The broken glasses scam

The broken glasses scamThis guy was probably more successful in pulling his con-artist street scam because he’s 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, so it was more like a gentlemanly mugging.


A stranger bumps into you on the street and claims you broke something and now you must pay for it, such as a bottle of something "valuable" that is dropped.

In this case, Naim Jabbar claimed that someone "broke" his glasses and he tried to intimidate a man on a New York street into paying $100 for them.

Instead, Mr. Jabbar, with 41 previous convictions, was caught and convicted of felony robbery and fraudulent accosting and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

I wonder how many other con games rely less on deception for their success, and instead need the backing of muscle? A con game usually means the swindler gains the confidence of the victim, but in this case, it seems Mr. Jabbar was also conning other pedestrians into ignoring the interaction. He wanted passersby to think there’s a disagreement between two people, and that the other guy (the true victim) had done something wrong to Mr. Jabbar. That way his shakedown of his victim didn’t look like a shakedown.

Could it be that he was caught because his perceived threats were more convincing than his mock outrage over his fake broken glasses?

‘Broken glasses’ swindler can add another conviction to his resume after getting 7 years for ripoff, The New York Daily News>>

2 thoughts on “The broken glasses scam”

  • Bob Brown says:

    In a more benign and less intimidating form, this sounds like the kind of scam that would be used as a "meet cute" in a romantic comedy.

    Tagline: "She tried to con him… instead she won his heart…"

  • Craig Greenberg says:

    When police and the local prosecutor get frustrated with a petty criminal who is a repeat offender committing a fraud, hustle or scam that is really just a petty larceny by trick or deception and is truly only a misdemeanor they will employ their own fraud and deception. The police and the prosecutor will do this by by putting words in the victim’s mouth by suggesting he was forced to give up his money rather than scammed out of his money turning a misdemeanor petty theft by fraud into a felonious forcible theft by robbery. Now we know this is not right but we also know that just like scammers the police don’t always play fair.

    I think 6 months to a year in the city jail is enough of a punishment for this crime that takes in an average of $40 to a $100 a mark or victim. This man received 3 1/2 to 7 years in state prison for what really was a petty theft. He is taking a space in a state prison that should be filled by a real dangerous violent felon not a small time petty thief and grifter.

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