City Con Games

Introduction:Well, the big city can be pretty lurid on it's own sometimes. But many cities have an element of what is sometimes not known to a person arriving (especially by bus) to a big city.........

  • 01

    The Man Who Would Use Young Women As Profit

    There was once a show where a man sat and explained how he found girls to use their bodies for his profit. Admittedly, he had a group of young ladies who were actually attractive. His mode of choosing was that if he had to wait all day, every day, he knew the type of girl that would go along with him eventually. She's usually a young girl, perhaps even a runaway or simply a visitor, but alone. In the meantime, he's still on the hunt to beguile some females that otherwise would not. Beware the so-called flashy, fast-talking male. You see them at all the train stations.....there's usually a motive behind it....

  • 02

    Selling That Television

    One of our train station was once connected to the Greyhound Station. There would be a man who had a huge box with a television inside. He's selling you this beautiful television for an amazingly low price. You need a television and you may have transportation. He won't sell you the model but will take you to his car and give you an identical box, sealed and stapled up nicely. You get to your destination and you will find weighted material that feels like it could have been a television until you open to fine wood, bricks, any assortment of items to give you the feel of an actual set.

  • 03

    The Pigeon Drop

    This is probably the most callous con game of all because it's usually aimed at the Senior Citizen. Someone (younger adults) will walk up with this hugely surprised face and a frantic whisper that they have just found some 'money'. Oh, and it's BIG money. Even in the pre-cellphone days, they would tell you that they just phoned their lawyer and he's advised them to compare the serial numbers or frequency of numbers with some cash from the bank. They will ask if the person would withdraw money for the comparison. They may even try to follow you home. Once they have the money, the lawyer is to compare. They will leave with the money and you will never see them again. These things really do happen. About 35 years ago, my dear mother had it happen to her. I thank God my sister and father were there to see through this facade. They were confronted while my mother was calling her bank. The couple ran!

  • 04

    The Knockoffs

    I don't know. But people spend years in school and a quarter of a million dollars to be dress designers. They create their own lines of clothes and they become famous for their product. And then the counterfeiters are there to undermine their businesses by selling you a fake version. This not only hurts the Designer, but Designers also hire 'blue collar' workers to help them out. For the losses that the Designers experience, they usually have to lay-off their help.

  • 05

    The Woman and the Baby

    We all have sympathy for women who ask for help and they have a young child in a stroller. This is particularly sinister. The Government is providing food and nourishment and a lot of other things for the child. A woman should be taken to task who walks up to you and asks you for money to feed her baby. She needs it for other things! Peace.







Comments

  • Thorgrym 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    I never heard of the pigeon drop. That's a new one for me.
    Great list.

  • snowfence 2/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for the list of top five city con games. H5!

  • workhomeunion 2/18/2011 Flag This Comment

    As much as I hate to admit, the TV con happened to me, almost 30 years ago. This guy approached me in a parking lot, he had what appeared to be a brand new TV in a box marked, "Sears Best" and I could see the screen. I paid him $60 (which was good money in 1980), rushed home, called my best friend before I opened the box. My good friend asked me, "man, how do you always find the good deals?" He came over, I opened the box, and it was only a picture tube. My buddy was rolling on the floor, LMAO or LHAO (laughing his azz off because I was not amused). At any rate, we live and learn. The "Pigeon Drop" happened to a very close relative of mine about 20 years ago. So, as you can see, these scams have been around for a long time and unfortunately are still being used today. Great list that I will share with my kids.

  • toymaker 2/17/2011 Flag This Comment

    Many women exploit their children. How sad!

  • ListMaker 2/13/2011 Flag This Comment

    I think I'm glad I live in a suburb of DC and rarely go into the big city. Never heard of most of these scams but the pigeon drop is particularly scary to me!

  • PriscillaBenfield 2/11/2011 Flag This Comment

    High 5!!! Anyone who is unfamiliar with big city cons and is planning a trip should read this!

  • BonnieDossKnight 2/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great tips to help potential victims become street smart. HI5

  • goodselfme 2/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Wow, I was enlightened with your list of city con games of which I was totally unaware. It is amazing what some people think of to con another person.

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