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>>

One thought 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…"

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