The Con Zone
It is a sad fact of life that there are many people in this
world who will do just about anything to part a fool and his money. Tempted by the lure of
easy cash and generally an optimistic crowd, the gambling community have been plagued by
these unscrupulous rouges for years.
Below are some of the methods I have encountered or have
been informed of by associates in my search for legitimate services. Hopefully after
reading below you will be less likely to fall for the same tricks.
1. The Multiple Horse Sting
You receive a mail shot, a telephone call or respond to an
advert announcing a upcoming "dark horse gamble". A smooth talking salesman
tells you that his insider connections have organised a big gamble running next Saturday.
This horse has been specially prepared for months he tells
you. It is a certain winner and you would be an absolute fool to miss out on this
opportunity. If you agree to bet £50 on his behalf and send him the winnings, he will let
you in on his secret information. He explains that ideally he would like to put his own
money down. The bookies however will not accept his bets because he has won so much
money off them in the past.
Remember these guys are normally very slick and could
easily sell double glazing to someone who lived in a tent. Often they pad out their
sales pitch with little pieces of fact or information such as "We take no chances and
will even carry out a blood test on the horse on the morning of the race just to make sure
everything is spot on"
Now lets assume that the con man has talked 100 people to
each bet £50 on this so called hot horse on his behalf. When the punters call on Saturday
to get the information he will have chosen a race with only a few runners or perhaps he
will have picked out the first five in the betting forecast in an eight horse race. He
will then proceed to give out different horses to the different callers! No matter which
horse wins he is guaranteed to make a lot of money.
A slight variation on this is when the so called hot
information turns out to be the evens favourite! A quick glance at any newspaper could
have told you this was the most likely winner.
Stay Well Clear!