Dumb Criminals

Door-to-Door Scamsman

Saturday, April 15th, 2006 • Filed under Scams

Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” Sometimes, the one who’s being fooled is the one who thinks he’s doing the fooling but is actually being fooled himself. Ow, my head…

TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese swindler truly picked the wrong building to target when a stranger he tried to scam turned out to be a senior police officer.

Masakazu Kamitanida, 52, went to the top floor of a three-story apartment after midnight Sunday and tried to pass himself off as fellow resident who needed to borrow cash because of a death in the family.

What Kamitanida did not know was the building was an official residence for executives of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police — and he was trying to fool the chief of Joto precinct.

That’s some crack police force. They’re so good that they don’t have to go out searching for crimes. The crime comes right to their door.

The scammer asked the cop for 15,000 yen (around $125 bucks, -$57 in Mexican pesos) and the cop actually gave him 20,000 for his sob story when his cop intuition told him that something wasn’t right. Maybe it’s because when a relative passes away, they aren’t alive to ask YOU for money.

So after he gave him the money, he watched him walk away to another door where he gave someone else the same sad story. Now that he’s arrested, Kamitanida said he plans to go cell to cell and ask for money to go to his relative’s funeral.

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