Funny way to make $10 in 30 seconds: lessons from a con artist

By Will Chen on 28 December 2006 (Updated 20 June 2007) 30 comments

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Ryan shares a great trick on how to make $10 in less than 30 seconds. Amazingly, according to Ryan this works on one out of four people!

This video illustrates how easily people let greed override their better judgment.

The beauty of this scam is in its simplicity: Anyone who can do simple math should, theoretically, see right through the scam. However, many people fall for it because they are focused on getting something for nothing.

So the next time you see a deal too good to be true, think about Ryan and his incredible $40 offer.

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Flimsy Sanity

That is hilarious.

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Guest

If by hilarious you mean retarded then yes..
I don't know a single person who's pasted basic math that would fall for this. ...

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Guest

Wow, what an intelligent remark. Have you even "PAST" basic English yet?

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Guest

HAHA i think both of you mean PASSED. xD

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Guest

Why do you think he put Quotations around the word 'Past'?
He was making his point that the other guy said it wrong...

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Greg Go

1 out of 4 people fall for this? No way.

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he hangs out with a lot of "special" people.

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Guest

What a dumbass. You still owe $20 so you're $10 down!

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Guest

Forget the 40 in the box. Basically he just sold a 20 dollar bill for 30 dollars. So he's up 10...

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Guest

IT WORKS ACTUALLY, i made 250 backs in a day

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Dr. Evil

I made one MILLION dollars doing this!

 

 

 

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You still owe the guy his money back...

you still have to pay the guy his money back so you just lost 10 bucks

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Will Chen

"you still have to pay the guy his money back so you just lost 10 bucks"

Why? He DID get his money back.

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Guest

... You still have to pay that person 20$ .... its not like you are paying him back 20 ... you sell him 40$of your own cash, for 30$...

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Guest

thats the trick you retard.

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Will Chen

of a classic "Married with Children" episode.

Marcy was next in line at a supermarket checkout line.

Al distracts her and cuts in front of her.

Marcy: (Complaining) I was the next one in line!

Al: What are you complaining about, you still are!

That's what I'll say at the end of this scam: What are you talking about?  You're holding your $20 right there!

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Guest

simple math might be hard get a grown up if your brain starts to hurt

victim gives you 20 to put into box

you put your 20 into box

that comes to 40

your 20 and victims 20

(are you still with me?)

victim buys the box for 30

that means you just swaped 20 for 30

it means u gave back his 20 u also gave him another 20

YOU JUST MADE 10

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Riley

I think Ryan will have a $10 hole in his ass if he thinks he can get away with this.

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Sknight

its easy the sounds like it might work because the idea is to confuse them like most of you seem to have gotten. So if you say it like he does borrow 20 and put your own 20 in the box theres the 40.     20 yours and 20 theirs, and then you flip it open and and they try to catch wise that its a trick so you it wouldn't matter if you had the box opened or close, in fact i bet it would work on better odds if you didn't have the box closed because people are more visual and think they are getting 40 dollars for 30

 

when they are buying their 20 back and your 20 for THEIR 20 PLUS 10 

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Will Chen

to give them back the $20 and see if they will buy some of this .

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Connor

This is so lame.

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Leigh Ann

That would be a cool trick to play on friends. Not so much strangers, if you value your teeth!

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webmaster

But check out Asimov's story about intelligence.

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Guest

Well, nice one, if you are a criminal.

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Guest

HAHAHA that is the funiest thing i have ever seen HAHAAH il be damned if i dont try it :-D

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Raj

Haha! Even some people who have commented on this Post have fallen for the trick. Look at Comment 4,6,7,8. Learn some math Peoplez...ROFL

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Jay

You still owe the person the $20 you borrowed 2 minutes previously. Anyone can borrow money and say they've made some money. Also you're forgetting one thing; you've lost a DVD case too.

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Guest

well done this might actually work

I MIGHT USE THIS ON MY DAD

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Guest

It works.

and i got a black eye with it.

tnx alot

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Jiampong

A lot of my american friends fell for it than asian. Which means americans are "too rich" to care (or dumb). Hahaha...