Red Carnations

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#1
Beaufort, SC
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Joined Oct 2010
Has anyone encountered people giving or selling red carnations in Lisbon, Portugal or Malaga, Spain? We were approached twice last week and I wondered whether it might be a thievery or pickpocket scheme. I'm just curious. patty3
#2
Vancouver, BC
1,282 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by patty3
Has anyone encountered people giving or selling red carnations in Lisbon, Portugal or Malaga, Spain? We were approached twice last week and I wondered whether it might be a thievery or pickpocket scheme. I'm just curious. patty3
I had to Google this. The red carnations are a symbol of the 1974 Portuguese revolution.

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#3
U.S.A.
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Joined Apr 2008
This is most definitely a pickpocket scam! Check out THIS LINK for more information and an in-depth description of the scam and how it works, or simply Google "red carnation pickpocket scam Spain" and you'll see tons and tons of links about this ruse! So beware!!