Here’s how it works: A helpful passerby alerts you that you’ve lost something, and as you turn he picks up a thick gold ring that you must have ‘dropped’. “Not mine!” you say, …but since no one else is claiming it he generously offers it to you anyway. As he’s handing it over he realizes it’s marked 14k and must be worth quite a bit since it’s so heavy… After some discussion he graciously insists that you go ahead and keep it anyway, but shyly suggests that since it is clearly worth so much, and after all he is hungry and homeless, the only decent thing for you to do is to maybe give him a little something for his trouble… maybe a paltry 10 or 20 euros, since you can take it to a jeweler and get at least 50€ for it… …Sucker!
And speaking of gold… the Gold Necklace Grab is also unfortunately on the rise, happening in Nice at least once a day since the start of the summer. No finesse or subtlety here: just cowardly losers violently yanking the gold necklaces off fragile old ladies’ necks, and running away. Until gold prices drop, the best idea is to just leave your necklace at home.
See related page: Crime and Scams in Nice