We were in Nice last month. Walking home late in the evening after a long train journey and a big walk of the old town - very tired. We were approached by an old Swedish woman holding a tissue to her mouth. 'Do you speak English - I have been robbed'. She then told us a convoluted story about why she needed to borrow money until the morning. She would have been in her late 70s at least. I was skeptical over the story but couldn't understand why a clean, educated, elderly Swede would be walking the streets of Nice begging. My husband offered to accompany her to an embassy or the police. I should have paid more attention to the snaky look that came into her eyes. I gave her too many euros. On returning home I read a closed forum on tripadvisor and discovered she had been scamming like this since at least 2001!
Who is she and is she operating on her own or on behalf of someone else?