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Old 06-08-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default OT: Have you ever been CONNED?

I just started watching a show called Leverage, and I was thinking about the Brother Bloom movie coming out, and I was curious how many people have ever actually been conned out of money in their life. I mean actually swindled out of something by a con artist?

I was once, for $350. I was putting together a real estate deal and I was trying to raise the money for it, advertising in Vegas and LA for some investors. Well I got a call from this guy who said he had some Chinese investors who needed to move $10 million into the US from China. He said his investor "Dr. Chang" was creating 10 different LLC's and funding each with $1M, and they were looking for properties they could place the funds.

Obviously I thought that sounded suspicious at first, but I figured what the hell, might as well see where this goes. I ended up speaking with him on and off for almost 2 weeks... he Fedexed me some forms, and finally said everything was in place and would be funded within a day or so. Then he calls right before the "funding" was supposed to go through, and said they aren't allowing the transfer because of some reason (some diplomatic thing or something) and they needed $350 in cash to get the transfer done or it was never going to work.

I didn't think that sounded right, but I figured what the hell... the most I lose is $350 if they were trying to screw me, and sure enough the minute I sent out the money I couldn't get ahold of him again. The number he called me from was a voicemail depot, and the address where all their correspondance was from was a UPS Store in LA.

I actually thought it was pretty funny. That guy put in a serious amount of work for only $350. If someone is willing to spend that kind of money and ingenuity, he could make quite a bit more money actually raising money from real investors.

Anyways... any other stories out there?
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I guess it goes without saying that anyone here who is currently married or has been married in the past has to answer in the affirmative.
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That sounds like a lot of work for $350.

Stupid Chinese guy.
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That sounds like a lot of work for $350.

Stupid Chinese guy.
Well, he could have been even more pathetic and done it farming on World of Warcraft.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:37 AM   #7
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I have been schooled a couple of times.

Living in Vegas I was trying to be a model, I forked out money for photos and other stuff, the company folded up and left town.

It wasn't much money.
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My great uncle was conned out of 30K by guy selling fake stock. Just like in the movie Boiler Room.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:39 AM   #9
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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I just started watching a show called Leverage, and I was thinking about the Brother Bloom movie coming out, and I was curious how many people have ever actually been conned out of money in their life. I mean actually swindled out of something by a con artist?

I was once, for $350. I was putting together a real estate deal and I was trying to raise the money for it, advertising in Vegas and LA for some investors. Well I got a call from this guy who said he had some Chinese investors who needed to move $10 million into the US from China. He said his investor "Dr. Chang" was creating 10 different LLC's and funding each with $1M, and they were looking for properties they could place the funds.

Obviously I thought that sounded suspicious at first, but I figured what the hell, might as well see where this goes. I ended up speaking with him on and off for almost 2 weeks... he Fedexed me some forms, and finally said everything was in place and would be funded within a day or so. Then he calls right before the "funding" was supposed to go through, and said they aren't allowing the transfer because of some reason (some diplomatic thing or something) and they needed $350 in cash to get the transfer done or it was never going to work.

I didn't think that sounded right, but I figured what the hell... the most I lose is $350 if they were trying to screw me, and sure enough the minute I sent out the money I couldn't get ahold of him again. The number he called me from was a voicemail depot, and the address where all their correspondance was from was a UPS Store in LA.

I actually thought it was pretty funny. That guy put in a serious amount of work for only $350. If someone is willing to spend that kind of money and ingenuity, he could make quite a bit more money actually raising money from real investors.

Anyways... any other stories out there?
Figure he had 10, 20, or even 50 people he was doing that too and he probably did quite well for himself.
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Of course women count...1...2...3...8...12......64...bite me...362..890

lol - hey - i've been suckered by a few...
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lol - hey - i've been suckered by a few...
But I thought guys liked being suck..oh you said suckered...oops.
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I've got a little money transfer deal going down in Nigeria right now that's taking a little longer than expected, and I'm still waiting for those gypsies to come back and repave my driveway, but I know that sometimes things take a little longer than you first suppose.
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Does it count if I knew a guy who had a major con pulled on him?

This guy was a co-worker who I would consider a buddy but not sure about calling him a friend.

Anyway he was always trying scams and would come in with some new scam, either on his wife fooling around, or messing with timecards or even scamming the broads he was fooling around with his wife.

He falls in with some guy who over a course of 2 years presents that he is a highroller and has a surefire way of making quick money.

I will call him L. L - gives the guy $5k to get in on the deal, as collateral the artist puts L's name on a car and Motorcycle. L comes in to work flashing copies of the titles around saying hey I am part owner of a Porche and Harley.

This goes on for 6 months then the Artist ups the cost to $20k and puts L's name on some property. He believes they are "Partners" in a business, but he doesn't know what it is one day it is a car exporter, the next it is flipping property (this is a good decade before the Flipping craze) then he says it is laundering money. THe last appeals to his bad boy image and he starts breaking out the white Don Johnson Miami vice pants and putting the story over on cougars - I digress.

Anyway I don't know all the details but eventually he has about $100k in this guy and no money on his investment. He starts asking and badgering this Artist.

I even met this guy, he proped me but even if I bought his story I had no money.

So after L starts badering the guy and looking for $ the artist finally sets a date to meet at his house for L's cash back, interest and his 1st payout.

L goes to the guys house to find the place empty. This guy had a wife and little kid. They are all gone, no forwarding address nothing.

After L gets drunk and beats the wife and mistresses he gets his **** together and goes to the states attorney. He visits with them a couple times until they realize that L knew the $ he was going to make was off $ laundering or some other illegal means they tell him to get lost.

He is out $100k, before the states attorney blew off L they told him they expected he had at least 10 other people in on the scam if not more.

All the documents he was shown were either stolen or faked.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:15 AM   #15
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I was conned in Vegas during spring break when I was in college.

My roommate and I were waiting to cross the street and a guy started talking to us and telling us that he had just lost a huge amount at the tables at the casino where he was staying.

He said that he was from Chicago, and hinted that he was part of a Mob family. He told us that he flys to vegas every weekend, and that he gets lots of "perks" from the casinos. He said that several different casinos give him free rooms and pay for his flights. He asked if we would buy him some coffee since he had no cash to get him through the rest of the night, until his flight the next day.

He seemed like a really nice guy. He was easy to talk to, and he talked with us for a while and drank his coffee, then he asked to use my cell phone. That is when the con really began. He pretended to call one of the hotel's and arrange for us to recieve comped passes to one of the shows (I think it was a Cirque du Soleil show). At this point we thought he was pretty cool. We bought him a pack of cigarettes and even paid for a cab to get him back to his hotel.

In all, I think he maybe got $30 out of us. Once we found out that there were no show tickets for us, we felt pissed off. It wasnt about the money, but we felt stupid that he conned us.

A couple of nights later we ran into him at like 3 a.m. while we were walking back to our hotel from a club. We confronted him about the money (which he had none), and he started yelling at us to calm down cause his Mob friends would be there any second. My roommate (who is a blackbelt) took our $30 back the hardway.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:19 AM   #17
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I was conned in Vegas during spring break when I was in college.

My roommate and I were waiting to cross the street and a guy started talking to us and telling us that he had just lost a huge amount at the tables at the casino where he was staying.

He said that he was from Chicago, and hinted that he was part of a Mob family. He told us that he flys to vegas every weekend, and that he gets lots of "perks" from the casinos. He said that several different casinos give him free rooms and pay for his flights. He asked if we would buy him some coffee since he had no cash to get him through the rest of the night, until his flight the next day.

He seemed like a really nice guy. He was easy to talk to, and he talked with us for a while and drank his coffee, then he asked to use my cell phone. That is when the con really began. He pretended to call one of the hotel's and arrange for us to recieve comped passes to one of the shows (I think it was a Cirque du Soleil show). At this point we thought he was pretty cool. We bought him a pack of cigarettes and even paid for a cab to get him back to his hotel.

In all, I think he maybe got $30 out of us. Once we found out that there were no show tickets for us, we felt pissed off. It wasnt about the money, but we felt stupid that he conned us.

A couple of nights later we ran into him at like 3 a.m. while we were walking back to our hotel from a club. We confronted him about the money (which he had none), and he started yelling at us to calm down cause his Mob friends would be there any second. My roommate (who is a blackbelt) took our $30 back the hardway.
That is the same guy who did something like to me and a friend.

Said he knew someone that could get us into the fight at MGM that weekend.

I would bet it was the same dude...
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Does it count if I knew a guy who had a major con pulled on him?

This guy was a co-worker who I would consider a buddy but not sure about calling him a friend.

Anyway he was always trying scams and would come in with some new scam, either on his wife fooling around, or messing with timecards or even scamming the broads he was fooling around with his wife.

He falls in with some guy who over a course of 2 years presents that he is a highroller and has a surefire way of making quick money.

I will call him L. L - gives the guy $5k to get in on the deal, as collateral the artist puts L's name on a car and Motorcycle. L comes in to work flashing copies of the titles around saying hey I am part owner of a Porche and Harley.

This goes on for 6 months then the Artist ups the cost to $20k and puts L's name on some property. He believes they are "Partners" in a business, but he doesn't know what it is one day it is a car exporter, the next it is flipping property (this is a good decade before the Flipping craze) then he says it is laundering money. THe last appeals to his bad boy image and he starts breaking out the white Don Johnson Miami vice pants and putting the story over on cougars - I digress.

Anyway I don't know all the details but eventually he has about $100k in this guy and no money on his investment. He starts asking and badgering this Artist.

I even met this guy, he proped me but even if I bought his story I had no money.

So after L starts badering the guy and looking for $ the artist finally sets a date to meet at his house for L's cash back, interest and his 1st payout.

L goes to the guys house to find the place empty. This guy had a wife and little kid. They are all gone, no forwarding address nothing.

After L gets drunk and beats the wife and mistresses he gets his **** together and goes to the states attorney. He visits with them a couple times until they realize that L knew the $ he was going to make was off $ laundering or some other illegal means they tell him to get lost.

He is out $100k, before the states attorney blew off L they told him they expected he had at least 10 other people in on the scam if not more.

All the documents he was shown were either stolen or faked.
ouch... 100k that's hardcore. It really was his own fault, but still...
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That is the same guy who did something like to me and a friend.

Said he knew someone that could get us into the fight at MGM that weekend.

I would bet it was the same dude...
Probably...another guy that I went to college with got conned by him as well. I wish I could remember what he said his name was.
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I know I'd like to sue some people for false ****ing advertising at the very least.
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A guy that I know (lets call him Mike S.) almost got conned out of $416,000 a few years back. He foolishly put his faith in the "con-man" and would have lost his investor's money had the con-man (lets call him Maurice C...no thats too obvious...lets call him M. Clarett) not been so stupid.

Mike completely fell for the con, but M. Clarett was unmotivated and blinded by his ego. He rejected the easy money thinking he could get more money in the end.
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I was on this website, and this guy started pushing for money. I don't even remember his name, other than that he seemed to be a CU alum who was also an ardent Lakers fan. Anyway, he was pushing for money, all the time. He said that if we would donate money to this website, we would get super-cool stuff like REP schlongs and Signature pictures. He said it wasn't even his website. He was just doing it for the guy who owned it - some Libertarian crazy named after a tasty, hard-shelled ethnic food - combined with a portable toilet. But I pretty much think the Laker fan guy was just a shill for the portable toilet guy.

So, I donated the money. And I still don't have a REP schlong, and I just have like an inch and a half of white space under my posts.

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I bought stock in a fake company a few years back called GM they just went belly up, any of you guys ever heard of them?
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does being forced to contribute to a giant Ponzi scheme count?

'cause if it does, i've been conned out of a lot of money by the Social Security Administration that i'll never see again. damned feddle gummint!
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