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.