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Why would anyone give thousands of dollars to a Nigerian prince? Or play a well-known scam like Three Card Monte? Scammers and con artists convince people to do it every day. We will tell you why people become suckers and how it is done.

Scams & Cons Jim Grinstead

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 3 Ratings

Why would anyone give thousands of dollars to a Nigerian prince? Or play a well-known scam like Three Card Monte? Scammers and con artists convince people to do it every day. We will tell you why people become suckers and how it is done.

    Alabama sheriffs use 1939 law to starve prisoners and pocket the savings

    Alabama sheriffs use 1939 law to starve prisoners and pocket the savings

    In 1939, Alabama gave local sheriffs control over prisoner food budgets. They could decide how the money was spent and what food was served.

    If they spent less than what was budgeted, the rest of the money would not go back to the county, it would go legally into the sheriffs' pockets. Hey, what could go wrong?

    It wasn't until 2019 when the Alabama legislature changed the law so any excess funds would go back into public coffers.

    Before then, sheriffs abused prisoners so they could build expensive private homes, but that's not the only way prisoners and their families were extorted and we'll tell you about those, too. 

    When you have a captive market, the pickin's are easy.
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    • 21 min
    Season Four begins in two weeks!

    Season Four begins in two weeks!

    We're making a pivot in Season 4. Having run you though all of the scams run on individuals, we're taking a look at con jobs run on thousands or millions of people.

    Our teaser tells you what you need to know. The new season begins in just two weeks.
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    Introducing Scamapalooza!

    Introducing Scamapalooza!

    It's my second favorite scam podcast. Visit Scamapalooza's website for more episodes.

    Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 40 min
    A fan favorite and the end of season 3

    A fan favorite and the end of season 3

    The holidays are upon us and with them, the end of Season 3. We'll be back in January with Season 4.

    Expect some changes for Season 4. We'll be focusing on scams run against the public. Things like the bribery of public officials, the political machine of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City and an Alabama law that allowed sheriffs to steal funds intended for feeding inmates to fund vacation homes and more. In one case, two sheriffs split the $1,000 cost for a trailer of corn dogs and fed them to prisoners twice a day.

    We're hard at work, but we hope you have a great holiday season. See you in January!
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    • 13 min
    Twins: They may look alike, but they don't work as a team

    Twins: They may look alike, but they don't work as a team

    It's a mystery writing trope: Twins commit a crime, but can't be punished because they look alike. You should expect better than that from Scams & Cons and we're here to deliver.

    In this episode, we have stories of twins who ran their own scams, usually in different areas of the country and the fact that they were a twin had nothing to do with the scams they ran. In most cases, they ended up running different scams entirely.

    Is it nature or nurture? We'll tell the stories, you figure that one out for yourself.
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    • 13 min
    Luxury scams: Luxury can't be stolen -- it's a state of mind

    Luxury scams: Luxury can't be stolen -- it's a state of mind

    What time is it? 4:23? Thanks.

    You could have gotten the answer from your phone, a sign in front of a bank or dozens of other sources. So, why spend $150,000 for a Rolex to give you the same information.

    Luxuries are perceptions and scammers use those perceptions to make you think you're getting a very good deal on something that can perform the same function for far fewer dollars. Scammers have exploited those dreams for centuries, but now marketers have refined those techniques to scam us in legal ways.

    Listen in because, as always, we'll tell you how it's done and why we fall for it.
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    • 17 min

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