Mostly males. This
scam can be run by one or more suspects.
PLAYERS: Mostly white males.
CONTACT: Victim is approached and offered a bargain on a new VCR,
microwave oven, or other such merchandise. The con claims that he works for a
trucking firm or retailer. He then displays what appears to be new merchandise
packaged in its original box. All of these boxes are sealed in plastic and
contain a picture of the item said to be in the box.
STING: Once they obtain the victim's money he is given the product. When
returning home and opening the box he discovers nothing but rocks. End of scam.
NOTE: The average loss per offense is $200.00. A variation of this scam
is known as the Block Hustle. The con leads the victim to believe that
the items being sold are stolen; which is why he can sell the "hot merchandise"
at giveaway prices.
Given the popularity of this particular scam, there appears to be no shortage
of honest, law-abiding citizens willing to put their morals on hold if it
involves a Good Deal.