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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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30 quid and the taxi fare home
I'm not gullible ... honestly

I've had my fair share of pavement dwelling pikeys (with palatial abodes to go home to) conning me out of my post-tax earnings due to their dog-on-a-rope partners with their big brown eyes and waggy tails. I'd never fall for such a scam.

There was this one guy who I found out was doing the con. He'd sit there outside the club with his lovely Jack Russell, his 2 sleeping bags and his smell of piss. Before I knew of his nefarious ways I'd bung him a couple of quid on my way home and feel guilty that I didn't do more. This all changed when I realised he was getting the last bus home from town every night and getting off a couple of stops before me (my wages would not pay the mortgage on the houses in his street. Grrrrr....)

After that I was less loose with my spare change. He still kept his pitch near the club and raked in his mortgage payments, but I never gave him one more penny. Instead I concentrated on the little bloke down the road who never got a red cent. He was skinny (lets call him Mr Skinny)to the point of being malnourished. He really did stink of piss and it was obvious to me and everyone else that this was a soul in need of help but because Mr Mortgage had the best pitch no-one had any loose change left by the time they got to him.

Here's the con. Mr Skinny had a friend, lets call him Mr Mortgage. Mr Mortgage knew by letting himself be seen by all and sundry on the last bus home and getting off in the posh neighbourhood all the people on the bus would feel pissed off and guilty for not having enough spare mulah to give to Mr Skinny. The next week they would go out of their way to ignore Mr Mortgage and give loads of money to Mr Skinny. When they passed Mr Mortgage and his dog-on-a-rope they could feel superior to the numptys who were throwing their money at Mr Mortgage, because they knew of the scam and felt so much superior, in fact, here's a fiver Mr Skinny.

Mr Mortgage and Mr Skinny have been doing this routine for about 6 years now. The house they share is lovely and was bought with cash. Now I just walk past the both of them and laugh my rocks off at all the tourists / pissheads / people like me 5 years ago who fall for their scam
(, Tue 23 Oct 2007, 0:01, Reply)

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