Bird Droppings in Buenos Aires

by Mary Passmore
(Bellingham, WA USA)

In Buenos Aires a common scam is for someone to throw some substance on your back and then point it out, saying that you have bird droppings on your shirt and offering to help clean it up. They usually work in pairs, and while one is busy with the tissue, the other grabs anything available- camera, wallet, package, etc.
We were warned about it at the hostel where we were staying, and that very day we had it happen.

We did a firm NO when help was offered with palm up, arm straight, and they melted away into the crowd.

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Bird Poop Scam in Argentina

by Jane Choi
(New York)

Bird poop scam in Argentina. Thought a bird pooped on me and my travel partner. Disgusted by the smell and good, a super nice and friendly looking couple that had witness this and was walking by approached us offering to help wipe us down with what they had on them. They were actually trying to pat us and steal from us. Fortunately, we were holding onto our stuff tightly and were using money belts and had stuff stored well on our bodies. The first scam I ever went through after traveling to numerous countries...

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Apr 01, 2013
Still it happens
by: Anonymous

31 March 2013
Same attempts made on my wife and I. Used impolite reply and being 6 feet 3 inches they left, jumping in a car with their a driver and their third accomplice, ("the bird poop" sprayer), and a driver and speeding off.

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