It takes a real pair of stones to try to pull off these scams.
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You may have heard about the hilarious sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Apparently, he was just making shit up! And it’s the second time he’s done it at a huge national event. Sign language experts say he wasn’t even close - he was just randomly flinging his hands around. This dude was literally performing an SNL sketch solely in his brain on the biggest national stage of the year - how did he think he wouldn’t be caught? It’s kind of amazing; you need to have testicles of tungsten to pull off performance art this spectacular. Of course, maybe the funeral of one of the most beloved figures in human history is not the best place to try out your routine, but you’ve got to give the guy credit, he’s got cajones to spare…much like some of these other similar scam artists.
The Lotto Thief
An entrepreneurial deli owner decided to buy a winning lottery ticket from one of his non-English speaking patrons. Nothing wrong with that. Except, of course, the fact that the ticket was worth $1,000,000 and he bought it for $1,000. When the winner grew suspicious and returned to the deli, the thief offered $10,000 for the real owner of the ticket to be quiet. What could he possibly think other than that he won more than $10,000 if he said that? Did he practice this clever maneuver by purchasing $20 bills for $10?
The Xbox Scammer
Someone sold a 19-year-old Brit father of a four-year-old (yep, you stay classy, England!) a photo of an Xbox One for $750 on Ebay. Luckily, through an aggressive media blitz, the dad was given a gratis One from a local retailer. And, because this isn’t eBay from like 1999, the guy got a refund on his original purchase as well. Please, please use that money to buy some condoms, dude.
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