Violin Playing Scam

Violin Parking Lot Scam – How To Spot a Fake Violinist

A new kind of scam has been making waves in the United States lately. Fake Violin-playing scammers with signs that say, “Help me feed my 3 kids” or “Help me pay the rent. God bless you” are taking advantage of kind hearted people.

This scam is becoming popular and is been performed almost in any parking lot or grocery shop you can think of. So how do these scammers work? How can you spot a fake violin player?

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How Do These Scammers Work?

From our investigations, and that of KETK NBC, the fake violin playing scam is performed by a gang of travelers. Often times, these scammers perform with a woman and a child in the background acting as their ‘Wife’ and ‘Kid’.

Then the signs ‘Please Help me, I’ve lost my Job. I have two kids. Help for food and rent, God bless!

Damn! This got me in my feelings. Do you know what it takes for one to shove shame away and beg in public? I bet I’d even give my last dime to this impoverished family. BUT……..that isn’t the story!

These scammers have written a beautiful script, got a speaker that plays music flawlessly, and now they’re playing with our emotions with a fake Violin!

Damn! Damn!

How To Spot A Fake Violin Player

Even if you know nothing about musical instruments, you can still fish out a fake violinist. You only need to pay attention WITH YOUR EYES!

Though the sound coming from the speaker next to the player is loud and flawless. If you observe carefully you’d see that the bow doesn’t even touch the surface of the instrument.

Also, during the different points in the performance, the songs would feature note changes or the vibrato would cause expressive shifts in the pitch of the song, but the fake violinist’s fingers wouldn’t move on the fingerboard. That’s some kind of magic!

When you request for a scale — A minor or C major, the supposed ‘violin player’ would feign tiredness and would start packing his instruments!

This scam is pretty much common, and has become more rampant now in 2021. These scammers travel from place to place, taking advantage of good natured people. They’ve been noticed in Washington, Florida Target, Houston, College Station, etc.

What do you think should be done? Have you ever given money to a fake violinist? Please share your experience and opinion in the comment section below.


  1. They got me this past weekend. The music was so beautiful but I listened from a distance. When I pulled up to give a donation, I didn’t stay to watch after I donated because other people were coming over to do the same. This was at a strip mall in Lisbon, CT.

  2. There are literally hundreds of companies that are shorthanded in every town across the country. I like helping others but they have to want to help themselves. No reason to be waiting for handouts. Go get a job. I’ve seen a “violinist” twice. Both times, I drove through the shopping center and looked for help wanted signs. There were at least 2 places hiring in both instances. No handouts from me.

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