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31st Oct '15 11:27:48 PM nombretomado
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* In Season 3 of ''TheWire'', a state senator solicits money from a drug dealer to be used to "grease the wheels" for getting a federal grant. The state senator just plain keeps the money, and the grant goes to whoever it would have gone to anyway.
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* In Season 3 of ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', a state senator solicits money from a drug dealer to be used to "grease the wheels" for getting a federal grant. The state senator just plain keeps the money, and the grant goes to whoever it would have gone to anyway.

* In the episode "A Single Drop of Rain" of ''QuantumLeap'', Sam leaps into the life of a travelling "rain maker" (who is, in fact, a con man) visiting a drought-stricken farming community. Sam decides to combine his knowledge of future cloudseeding techniques with [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter an afternoon of yelling]] at {{God}} that He owes Sam big time, resulting in a beneficial downpour.
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* In the episode "A Single Drop of Rain" of ''QuantumLeap'', ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam leaps into the life of a travelling "rain maker" (who is, in fact, a con man) visiting a drought-stricken farming community. Sam decides to combine his knowledge of future cloudseeding techniques with [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter an afternoon of yelling]] at {{God}} that He owes Sam big time, resulting in a beneficial downpour.
5th Sep '15 4:31:57 PM nombretomado
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* A popular joke among {{NASCAR}} fans and broadcasters goes: "If your area is experiencing an extended drought, just build a racetrack and invite the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to town." This is due to the unusually high number of rainouts NASCAR has had in recent years.
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* A popular joke among {{NASCAR}} UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} fans and broadcasters goes: "If your area is experiencing an extended drought, just build a racetrack and invite the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to town." This is due to the unusually high number of rainouts NASCAR has had in recent years.
1st Aug '15 8:31:26 PM karstovich2
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A variation, crossed with the DelayedWire, is for the conman to pretend to have knowledge of some future event when he's really just guessing. The common form of this one is for the conman to contact a large number of people simultaneously, [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose offering half one prediction and the rest the opposite]]. Everyone who got the wrong prediction never hears from him again, everyone else gets more predictions. After, say, 5 events, 1/32nd of the original population has received 5 "miraculous" correct predictions in a row and is asked to fork over money for more.
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A variation, crossed with the DelayedWire, is for the Reverse Pyramid Scheme: the conman to pretend pretends to have knowledge of some future event when he's really just guessing. The common form of this one is for the conman to contact a large number of people simultaneously, [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose offering half one prediction and the rest the opposite]]. Everyone who got the wrong prediction never hears from him again, everyone else gets more predictions. After, say, 5 events, 1/32nd of the original population has received 5 "miraculous" correct predictions in a row and is asked to fork over money for more.
1st Aug '15 8:01:25 PM karstovich2
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* The "predictions" variant detailed above is a common scam with sports betting, especially the NFL. First, a scam artist acquires a few hundred thousand potential pigeons. He then sends predictions to them and keeps sending predictions only to those who have received a lucky streak of predictions. So why use the NFL? Well, first, the season is extremely short: 16 games over just over four months, plus a three- or four-game postseason over one month.[[note]]Compare this to the NHL, which plays 82 regular-season games over a little over six months and then four best-of-seven series that can take up to about two more months; the NBA, which plays a virtually identical schedule to the NHL, except shifted by about three weeks; and MLB, which plays 162 regular-season games over six and a half months and then has playoffs that (discounting the one-game Wild Card "playoff") consist of one best-of-five round and two best-of-seven ones, which last another six weeks or so.[[/note]] Starting at mid-to-late season, a scammer might only have to make seven straight predictions before he's "gotten them all right," and is offering his pigeons Super Bowl picks. This leaves more potential marks in the pot. Second, betting on football in the United States is far more common and culturally accepted. Even when illegal, it's treated more like "boys will be boys" than as a crime.
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* The "predictions" variant detailed above is a common scam with sports betting, especially the NFL. First, a scam artist acquires a few hundred thousand potential pigeons. He then sends predictions to them and keeps sending predictions only to those who have received a lucky streak of predictions. So why use the NFL? Well, first, the season is extremely short: 16 games over just over four months, plus a three- or four-game postseason over one month.[[note]]Compare this to the NHL, which plays 82 regular-season games over a little over six months and then four best-of-seven series that can take up to about two more months; the NBA, which plays a virtually identical schedule to the NHL, except shifted by about three weeks; and MLB, which plays 162 regular-season games over games--literally an order of magnitude greater than the NFL--over six and a half months and then has playoffs that (discounting the one-game Wild Card "playoff") consist of one best-of-five round and two best-of-seven ones, which last another six weeks or so.[[/note]] Starting at mid-to-late season, a scammer might only have to make seven straight predictions before he's "gotten them all right," and is offering his pigeons Super Bowl picks. This leaves more potential marks in the pot. Second, betting on football in the United States is far more common and culturally accepted. Even when illegal, it's treated more like "boys will be boys" than as a crime.
1st Aug '15 8:00:51 PM karstovich2
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* The "predictions" variant detailed above is a common scam with sports betting, especially the NFL. First, a scam artist acquires a few hundred thousand potential pigeons. He then sends predictions to them and keeps sending predictions only to those who have received a lucky streak of predictions. So why use the NFL? Well, first, the season is relatively short. Starting at mid-to-late season, a scammer might only have to make seven straight predictions before he's "gotten them all right," and is offering his pigeons Super Bowl picks. This leaves more potential marks in the pot. Second, betting on football in the United States is far more common and culturally accepted. Even when illegal, it's treated more like "boys will be boys," than as a crime.
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* The "predictions" variant detailed above is a common scam with sports betting, especially the NFL. First, a scam artist acquires a few hundred thousand potential pigeons. He then sends predictions to them and keeps sending predictions only to those who have received a lucky streak of predictions. So why use the NFL? Well, first, the season is relatively short. extremely short: 16 games over just over four months, plus a three- or four-game postseason over one month.[[note]]Compare this to the NHL, which plays 82 regular-season games over a little over six months and then four best-of-seven series that can take up to about two more months; the NBA, which plays a virtually identical schedule to the NHL, except shifted by about three weeks; and MLB, which plays 162 regular-season games over six and a half months and then has playoffs that (discounting the one-game Wild Card "playoff") consist of one best-of-five round and two best-of-seven ones, which last another six weeks or so.[[/note]] Starting at mid-to-late season, a scammer might only have to make seven straight predictions before he's "gotten them all right," and is offering his pigeons Super Bowl picks. This leaves more potential marks in the pot. Second, betting on football in the United States is far more common and culturally accepted. Even when illegal, it's treated more like "boys will be boys," boys" than as a crime.
3rd Mar '15 12:13:16 PM TheUnsquished
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* In an amusing reversal, The Rainmaker of ''PS238'' is an actual mutant with the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway fairly lame power]] of making it raining or stop raining. He tries to make a living as a, well, rainmaker, but because of the countless frauds who have gone before him, nobody will pay him up front, and most of the time they turn out to be unwilling or unable to pay him afterwards - and as he puts it, he can't hardly pull the rain back outta the ground.
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* In an amusing reversal, The Rainmaker of ''PS238'' ''ComicBook/PS238'' is an actual mutant with the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway fairly lame power]] of making it raining or stop raining. He tries to make a living as a, well, rainmaker, but because of the countless frauds who have gone before him, nobody will pay him up front, and most of the time they turn out to be unwilling or unable to pay him afterwards - and as he puts it, he can't hardly pull the rain back outta the ground.
8th Feb '15 7:49:54 PM dmcreif
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* RealLife example: CorruptChurch leaders, particularly televangelists, will often promise to cause miracles for or bring good fortune, wealth, and/or happiness to anybody who donates money to their church which, of course, they keep to spend on things like a $23,000 toilet. This is frequently done with TheShill acting as a benefactor of a supposed miracle, such as sitting in a wheelchair then suddenly standing up and walking, when they never needed the wheelchair in the first place.
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* RealLife example: CorruptChurch leaders, particularly televangelists, will often promise to cause miracles for or bring good fortune, wealth, and/or happiness to anybody who donates money to their church which, of course, they keep to spend on things like a $23,000 toilet.toilet (look for an example in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians: The Lightning Thief''). This is frequently done with TheShill acting as a benefactor of a supposed miracle, such as sitting in a wheelchair then suddenly standing up and walking, when they never needed the wheelchair in the first place.
20th Sep '14 10:46:00 AM zedadex
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* In ''Series/Leverage'', the delayed version (called the "Inverted Pyramid") is the scheme of a season 4 [[TheMark Mark]]. He brings a sense of scale to the whole thing: instead of a two-man operation selling stock predictions to, say, 10 or so marks, he runs a "boiler room" of grifters selling stock predictions to thousands of marks.
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* In ''Series/Leverage'', ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', the delayed version (called the "Inverted Pyramid") is the scheme of a season 4 [[TheMark Mark]]. He brings a sense of scale to the whole thing: instead of a two-man operation selling stock predictions to, say, 10 or so marks, he runs a "boiler room" of grifters selling stock predictions to thousands of marks.
18th Sep '14 8:39:06 AM Landis
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* In ''Series/Leverage'', the delayed version (called the "Inverted Pyramid") is the scheme of a season 4 [[TheMark Mark]]. He brings a sense of scale to the whole thing: instead of a two-man operation selling stock predictions to, say, 10 or so marks, he runs a "boiler room" of grifters selling stock predictions to thousands of marks.
8th May '14 12:36:35 PM LongLiveHumour
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* The ''TwilightZone'' episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" featured a con artist who claimed he could raise the dead. After "showing off" his work (with an assistant), he then offered to "reverse" it if the townsfolk paid him more. They did so, since everyone in the town's cemetery but one had died violently. In a KarmicTwistEnding, at the end, the con artist left... without realizing that he really ''had'' raised the dead, now en route to town.
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* The ''TwilightZone'' ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" featured a con artist who claimed he could raise the dead. After "showing off" his work (with an assistant), he then offered to "reverse" it if the townsfolk paid him more. They did so, since everyone in the town's cemetery but one had died violently. In a KarmicTwistEnding, at the end, the con artist left... without realizing that he really ''had'' raised the dead, now en route to town.
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