certain individual who has been spotted around the city of Mérida, Yucatán, harassing and trying to scam foreign people.
I have a little warning. This guy in the pictures goes around Centro (Mérida, Yucatán) trying to “scam” foreigners.
He comes with the story that he lives 2 houses away from you and that his wife took his car and his phone. But right now he has informed me (how without a phone), that his parents had an accident and are at the IMSS. He needs some money to go there and also pay for the medicine. He always asks for amounts of money fluctuating between 150 and 500 Mexican pesos.
My wife refused to help him. After that, he went to my next-door neighbor with another story. She wanted to give him some money but I warned her at the last moment.
Please be aware of this man. He also scammed 500 pesos from one of my other neighbors a few weeks ago.
He speaks Spanish and English and he is very charming. So apparently, that is how he gains trust and convinces the people. The man has been seen around Santa Ana, Santa Lucía, and Santiago, in downtown Merida.
If you run into this person, avoid giving him any money.