Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

If Someone Squirts On You It May Be A Scam

"THE SQUIRT: This is also known as the mustard dip, the ketchup dip or the bird poo… It's a classic scam which involves thieves getting the attention of their prey by squirting something on them. It can be a white mixture that looks like a pigeon's handiwork on someone's shoulder in the street or tomato ketchup in a cafe."
-The BBC offers a helpful list of time-tested short cons to watch out for.

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petejayhawk (#1,249)

Not nearly as helpful as John Hodgman's list of cons, but it's welcome information nonetheless.

Yeah, the short con's for chumps.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Again, straight out of a Sir Digby Chicken Caesar episode. (Thank you, Abe. I concede)

Art Yucko (#1,321)

dum-dadadumdadadum-dadadumdadaum-dadadumdadadum-dadadum dadadum dadaardrumdarumdarrrrarrardada daaaaaa!

kneetoe (#1,881)

I mostly worry about "The Stickup," whereby some punk kid pulls a gun and takes my wallet.

ProfessorBen (#1,254)

and also Knives, omg Knives, and also I'm worried about the Stickup.

Tuna Surprise (#573)

The Stickup can easily be repelled by replying, in a smug voice, "whadda gonna do, shoot me?"
Of course, it then gets transformed into a Murder, but if it's the Stickup that you fear – problem solved.

deepomega (#1,720)

The Murder is more of a long con.

You might enjoy this, Alex. Also, good carny lingo.

garge (#736)

I had a single US dollar picked from my front jeans pocket in the Zocalo station in Mexico City; I was wearing tight jeans (and just off a red eye) so it was kind of thrilling. Now, if a thief spilt something on my silk tunic, I would be pissed.

BadUncle (#153)

Just leave it at the "squirt," and not the "splooge," please. I'll comply.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

They forgot ye olde "Brick to Head" con.

Screen Name (#2,416)

Watch out for this one, it's happening all over the place:

First, somebody starts a company. Could be any kind. Could even be a company that's been around for a long time. What they do is they post ads, usually online, looking for employees. Next, after the company hires you, they take down your social security number and other personal information in exchange for promising you health insurance or other benefits. They may even offer to take part of your paycheck and invest it in something called a 401k. A few years ago, some of these companies would further sweeten the pot by promising to match your 401k contributions, but a lot of people caught on to that so these days the majority of these scam artists don't even bother. Anyway, just keep an eye out for scam companies like these promising you they will pay you to do things, like accounting, nursing, writing, sales, whatever. They are bullshit, man.

Also, this?

"On the Real Hustle a member of the team dressed up as a businessman and told passersby he'd had his briefcase stolen. He asked for a small amount of money to get a tube ticket and asked for the person's business card so he could repay them.
The scam netted more than £50 in one hour."

Is not so much a scam as it is panhandling.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes the scam part ends whenever the exchange of money is voluntary, right?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

It's a white guy in a business suit. That's not panhandling!

katiebakes (#32)

Oh my god, the comments on that page are MAKING MY DAY. This one is my favorite:

I was once pick-pocketed by some people who were pretending to be quite drunk, fun and keen to give hugs to passer-bys. Lesson learnt!
Ian Noon, London

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