I put this in here as it was so long ago, only the old farts will be aware and may/may not want to remember. My particular brush had a happier ending. 'Twas the end of 1981 and I flew back to Luton from BAOR to commit social suicide by getting married (didn't realise at the time) in Kent. Can't remember how or where, but I know I'd had a number of sherberts prior to flying and a couple or more tinnies on the train to London (trying to make it sound better for the pending embarrassment) When I get off the train I have a wait for the next one and am studying the timetable when I am approached by a long lost 'friend' "Alright mate! I remember you from the plane over! I see you have a wait for your train" I can cut chunks out of this as it goes on a bit but he was In the Army, talked about the reggie boxing match they've just had and how he beat his heavyweight opponent with the brush of an eyelash. 'Could I change up a tenner for two fivers' 'Do I play cards' etc etc etc. With hind sight, I was being targetted for a scam that was to haunt me for over a year. The next minute, I find myself playing cards with him just to pass the time, not for money of course. Game of Brag? says he. Next minute he is pushing about 30 quid over to me and saying "You're good at this... just give me a chance to win some of that back" Mate... says I, we weren't playing for money, I don't want your money. Too late matey! He's just done you with a five card trick and is demanding over a Â£150... with menaces. No-way mate, I haven't got that sort of money and we weren't playing for money anyway! "Yes you have, I saw it in your wallet when you changed up for me" "that's a few Escudos for the honeymoon" He had the grace to say that the only reason I was not getting filled in was that I didn't take his money in the previous game and he didn't want a few shitty Escudos in any case. He was gone and it was over in a flash. I have to say, even though I did not part with any money, I felt (and was) a total Knob. 21yr old, gullible, looked about 16, built like a dragonfly and half cut to boot, I felt bloody awful and ashamed I'd got myself into that mess and didn't have the bottle to do anything about it.... at the time. I didn't tell anyone for a long time because of the shame and carried on as normal. Roll forward to about April '83 and I'm returning to BAOR after a trade course in the UK and meeting a mate at the railway station, to Luton, from London. I got there early and vaguely recognise this man and he's sat at a table talking to a young bloke. I walked over to the young bloke who was just about to use a cash machine and asked him about the bloke he was talking to at the table. Did he do this? Tell you this? ask you this? " Yes he says" Where has he gone now asks I "right behind you" replies the bloke who had tried to rip me off a year earlier! I saw red, had nothing to lose and started to rip into him verbally and asked him if he remembered me. "No, he replies" You tried the same phuckin stunt on me over a year ago you robbin' ba****d! He tried to leg it and we had a 'bundle' in amonst all the tables and chairs. As luck would have it, the mate I was meeting just turned up and also the unknown lad at the cashpoint helped out and we tied him in a knot and dragged him off to the Police office on the station. It MUST be some sort of con that he could get done for and we have him red-handed so to speak. The old bill had him for about half an hour, did some checks on him... Known not currently wanted or disqualified etc etc. They then let him go and said they couldn't do anything as we had entered into the 'game' with him willingly and it would be impossible to prove otherwise. I remember a cleaner at the station came up to us after and said he'd watched what went on and was glad to se the bloke get a semi -kickin'. He'd worked at the station for years and had seen literally hundreds of young squaddies getting targetted by the same scam... just at that one station!! So! were any of you the young man at the cashpoint? Thanks if you were! Were any of you taken in by this con merchant (who wasn't in the services after all) and can now admit it on here after all these years. Anybody else manage to grip him? SOMEBODY on here must have had dealing with him. Wish we had taken him 'round the back' and dealt with it properly now!