Now for last week’s Mystery Question and the answer: One of the following is false.
- A woman was looking for a drug dealer so she posted an ad on Craig’s List saying she wanted to purchase some marijuana. The police read her ad and set up a meeting with an undercover cop. She showed up and was immediately arrested.
- A man thought a Shop With A Cop charity event would be the perfect time to steal items from Walmart. He didn’t figure on the cops monitoring the surveillance cameras and was caught on the spot.
- A man decided to steal a flat bottom fishing boat stored in a boat house by lowering it and rowing it to a waiting truck and trailer half a mile away. His trouble started when water started filling the boat because the owner had removed the drain plug. It ended when the police responded to a security alarm that went off when he lowered the boat.
- A man ordered marijuana from a dealer for $10. When the dealer didn’t return, the man…are you ready for this? He called 911 for help. The rest is self-explanatory.
And the answer is…#3! Congrats Lisa, Caryl, and Jerusha for getting the correct wrong answer. 🙂
And now onto this week’s Mystery Question! in honor of Mrs. Ferguson, I thought I’d report some of the scams going around the Internet. Three are true, one is false. Your job, should you take it, is to guess the false one.
- Get out of jail — but not for free. A con man convinced officials at a Mississippi jail that he was an agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. They let him speak with prisoners, and he told the crooks he could help get them released — for a hefty fee. The inmates were smarter than the officials and reported him.
- After her husband’s memorial service, a widow received a visit from a woman who claimed to be the long-lost daughter of the widow’s husband. While she bore little resemblance to the deceased man, she knew details of his life she claimed she learned from her mother. Since the husband had been cremated, checking DNA was out of the question…except the couple had tried in-vitro fertilization…turns out the woman had successfully scammed several other widows with the same scheme.
- In 2010, a truck driver claimed to be a go-between in the supposed $400m sale of London’s famous Ritz Hotel by its secretive owners. He found no shortage of potential buyers, including someone who put up $1.5m as a deposit.
- A security company reports an interesting twist on the Nigerian “you’ve got money” scam. Victims receive an email message that begins, “We are writing to know if it’s true that you are dead.”The scammer claims someone else has been trying to collect a huge amount of money the recipient is really entitled to by claiming that they’re dead. If the person can prove they’re actually still alive, they can collect. Of course, we know what happens next.
Okay Super Sleuths, what’s the scam I made up? Leave your answer in the comments section and when I return from Hawaii… 🙂