By duped - Pakistan
Today, our cleaning lady's son came to our house claiming that his mother had died of a heart attack. We gave him her entire month's salary as well as some extra money. A few hours later, our cleaning lady turned up for work. Turns out she doesn't have a son. FML
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  humorizer  |  14

Wonderful thing for the "son" to do on Ramadan. Have people no shame? And to think that I recently Pakistan was the one country whose people generally try to follow Islam to an extent. :/

  teameminem  |  2

This could be a double scam. "Son" get's the money, lady and her split it 50/50 then cleaning lady gets a bit of a reduced paycheck, but with the extra money has more money (from the faking his mothers death scam) then she normally would. You never know.

  inSayne  |  7

Or, she DID have a son, and was in on the whole thing. Saying she has no son makes it seem like he had nothing to do with it, and since it's not her fault, she will still get paid, plus have that extra money from the scam.

  ImaginaryFoe  |  0

Not everyone looks like their parent(s). A superficial resemblance is often enough for a passing glance and who scrutinises the help or a kid claiming his mum died?

Not that I'm giving you an out, OP. You're big hearted - probably out of guilt for not bothering to know her very well. If your mum dies, do you think the first thing you'll do is go to her hob asking for money she didn't earn yet? Be kind once you're sure you're not being conned.

BTW, tighten up your security. You've just let some ruthless people know that you keep large sums of cash on hand (assuming if you'd written a check this wouldn't be as big of an issue).

  loveexgirl  |  15

Well, my comment got thumbed up before 38 commented meaning people are are probably as stupid as me but then they saw I was wrong so of course they thumb me down.

  NOWAYJOSE  |  14

OP didn't give him her own salary, she gave the son the cleaner's salary.

  VeganVampyre  |  26

Still a good point though- OP didn't even know whether the cleaning lady had a son or not, so they obviously weren't at all close. So why give her "son" not only her entire month's pay, but extra as well?

  Zebidee  |  8

Not necessarily. In a lot of countries, having cleaners or whatever is pretty normal. You could probably pull this scam off cold in an upmarket neighbourhood, although you'd have to be prepared to run pretty fast if they actually knew the cleaner's personal circumstances.