They would certainly have had more reasons to perform those type of scams in those days, the social food chain being what it was and keeping in mind the lack of welfare help.
I suppose its similar to the modern day scam set up by bogus charity's leaving plastic bags to fill up with unwanted clothes.
Scrubs up well though Geekus, I'm losing the will to live,
anyway thats me off my soapbox.
God help us,
Don't send Jesus,
This is no place for children.