The Ring Sting
The Ring Sting requires two
hustlers, we will call them Fred and Bill.
Bill drives up to a gas station,
dressed in his Sunday best. After paying for two dollars worth
of gas and using the restroom, he comes out whelping about how
somewhere on the lot he lost his wife’s diamond ring that he was
going to get repaired. He frantically gets the gas station
attendant to help him look all over the place for it. After a
thorough and frustrating search, he leaves his phone number
along with an offer of a $400 reward for its return.
Fifteen minutes later Fred walks
up, dressed like a bum, and asks to use the restroom. He then
walks up to the gas station attendant with a diamond ring in his
hand and says: “Look what I found by the can, I bet it’s worth
200 dollars. Do you want to buy it?”
In most cases the attendant
remembers the 400 dollar reward and heads straight to the cash
register to get the 50% investment.
By the time he figures out that
the ring is a six dollar Woolworth special and the phone number
is to a pay phone down the street, they are long gone.
People tend to drive more slowly
in alleys. Hus132tlers
know this and often sneak out of the bushes while you’re driving
by to smack your car loudly and fall to the ground screaming in
agony. When you stop to help they demand cash angrily for their
It’s their alley and their
neighborhood. It’s safer just to pay the fifty dollars and
leave, than to get into a fight.
Ladies, when you park your car
and go in to exercise or shop, someone may be watching. He will
pop the hood and disconnect a wire. When you come out and
can’t start the car, he will come up and offer some help. After
tinkering around under the hood he will say: “This usually costs
about a hundred and fifty dollars to fix, but let me get my
screwdriver and see what I can do.”
After acting like a lot of work
is being done he will tell you to try and start the engine. This
will put you behind the wheel and unable to see how easy it is
to pop the connector back on. When the car starts he will try to
get twenty dollars for his time or a date or both.
Another unscrupulous way that the
slime meet girls is by running secretarial help wanted ads
with very high pay and stating “must be able to travel.”
It’s the travel part that lets
them know you are probably single.
Three Penny Smack
This scam requires 2 people
One goes into a bar and strikes
up a conversation with somebody. The other acts like a drunk and
stays outside. The drunk walks in later and becomes part of the
conversation without acting like any of them know each other.
The drunk acts surly. He offers
to flip pennies for a drink. The two “evens” have to buy the
“odd” a drink. While the drunk isn’t looking, the hustler tells
the victim: ”This guy is so drunk, he doesn’t know what’s going
on. You flip first, the drunk second and I’ll flip third. It
doesn’t matter what I flip because he’s too drunk to see. So
I’ll call whatever is needed for one of us to win.
Let’s have some fun with this guy
and get some free drinks.”
Of course the fake drunk is
conveniently out of ear shot while his partner is telling the
victim how to win. The drunk loses along with the victim, so
they pitch into buying the hustler his drink.
While the drunk goes into the
bathroom as planned, the hustler says to the victim: “See how
easy it was?” and gives him his money back. When the drunk
returns, he pulls out a wad of cash and challenges them to a
bet. The hustler whispers to the victim that they will split the
winnings. Sure enough, the hustler is the “odd” man. The drunk
and the victim pay up. The hustler winks at the victim and
motions for them to go outside.
Just when they start to split the
money, the drunk walks out and says: ”Hey you two are con men.
You cheated me out of my money.
I’m going to call the police.” The hustler says: “No, no, don’t
call the cops, we just met at the same time you walked
The drunk: “Well then, you walk
on out of here, and I will stay with your friend for a few
minutes to make sure.” The hustler agrees and whispers to the
victim that he will be back in thirty minutes to split the money
The drunk walking out at the
perfect time is the “blow off.” The “blow off” is used to give
the guy with the money the time to get away. The story ends when
the fake drunk meets up with the hustler to split the victim’s
As with most cons, the mark
thought he saw an opportunity for easy cash but instead he got
There is some truth in the old
saying: ”You can’t cheat an honest man.”
Ever been really hungry for steak
and lobster, but didn’t think you could afford it? Some people
never worry about money. They don’t dine and dash unless there’s
an open window in the bathroom. They are far more clever and
have a plan.
For example: The hustler sits
down, eats dinner and gets the check. When no one is looking, he
puts the check in his pocket, stands up and acts like he sees
something on the floor. He bends over and “finds” a ring under
his table. He goes to the people sitting closest and says: “I
just found this ringunder my table. I’m going to give it to the
manager in case someone comes back to claim it. I’m going to
point where I found it. When you see me pointing to you, just
wave so he knows the area where the ring was found.”
The hustler secretly puts the
ring back into his pocket and walks up to the host. He talks for
a minute about the weather or something, and says: “Those nice
people are picking up my check.” When he points to the people
who were sitting by him, they wave back. Then the con artist
walks out with a free dinner in his stomach.
This next “belly buster”
takes two people. The first person walks in to a Denny’s, sits
at the counter and orders a steak dinner. A few minutes later
his friend walks in and sits next to him and orders a cup of
coffee. They act like they don’t know each other.
When no one is looking, they
switch checks. The person who ate the steak dinner takes the
coffee check to the cashier, pays for it and walks out. After he
has had enough time to get away, the coffee drinker turns his
steak dinner check over and complains that all he had was
coffee. He refuses to pay for a steak dinner he did not eat. The
two hustlers meet up later and go to another restaurant and
reverse the roles so they can both have a free meal.
It’s in the Mail
To some these methods are too
troublesome. They prefer going to the post office to pick up
their free goods instead. First, they write down the customer
service addresses of all the products they use. Then they send
complaint letters to each of them. It’s usually standard
practice for the companies to settle the grievance by sending a
free coupon to replace the
Homeless and Rich
It’s painfully obvious that most
panhandlers are destitute and living the existence of our
nightmares: derelicts, addicts, or victims of horrible
luck barely scraping by. Their only moments of peace are their
nightly naps in the gutter. These poor souls should be helped as
much as possible.
Unfortunately, a lot of well
intended donations get into the wrong hands.
A good panhandler can make six
figures. One sure way is to have a female partner. He
then approaches people with a hard luck story connected with his
new bride who is now two months pregnant.
Another old trick they use is to
rub globs of
their eye lashes and act blind. The New York police call them “blinkies.”
Keep the Receipt
The hustler goes to a dry
When the cleaner turns his head,
he reaches over the counter and steals his receipt book. Once
outside he writes, “$19.95 Stain Removal Sweater,” on a receipt.
He then goes to a restaurant with
a story about his wife who had been in a week ago. She got
mustard on her new sweater, and the waitress told her to get it
cleaned and bring back the receipt. He acts embarrassed because
his wife is making him do this.
Since the receipt is under twenty
dollars, they usuSTREETally give him the money. Hustlers have
been known to scam as many as five restaurants an hour.
The Yard Stick to Riches
Ever go to a gas station or store
with a yard stick and swipe it under the vending machines? It’s
one of those socially embarrassing types of treasure hunt, but
very rewarding. You usually can knock several quarters your way.
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misuse of this information may result in jail time or death.
Do not attempt any of these tricks without the direct
supervision of a responsible professional.