What Are The Cleverest Scams You Have Come Across? Episode II
True stories of scams perpetrated or almost carried out. The idea is to keep you informed and privy to the tactics employed by scammers, while keeping you entertained.
This is one of the cleverest scams perpetrated by Steve Comisar of Beverly Hills, California. He is currently serving time in Federal Prison for a separate fraud case.
Comisar ran ads in national magazines offering a “Solar Powered Clothes Dryer” for only $49.95. His ads stated that the “Scientifically Proven Space Age Clothes Dryer” was guaranteed to work for five years provided there was adequate sunlight.
The devices were described as “using no batteries or electricity” and the package also came with “Free Shipping”. The National Enquirer was a favorite publication for his ads.
Unsuspecting customers would purchase the clothes dryer only to receive a length of clothesline.
Deposit Slips at the Bank
A certain man put personal deposit slips on top of the stack of generic ones at the bank. People took those without realizing they were his; they entered their account names and numbers, but the bank computer read the bar codes and deposited their money in his account.
What made it clever was that he thought he was not breaking the law. They try to prosecute him on taxes. Dude had paid all his taxes.
In fact, I’m not sure what law he broke, but he was arrested and convicted. Maybe he broke some code against fraud.
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