[This seems to mirror issues in the UK, where a group of eastern European people are begging on the streets on behalf of deaf people].
Please be aware deaf people don't beg, do not want anyone approaching members of the public for money, notify the police instead. One concern is that the card is an identical card to the one used in the UK, which suggests there is a global scam going on?
An organisation for the deaf is warning kindhearted members of the public to be aware of scammers taking money for cards with the sign language alphabet on them. Con artists pretending to be deaf are frequenting businesses in Western Australia with an 'introductory card' for sign language.
One woman has been caught out multiple times offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5. One woman has been caught out multiple times allegedly offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5. One woman has been caught out multiple times allegedly offering the card to kindhearted members of the public for $5 On one side of the card, the scam artist introduces themselves to the stranger and apologises for 'troubling them'. 'I am deaf since childhood. Our goal is to earn a living. Buy please this alphabet which costs $5. And many thanks to you and your family.'
Lauren Emmens was with her family in Fremantle on Saturday, January 19 when the woman approached her. 'We were sitting inside of Gino's having coffee and cake and she came in and handed three cards out explaining she was deaf,' Ms Emmens told Daily Mail Australia. As Ms Emmens knows some sign language, she signed back to the woman saying: 'My name is Lauren'. 'I found it very strange when she didn't sign anything back to me but just nodded,' she said. 'As we were all taken aback that she just handed out the cards asking for $5 a pop we scrambled to get what change we had and gave it to her.