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The Black Money Scam

Posted by Awareness

The Definition: The Black Money Scam is one of the truly unique hustles. Our gang is selling “canceled” £10 notes – overprints that the English mint is sending to be burned, but which must first be “canceled” by painting it with an indelible black ink. This ink, of course, cannot be removed – or can it?

The Mark: This sting is effective across a wide swath of the population, particularly with young people in debt. It is the promise of easy money – the prospect of turning £30 into £100, over and over again – that lures otherwise sensible individuals into falling for a scam which is, of course, too good to be true. They try to remove the black ink, and wind up swimming in red ink.

The Scam: We find our gang set up in a tent at a U.K. Car Boot Sale, a popular location for scam artists, dipsters and hustlers. The gang has carefully prepared a supply of £10 “notes”, inked completely black so that no printing may be seen beneath the ebony covering. Of course, these are merely blank pieces of paper, carefully cut to be the exact size of a genuine note. And when they are artfully pitched as a windfall to our greedy marks, they will fetch many a real ten pound note in return.

The crowd gathers before a table manned by our scammer, upon which are stacks of black notes bundled together in lots of ten. Also on the table are an inexpensive, plain, printer’s ink roller and some ordinary, lemon-smelling, cleaning liquid. The hustle begins in the form of an explanation to the rapt audience. “When the English mint,” begins our hustler, “prints too many notes, they must send the excess off to be burned…” So begins this improbable tale. He explains how he and his compatriots have “accidentally” come upon a van full of these notes, and further, they have developed a “solution” that will quickly and easily remove the ink from the perfectly genuine – not counterfeit, merely “canceled” – £10 note.

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The Ring Reward Scam

Posted by Awareness

The Definition: The Ring Reward Scam taps a single mark for some serious money with a practically worthless bauble. A “lost and found” scam, it intricately sets up an unsuspecting barman with an eye for both the ladies and a few hundred suspiciously-gotten pounds. When he fronts reward money to the finders of a lost “diamond” he finds himself the victim of a real hustle.

The Mark: A local bartender in a quiet pub, lazily going about his business, setting up for the night’s trade. This turns out to be one mark we cannot feel too sorry for, since it is not only his greed that winds up costing him dearly – but also his dishonesty.

The Scam: The setup for this hustle starts with the purchase of a seemingly expensive ring, but which is actually a cheap piece of costume jewelry worth no more than £5. In the hands of a seasoned scammer, this junk will be passed off as a genuine diamond ring worth more than £3,000!

The sting starts with a fetching female scam artist, the owner of the “diamond” ring, walking into a pub on a quiet afternoon, and striking up a conversation with the bartender. After asking him to make change of a £50 note (to establish herself as a woman of some means), she casually mentions that the fifty is a birthday present – today is her 21st birthday! – and that she is waiting to meet a friend. In the world of hustlers and scam artists, however, there are no real friends. She is waiting to meet an accomplice – another striking female – and together they will set what’s known as The Honeytrap.

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The Wi-Fi Scam

Posted by Awareness

The Definition: The Wi-Fi Scam is scamming gone high-tech. Setting up in one of the now-common free, wireless access locations so frequently found in hotel lobbies, airports or coffee shops, our hustler-turned-techie steals credit card information from unsuspecting marks. Before he leaves the area, he has gone on an on-line shopping spree, and left a roomful of dupes with fraudulent credit card charges.

The Mark: It is becoming more and more common these days for laptop owners to use their computers on unsecured networks in public places. These Wi-Fi access points are quite accommodating and convenient, but unless your anti-scam program is running, you, too can be a victim of the Wi-Fi hustle.

The Scam: Hustling has been around as long as money, and the art of the scam has proven to be as adaptable as mankind itself. When technology advances, larceny advances with it.

So it is with the Wi-Fi Scam. Having pre-tested his system, the swindler enters a hotel lobby or airport waiting area and sets up his laptop. He has configured it so that his laptop can hijack the internet signal at the access point – because of its proximity to other users, he putting out a more powerful signal than the hotel, café or airport.

As the marks filter in and set up their computers, little do they know that when they attempt to log on, it will be the scammer’s network onto which they will be logging – not the hotels.

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The Mind My Bag Scam

Posted by Awareness

The Definition: The Mind My Bag Scam is merely another way scammers use misdirection to distract the mark and lift his valuables. Asking someone to keep an eye on your things means he’s keeping less of an eye on his own; and this particular scam throws in a twist that renders the mark almost completely vulnerable – and quite a bit poorer in the end.

The Mark: If you’ve been paying attention to this site, you know that all too often when we are talking about a mark we are using the phrase Good Samaritan. Sadly, that is the case once again with this scam. The mark is doing only what any responsible, well-intentioned citizen would do when asked – helping a fellow human being who seems to need a little bit of assistance. Little does he know that our scammers are counting on his good intentions for the hustle to work properly and his kindness will cost him dearly.

The Scam: Our swindlers, two men and a woman, are arrayed at three separate tables in a café. The mark, who has his laptop slung onto the back of his chair, is minding his own business, oblivious to the fact that before he even finishes his cup of tea, he will be missing his computer and all its precious files.

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