|Please donate to the missing children, you chump.|
I want to make some money.
And I don’t have a lot of morals.
Here’s how I’m going to do it.
People are desperate for jobs. And many people want to work at home.
How can I exploit that?
I’ll put out an ad that tells people how they can make money at home.
I’ll promise them they can make $3,000 a week.
When they send me money, I’ll tell them what they need to do.
And I’ll sell them the supplies so they can do it in their community.
What you do is buy these stickers and canisters from me.
The canisters hold both money and a little bit of candy.
Then you decorate the canisters. When you do, they’ll look like they’re from a legitimate charity.
(I always pick missing children – that seems to be the most profitable.)
Go around to all the businesses in your community and plead that each business put one (or more) of these canisters on their counters.
They’ll want to help find the missing children.
People going into the business will feel sorry for the missing children and buy a cheap piece of candy with a donation.
Wait for the canisters to get full.
Go around and collect the money from each canister.
Spend it on yourself.
And pay me if you need more supplies.
Two men, Michael Messmer of Wisconsin and Joseph Carr of Michigan, are in a bit of legal trouble for actually running this candy scam.
Mr. Carr said he made between $1,500 and $2,000 each month in fake donations.
They got the idea from Marilyn Broerman, who ran two businesses.
Her business Creative Marketing Solutions sold them the canisters.
And her business The Beacon Project provided stickers, which resembled missing children posters.
She ran ads in local papers promising you could make $3,000 a week.
She is also in a bit of legal trouble.
But what’s the most audacious part of the story?
If you called the number listed on one of the missing kid candy canisters, 377-365-KIDS, you got a recorded message.
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State: Missing child charity was a scam, Wisconsin State Journal>>
Apparent scam uncovered, The Journal Times>>
Cox Busts Beacon Project "Missing Kids" Charity Scam, Office of the Michigan Attorney General>>