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Archive for January, 2008

The real Hustle – The flat rental scam

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The flat rental scam

Definition: The flat rental scam is an excellent example of a group of hustlers, selling something that just doesn’t belong to them. In the concrete example that we are about to analyze, this ‘something’ just so happens to be –don’t be surprised- a flat!

Some background information: Scammers can gain access to an empty flat in several ways. They can ‘cooperate’ with unethical estate agents, rent the flat themselves using a fake id or simply use the old method of breaking and entering. Now the trick kicks in after they have gained access to the flat; but we will discuss that a bit later.

This scam can be performed by just one individual but ideally there should be at least 2. The main idea is that the first scammer will play the role of an estate agent while the second scammer (and all others, if there are more than 2 people in the gang) will pretend to be someone who is interested in renting the flat. Although 90% of the scam is performed by the first scammer, the other 10% that the second scammer performs is so crucial that it can be a deciding factor on whether the scam will be successful or not.

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The real Hustle – The mustard dip scam

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The mustard dip scam

Definition: the mustard-dip scam is essentially one more variation of the common methods that ordinary thieves use to pickpocket you.

It is a known fact that cut-pursers prefer it when your purse is inside the ‘default’ position, the back pocket of your jeans (especially true for men). Now, imagine yourself walking down a busy, crowded street; your purse is full of money but as long as it’s inside your coat’s pocket you feel very calm and secure, right? Well, as it turns out hustlers have found new methods of physically separating you from your money, even when your purse is not in your back pocket! The scam requires at least two persons, ideally three or more. The scenario is described below:

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Tutorial – How to avoid key-loggers

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Tutorial – How to avoid key-loggers

Definition: What is a key-logger? A key-logger is a device (physical device, hardware) or a computer program (software). The aim of this device/program is to log all keystrokes that are generated from a keyboard. The keystrokes are secretly logged without the PC user knowing that whatever he types can be viewed by someone else. Usually, the person who has installed the key-logger can retrieve the log by pressing a combination of keys simultaneously and/or by providing a secret password. In some cases, the key-logger is also able to transmit the log remotely using email, Bluetooth signals or other methods.

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The real Hustle – The Keylogger scam

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The Key-logger scam

A few words about the scam: Living in an age of technology, the methods of con artists are becoming more and more sophisticated and complex; day by day. Modern businesses are experiencing a growing wave of high-tech cyber crime both from insiders and organized high-tech crime gangs. A popular cyber-crime is the use of key-loggers to secretly retrieve crucial/confidential information from the victim’s computer.

Fact: In April, 2005 a gang targeted a Japanese bank in London. Using their high tech skills, they planned to steal 220.000.000 pounds by infiltrating the bank dressed as cleaning staff and using computer information bugging devices (key-loggers) to get crucial/confidential information out of the bank and then make use of.

Definition: What is a key-logger? A key-logger is a device (physical device, hardware) or a computer program (software). The aim of this device/program is to log all keystrokes that are generated from a keyboard. The keystrokes are secretly logged without the PC user knowing that whatever he types can be viewed by someone else. Usually, the person who has installed the key-logger can retrieve the log by pressing a combination of keys simultaneously and/or by providing a secret password. In some cases, the key-logger is also able to transmit the log remotely using email, Bluetooth signals or other methods.

About the key-logger scam: A typical scenario of a key-logger scam is as follows: Members of the crime gang infiltrate a corporate building dressed as cleaning staff. They either swap the normal keyboards with ones that have a hardware key-logger embedded in them or, if possible, they install software key-loggers on as many computers as possible. When the employees of the corporation arrive at their office to work, everything appears to be normal. At this point, they would start working and provide all their login details on their computers without knowing that keyloggers are installed on their machines. Apart from crucial corporate information, the corporate employees could also become victims of theft. If the crime gang is targeting the bank accounts of the employees, then, using some social engineering methods, the hustlers can ‘rush’ the corporate employees into logging-in to their bank accounts; of course, this is all the scammers need in order to get hold of the confidential login information for the various bank accounts that the employees might posses.

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The real Hustle – A proposition bet

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A Proposition Bet

A proposition bet is basically “I can bet you I can do something when you bet against me that I cannot do this”. You talk about something that sounds absolutely impossible to do so most people will tell you “Well, there’s no way that can be done”. But if you turn to them and say “Yes, there is a way…” by this time they are so curious just to see how this is going to work that usually they’ll just pay a fiver (5 pounds or dollars) just to see what happens!

A proposition bet, is a great way to hustle a few free drinks in a meal. Have a look at the video!

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The real Hustle – The jewelry Shop Scam

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The Jewelry Shop scam

A few words about the scam: This scam relies mostly on the tendency of people to comply with the requests of authorities without doing an in depth analysis of the situation they are confronting at that given moment. This tendency, combined with the fact that this type of scam brings the victims face to face with an unexpected situation, makes up for a very good reason for the scam to succeed.

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The real Hustle – The monte Scam

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The Monte Scam

A few words about the scam: The monte scam is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It dates back hundreds of years and it is the classic paradigm of a con that has genuinely stood the test of time. The monte scam is based on teamwork. In order for the scam to be successful, there should be at least 3-4 individuals who are closely cooperating with each other. You should keep in mind that when you see a group of people around someone who is performing this game, chances are that most of them are into the trick.

What is the Monte Scam?

Definition: The Monte scam is a game where the operator (the scammer) has 3 discs. One of the 3 discs has a distinct mark below it (usually a white dot). The operator will initially show you the bottom of the discs and then he will shuffle the discs quickly. In order to play, you need to bet some money. Then, in order to win you should pick the disc that has the mark below it (after the discs have been shuffled and without being able to see their bottom of course).The operator (the person who manipulates the discs) is trained to shuffle the discs in such a way that you will not really be able to pick the right disc. So far everything is legit, right? So where is the scam? Well, chances are that while you are watching the game being performed (that is, you are not playing with your money yet), the operator will perform some lousy shuffling that even a kid would be able to track. Then, the other members of the gang will bet and win money from the operator (since they are cooperating behind the scenes, nobody is really loosing his own money). Seeing how easy it is to win, this will of course get you motivated to play too, but when your turn comes, the operator will put his real skills into play; chances are you will loose. Furthermore, the scam becomes even more interesting at the point when the operator –just a few seconds before you pick a disc- consciously turns his head away from the discs (he might pretend something caught his attention or that he is coughing). Then, while the operator is not looking at the discs one of the other players will swap the positions of 2 discs. Phenomenally, you -as a player- might think that the other player did this in order to confuse/cheat the operator; this will get you motivated to put a bet too. In fact, this is all part of the trick to get you to play with your own money and eventually loose.

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Wellcome to Scamplots!

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Although we hope that you will never have to confront such situations, the knowledge that you will acquire from this website should be enough to save you from serious trouble in the future.

We hope you will find all information in this website helpful!

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