A New York park.
Dannie and Ryan look like typical tourists, but with Apollo lurking nearby. What they are really doing, is looking for someone sitting alone. A woman at the nearby table gets up, leaving her friend on her own. Dannie and Ryan position themselves for this hustle's first move.
Hi! Miss! Would you get a photograph for us real quick? Ok, sure. Would you mind? First, they get the mark to turn her back on the purse. Then they gave her a camera. It's the perfect distraction. This isn't work. You're gonna do it through that. Why are we staying here? Press this button here, right? Apollo seizes the moment, and moves into position.
You'll be able to get us. If you can get Shack in there as well, that'd be great. Do you mind? Thank you! Am I like... Did you wanna move up? Yeah! Come a little closer if you want. He's only got a few seconds to stuff the bag before someone notices. But this bag is so big and barely fits in the suit case. Ya. That will be great.
Rather than disappear, Apollo quickly sits and becomes just another customer. Ma'am, now you gotta... Perfect! Thank you! We'll tell people that's the Sheen...Shack. Alright. Thank you! Hey, thank you very much! Photo session over, Ryan hurries back to the hustler's truck to get ready for a phone call. And Apollo is about to change roles from thief to Good Samaritan.
Oh, did somebody steal my bag? Somebody stole your bag? Ya, somebody just stole my bag. What did it look like? A hoe sh*t! Did you have a wallet in there? Hey, no, no, sit down! Sit down! Sit down!
This is the hardest in this game. I can see she was emotional. Her guard was down and she wasn't thinking straight. This is when anyone is the most vulnerable to a hustler.
Come here! Come here! I saw these people go out there. Do you have any credit cards in there? Yes! Apollo appears to be a sympathetic stranger, but he actually wants to get her to reveal the name of her bank. Just call and keep them cancelled right now. Have a seat. Who do you bank with? Um, Chase. She is giving it away! Cha... Ok, good, good. I've been with Chase too. I had the Seventieth meets Broadway before.
I just saw some people take off with a brown bag down there. Hold on just a second. He now has the name of her bank and starts to dial a number. This happened to me about five years ago. I got jacked. They took everything, and they took everything again.
But look closely, it's not the victim making the call, but Apollo. And of course, he is not calling the bank, but Ryan, sitting in the truck, just around the corner. Now all Apollo has to do, is let Ryan know the name of the woman's bank.
This is customer service. How may I help you? Hi, this is Chase... Chase? Yes! Now she thinks she will be talking to her bank. The con is on. As an added convincer, Ryan has recording of office background chatter, added to the deception.
Hi, I just have a lady. She just had her purse stolen, and she has some credit cards in there. She needs to cancel her card. Yup, just put her on. Okay, there you go. Thank you so much.
Hello? Yes, hello! This is Chase Fraud Department. My name is Ryan. How may I help you this afternoon? Yeah, someone just stole my bag. Um, I'm sorry to hear that. I can certainly help you cancel that. Right here she thought she was talking to the bank. And just by seeming sympathetic and helpful, she didn't think twice while giving me all her personal information.
Do you happen to know your account number with us? He leads the mark through banking protocol with one goal in mind: to get her pin and strip her of her life's savings.
Ok, I have your account information up now. It looks like your card has not been used in the last hour, which means you've called just in time. Now, in order to cancel your existing card and issue a new one, I'll just need to get your pin number as verification.
The moment of truth: without the pin number, they don't have anything. But Ryan's got one last trick up his sleeve. Alright, of course I can't get that information over the phone, so what I'm gonna do now is transfer you over to our automated service. Ok? All right. Hold no one second. Thank you for banking with Chase.
Another expertly fake recording. You've reached the automated service center. After the tone, please enter your pin followed by the pound sign. The small silver numbers. Ok. Are you pushing something?
Success! She's just given them her all-important pin number. Your pin number has been accepted, and your card has now been cancelled. Got it! Alright! The mark's been conned into thinking her account has been shut down. Did you get everything? Um, yeah... They said it's cancelled.
With her bank card and pin number, the hustlers could have emptied this woman's bank account. But luckily for her, they didn't. Now, it's time to reveal the con.
What does your bag look like? It was brown? Yeah, brown with dolls and stuff on it. I'm gonna show you something. That looks a lot like your bag. Why you do that for? Why you do that? Hahaha... If look at that black crate over there, see right there passers guys? There's a little camera in there. Shut up! What the f*ck is this? No fucking way! See that guy with a can of beer over there? There is a little camera over there. What the... I don't know what the f*ck is going on. Back over there the guy's smiling at you? No, what is going on?
What a way they did it, very professional, very quiet and very quick, like that! Now, as you didn't recognize my voice, I was also the Chase customer service representative. Shut up! I was the automated service. Shut up! Hehehe... Shut up! But why you try to pick me as the target? Because you turn your back on your bag. And I'll never do that!
I was like bugging out. Like, how could you just cast something over me like that, that quick? I really wanna punch him in his face. But you know, it was a great experience. You all need to know this is New York.
A stolen bank card and pin is worth over ten thousand dollars on the black market. Not bad for a morning's work.
- 「把握時機」- Seize The Moment
Apollo seizes the moment, and moves into position.
- 「善良厚道的人」- Good Samaritan
And Apollo is about to change roles from thief to Good Samaritan.
- 「關鍵時刻、緊要關頭」- The Moment Of Truth
The moment of truth: without the pin number, they don't have anything.
- 「還有壓箱寶、錦囊妙計」- Have/Get (Trick) Up One's Sleeve
But Ryan's got one last trick up his sleeve.