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Description

Put a fake 'out of order' notice on a bank ATM deposit machine. Stand nearby in a guard's uniform. Offer to take people's deposits--giving them an official receipt, of course. You can also ask for other personal details, even PIN numbers.

Discussion

This may seem outrageous and that nobody would fall for such a trick--yet it has been proven in practice that people are gullible enough to hand over their cash, sometimes in the thousands.

The con works because the uniform and forms are symbols of authority, which people will obey unquestioningly.

As many other scams, this is of course illegal. Being bank-related fraud, this one is particularly hazardous and anyone caught doing this would likely be locked up for a long time!

See also

Authority principle

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