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The Black Money Scam

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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

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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

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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

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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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Fairground Scams

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The Definition: For all of our adult lives, The Fairground Scam is one that most of us have secretly suspected existed. We have all tried our luck at these games in order to win “valuable” prizes – but in reality, we have probably never seen anybody walk away with that giant stuffed toy on the top shelf, have we? There is a good reason for that – they are often almost impossible to win.

The Mark: Any guy or girl out for a good time at the fair. Usually it is a young gentleman who wants to show off his prowess in games of skill and chance, and along the way win a prize for his fair beauty. We hope our mark has come prepared to lose his money – because the best bet on the midway is that he’s going to.

The Scam: The ways that scammers dupe marks at the fairground are as many and varied as the games of chance themselves. Today, we shall take a quick look at the “pop the balloon” game.

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The customs sieze scam

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The Definition: The Custom Seize Scam is an elaborate and risky scam for the cons, but with a big prize if they pull it off. They rely on our natural respect for authority; the presence of a uniform and a badge causes us to forego our natural skepticism, ask fewer questions and to do what we are told. The scammers play on this fear to take what it rightfully your, and make it wrongfully theirs.

The Mark: A carload of young lads just back from a booze cruise, their auto laden with just-purchased cases of liquor and wine purchased in France. They may skirt customs, but they won’t evade the greedy glare of our hustlers.

The Scam: The spotter keeps a sharp eye out for a carload of likely marks, while the two fake custom agents go to a secluded spot to disguise their van to look like an official customs vehicle. These con-artist agents are taking a terrific chance dressing up as custom agents, because the punishment for this impersonation could be a year in jail. When they’re done preparing, though, resplendent in their yellow vests and uniforms, complete with radio communication, they are very convincing. Only the most discerning mark would suspect that they were a pair of scammers running a con game.

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The real Hustle – The Bogus Agency Scam

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The Definition: The Bogus Agency Scam is one of the more elaborate hustles, entailing the renting of space to set up a phony talent agency. The aim of the scam is to play upon the victims’ desire to make it big in show business – and their willingness to back up this desire with hard-earned cash. The set-up is complicated, but for the scammers, the payoff is big time indeed.

The Mark: Any talented – or, for that matter, not so talented – young lady or gent who believes that he’s destined for the bright lights and big city. This lust for celebrity blinds them to the reality of the situation – the cons are not interested in your voice, they are interested in your money!

The Scam: Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, The X Factor and shows of this ilk have all conspired to make The Bogus Agency Scam more popular than ever before. Folks see talented amateurs being rewarded with great celebrity and national attention, season after season; young people who were improbably given the opportunity to quit their day job – and to pursue a life of glamour and excitement in the heady world of show business.

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The real Hustle – The Window Tap Scam

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The Definition: The Window Tap Scam is a simple case of misdirection, the same as any amateur magician might use. While you are focusing your attention on some mundane task, your valuable items are being secreted away by one of the scam artists.

The Mark: Any careless individual who is not paying proper attention to the location of his or her valuables. An item that you cannot see, or are not touching, is grist for the hustler’s mill.

The Scam: One of our light-fingered scam artists has noticed a young woman at a café, who has foolishly hung her pocketbook on the back of her chair. She cannot see it; she cannot feel it; and very soon, she will not have it. This mark will pay the price for her trusting nature.

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The real Hustle – The Laptop Theft Scam

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Definition: The Laptop Scam involves some sophisticated sleight-of-hand and choreography on the part of the scammers. Unlike other hustles that rely on the mark’s gullibility, this feat of legerdemain magically makes your valuable computer disappear into thin air.

The Mark: A typical business traveler, pre-occupied with his work and his flight. He’s traveling with his laptop – but unfortunately, he’s also traveling with a false sense of airport security.

The Scam: Often worth more than money, the value of information stored on your computer’s hard drive may be incalculable. Though we all take great pains to insure that proper back-ups are done and kept up-to-date, experience tells us that this is not always the case. For this reason, the Lap-Top Scam can teach us one of the more painful lessons we learn in life – in many ways more wrenching than the loss of mere money, or other personal property.

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The real Hustle – The Lottery Scam

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Definition: The Lottery Scam appeals to one of mankind’s basest instincts – greed. The prospect of obtaining easy money fuels everyone’s desire to play the lottery, but when a huge windfall is virtually handed to you, an investment of hundreds of your hard-earned pounds seems to be a small price to pay, especially when you believe the windfall is tens of thousands. There’s only one problem: the windfall, in the guise of a winning ticket, is a carefully crafted, computer-generated counterfeit.

The Mark: Any trusting individual sitting in a public place – especially if he has an eye for pretty girls and easy money.

The Scam: When a vivacious young lady in sexy clothes sits down with a gentleman, uninvited, and chats him up, a man may quickly think that he is having a lucky day. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth: this fetching girl is part of a team of con artists. You don’t know it yet, but your day is about to go straight downhill; you are about to become a victim of The Lottery Scam.

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