Violin Parking Lot Scam and Fake Violinist with Instrument

The Violin Parking Lot scam is where fake Violinist set up at parking lots or elsewhere and "play" a violin connected to a speaker with a backing track to try to trick passerbys into thinking they are actually playing. One person fake plays the violin, while the other one collects the money. These scammers usually have signs that they are in financial need, they need to pay rent, can't find work because they are immigrants, or they have starving children.

Violin Parking Lot Scam and Fake Violinist with Instrument

These fake violin players, counterfeit musician or traveling scam artists are going from city to city fake performing and asking for money. If you have information about violin parking lot scammers in your area, please share in a comment below.

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  • December 15, 2021 at 9:20 AM by an anonymous user from: Florida, United States

    Bradenton Florida, Target in bayshore gardens

  • October 20, 2021 at 12:42 PM by an anonymous user from: Oakland, Rochester, Michigan, United States

    Shop Rite parking lot in Burlington Township, NJ off of Route 541 there is a guy playing the violin asking for money.

  • October 18, 2021 at 5:25 PM by an anonymous user from: Downtown Redmond, Redmond, Washington, United States

    They’re all over South NJ. They are mainly at the Targets, Walmarts, Lowes, Home Depot’s, and Shoprites (grocery store). They fake play the violin to a soundtrack. They play on the heart strings of people with some sob story that is a lie. They needs laws against these scammers. They don’t care that that swindle people out of money.

  • August 24, 2021 at 8:29 PM by an anonymous user from: Oakland, Rochester, Michigan, United States

    Fake violin players in menifee California by target

  • June 25, 2021 at 11:12 PM by an anonymous user from: Dupont Circle, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

    Fake violinist "playing" 6/26/21 at Fresh Market in Southern Pines, NC. Woman and 3 children with the "player". Dark grey Honda minivan. They left after I called him out on his scam.

    • August 29, 2021 at 7:12 PM by an anonymous user from: Anne Arundel County, Crownsville, Maryland, United States

      Fake violinist playing in Target parking lot in Montclair, VA. He had two small boys with him. Clearly a fraud fooling a man who I saw giving him money and making people falsely believe he was a working and skilled musician. Disgusting. This almost fooled me before looking the scam up on the internet.

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Violin Parking Lot Scam and Fake Violinist with Instrument