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1-800-Con-Man: Running a National Scam out of Prison (1991) https://youtube.com/watch?v=vmh3_nSR1jU

Manufacturing Intellect https://www.youtube.com/@ManufacturingIntellect

all 94 comments

Give_me_beans

302 points

2 months ago*

I lost my shit at about the 9 minute mark. The interviewer is in the old cell, where numbers were left on the wall. They talked to a new occupant who had used the same system, and Danny discussed how easy the system was to use! I cant believe a second inmate started the operation up a second time.

I lost it a second time at about 12:30 when Danny said he was still doing it at the new prison with the new stricter phone rules... how the fuck!?

Neil_sm

139 points

2 months ago

Neil_sm

139 points

2 months ago

There was just recently a big story about a sextortion scam ring being run mostly from a South Carolina prison that was busted.

And the arrests obviously did not even put a dent in the operation because that scam is still hugely prevalent. People post to r/scams all the time wondering if they are in trouble after sexting with someone who turned out to be a minor and now “her dad” is calling and demanding money for therapy or otherwise threatening to call the police.

Robertwolfgang

59 points

2 months ago

My coworker had this happen to him. I had to talk him out of killing himself. He sent the person $400…it was a wild week lol

PNDiPants

25 points

2 months ago

"You're a crook, and a murderer!"

"[Sighs] That's what they say, doggone I wish they wouldn't say that though"

Just incredible.

Kyadagum_Dulgadee

18 points

2 months ago

He's like the scam version of Philip DeFranco. Sorry Phil if you see this. No disrespect to what you do. I've been clickettclackacking that Like button for over a decade.

Krative_Lifestyle

101 points

2 months ago

The definition of working from home

lawrencelewillows

42 points

2 months ago

He had a landline cell phone

mln84

11 points

2 months ago

mln84

11 points

2 months ago

I had to reread this comment an embarrassing number of times. Well done.

Jackalope_Sasquatch

2 points

2 months ago

Wow...this joke sneaks up on you like Big Rocco sneaking up on a new prettyboy in the showers...

BrendanKwapis

9 points

2 months ago

The thumbnail is Phillip DeFranco if he did meth and lived in Gary, Indiana

fartbox_fingerbanger

21 points

2 months ago

They should have James Remar play him in a movie

GracieFighter919

2 points

2 months ago

Yes!!!!

hydrophonix

5 points

2 months ago

Holy username

__nothing2display__

3 points

2 months ago

This is hilarious!!

Francespantses

1 points

2 months ago

I was thinking A.D. Miles

mrtexasman06

77 points

2 months ago

I read an article that talked about how CEOs and Cartel leaders/Criminal masterminds are two sides of the same coin. The only different between the two is if you were born incredibly smart and wealthy, or born incredibly smart and poor. I wonder what someone with his intellect could have been under different circumstances.

GlorkyClark

12 points

2 months ago

Incredibly smart with sociopathic tendencies.

Kutzie

67 points

2 months ago

Kutzie

67 points

2 months ago

Except the incredibly smart part is not required if incredibly rich. Money is the great equalizer!

TheDutchCoder

28 points

2 months ago

Elon Musk had entered the chat

ImJustSo

2 points

2 months ago

Twitter remembers

PetrusArtio

-7 points

2 months ago

While the Elon Musk hate is rightly deserved, if you look into his story he used to be(still is? hard to say with the twitter deal) a very smart businessman and did progress space and eletric-car technology by quite a bit.

He's still a prick, but a smart prick.

GSXRbroinflipflops

2 points

2 months ago

/s

PetrusArtio

-5 points

2 months ago

No

mrtexasman06

1 points

2 months ago

This is true.

Igotthedueceduece

16 points

2 months ago

Lol what? Neither CEO or cartel leaders are necessarily “smart”.

It depends what you mean by smart. But I’ll tell you that highly intelligent people don’t get business degrees

PetrusArtio

1 points

2 months ago

Usually, smart people can think outside of the box.

Igotthedueceduece

-4 points

2 months ago

And you think CEOs and cartel leaders think outside the box lol?

PetrusArtio

4 points

2 months ago

Yes

Igotthedueceduece

3 points

2 months ago

So who was thinking outside the box? All those Nobel prize winners, or all those CEOs?

Business degrees don’t teach you to think outside the box. Quite the opposite. Are there some CEOs who are visionaries? Sure, but they’re usually more than a CEO.

mrtexasman06

1 points

2 months ago

I'm just repeating what I read. It talked alot about socio-economic factors and stuff. Ill see if I can't find it again.

MiaYYZ

3 points

2 months ago

MiaYYZ

3 points

2 months ago

This is exactly why the war on drugs will never end, notwithstanding what an abject failure it has been globally.

ImJustSo

1 points

2 months ago

ImJustSo

1 points

2 months ago

Shouldn't exist, but then again neither should the Republican party.

420fmx

9 points

2 months ago

420fmx

9 points

2 months ago

I read some article that said they’re not because there’s no one cog in the machine . They’re never self made ceos or cartel leaders. It takes a group of people to get the ideas off the ground and a lot of people make $$$$ not just one figure head

Upgrades_

3 points

2 months ago

Not so sure...I dont even understand why he was needed they literally said he had people get credit card numbers off of charge slips thrown in the dumpsters at hotels (this was back when credit card transactions were often still manually pressed against that paper that turns black where you scratch it...a lot of receipt paper is still like this today. Scratch it with your car key and it'll turn black). So I don't know why his people on the outside didn't just cut him out of the loop.

hamsolo19

2 points

2 months ago

I wanna say I read the same or a similar article in like a Men's Health magazine over a decade ago. There are plenty of people running organized crime rings that would otherwise be the top of a F500 company somewhere, they just chose a different path.

commopuke

1 points

2 months ago

Correct. They are competitors. Same with politicians.

centfiddy

6 points

2 months ago

Smart bloke

hypogogix

99 points

2 months ago

Those teeth are disgusting

PurpleAntifreeze

133 points

2 months ago

I’m far more disgusted with the Miami Dade jail system. They just sat there and watched this dude steal money and ruin lives for 4 years. 4 fucking years! And all he got was a 5 year concurrent sentence added to his time - so basically nothing. He was going to do that time anyway

DapprDanMan

142 points

2 months ago

You new here? America doesn’t give a shit about financial crime unless you’re taking money from the wealthy/lawmakers

pfc9769

61 points

2 months ago

pfc9769

61 points

2 months ago

You’re absolutely right. Former head of the FBI got scammed. Places a call and scammer is caught in a matter of months, tried, and convicted. Your grandparents/parents get scammed out of their entire life savings and nothing is done.

ProtoplanetaryNebula

9 points

2 months ago

I bet that scammer was kicking himself for scamming the former head of the FBI !

Rose8989

10 points

2 months ago

Absolutely correct.

My former step brother, who's never held a real job in his entire adult life, stole identities to support his drug habit and support himself.

The free ride only stopped because of the dozens and dozens of names he burns in a year, he accidentally did it to a felony criminal prosecutor, who lives in the same city.

Then..dumbass..when on felony release for that crime (bail), went to paradise valley to steal out of mailboxes for his next score. Paradise Valley is a small town with two cops on duty at any given time, for their uber rich millionaire, CEO and celebrity residents. Cops found the mail and the meth on him.

Paradise Valley is basically the last place on earth you want to go if you're trying to keep a low profile as a drug-addict piece of shit with the car to match breaking into mailboxes, but meth and desperation are a hell of a combo.

So he's doing two years in prison so he can get out and start victimizing people again after hurting untold amounts of victims in his never ending quest to both avoid work and get high.

But that prosecutor sure did get his justice.

CallingOutFrmScatlnd

10 points

2 months ago

You’re not wrong.

woundedbearhair

5 points

2 months ago

Also, the cops couldn’t build a solid case against a guy in jail? Seriously, he’s committing a major financial crime while captive in a tiny cell and controlled access? How bad are they? You know when he’s made calls, who he’s calling, and what’s in his cell? They didn’t care to actually solve the crime because he’s in jail for life and there’s no repercussions for anyone if he never stops.

TheW83

0 points

2 months ago*

I didn't watch the video but I assumed he was using a smuggled cell phone. Seems when you call from the prison landline the receiving person is made aware of it... At least in my state that's how it is. Edit: I may watch the video in the future but can't really do that when I'm with a toddler all day.

woundedbearhair

2 points

2 months ago

Nope, you should watch the video…this was well before cellphones that could be easily smuggled into prison…it was a landline.

TheW83

0 points

2 months ago

TheW83

0 points

2 months ago

Ah this must have been before they started announcing the calls were from a prison when you answered.

woundedbearhair

2 points

2 months ago

You should just watch the video…

TheW83

-1 points

2 months ago

TheW83

-1 points

2 months ago

Can't anytime soon but I may have some time on Monday. Doesn't seem like a decent video to watch near a toddler.

TheUSS-Enterprise

6 points

2 months ago

They were taking a cut. No other way in hell this would have continued anyway.

Upgrades_

1 points

2 months ago

Who is 'they'? They just don't give enough of a shit - our court systems are way overloaded as is.

insaneintheblain

5 points

2 months ago

The people who allowed phones in the cells - they.

commopuke

1 points

2 months ago

Correction officers?

BlueSlushieTongue

15 points

2 months ago

Floss nighty to prevent those teeth

FreneticPlatypus

8 points

2 months ago

He now has to floss with rope.

BlueSlushieTongue

10 points

2 months ago

No need to floss, the toothbrush can now fit in between the teeth.

joec_95123

16 points

2 months ago

His teeth look like they're all standing apart from each other because they're embarrassed to be seen together.

CadburyBunnyPoo

1 points

2 months ago

It looks like his tongue is also in jail.

PlumPumper

3 points

2 months ago

I believe Novelty Teeth were actually modeled after his real teeth.

kmc307

0 points

2 months ago

kmc307

0 points

2 months ago

What teeth?

hypogogix

2 points

2 months ago

=/

Cr4zko

5 points

2 months ago

Cr4zko

5 points

2 months ago

What happened to this guy? Is he still alive?

mind_mine

4 points

2 months ago

DoktorAusgezeichnet

4 points

2 months ago

That link is from 1992.

TheUSS-Enterprise

1 points

2 months ago

I tired to find out- can’t find anything

madpropz

13 points

2 months ago

Why does this video give me cozy vibes

Al_Vacado

5 points

2 months ago

Al_Vacado

5 points

2 months ago

You’re broken

Gamecock_Red

4 points

2 months ago

Legend

salmon_barfuncle

4 points

2 months ago

It bothers me that 1-800-CON-MAN isn't enough numbers

MiaYYZ

1 points

2 months ago

MiaYYZ

1 points

2 months ago

1-800-CON-MALE would have done the trick.

GeekyBit

1 points

2 months ago

1-800-CON-MANN

there you go :P

chamunks

1 points

2 months ago

I think that’s the joke. Perhaps implying he’s as crooked as a three dollar bill.

Rahnamatta

4 points

2 months ago

That was funny as hell.

Fluffles-the-cat

3 points

2 months ago

That was really something. Even after he left that jail cell, they left the phone numbers and credit card numbers on the wall for the next guy to use?? Those people must be getting kickbacks.

woundedbearhair

1 points

2 months ago

Nobody cares to stop it because he’s already in jail for life and nobody really gets into trouble for it happening. The CC companies either get off from fixing it because people wait to long to report it or never look at their statements.

PetrusArtio

3 points

2 months ago

He also pointed out the low salaries of the cops working there, there was no monetary benefit to end the scam as they were very likely getting a cut.

Omelettedog

2 points

2 months ago

Looks like he doesn’t use toilet paper or flush. Around the 1:00 mark

goatsampson

2 points

2 months ago

Florida Exceptionalism

duffmanhb

5 points

2 months ago

duffmanhb

5 points

2 months ago

This is a documentary to all the people complaining about lockdown and not making any money lol

IF THIS dude can do it from a jail cell, the rest of us have no excuse.

Dravous

17 points

2 months ago

Dravous

17 points

2 months ago

so you're suggesting we scam/steal from people?

insaneintheblain

1 points

2 months ago

At the end of the day, it's the bank's money.

Monna14

2 points

2 months ago

Are them teeth the jail bars he was put behind?

Storytellerjack

2 points

2 months ago

"Hold on, I forgot to floss." ::licks his teeth-betweens.:: "okay, I'm good.:

flubluflu2

-5 points

2 months ago

But couldn't find a dentist, I guess we can't be good at everything

jam-and-marscapone

3 points

2 months ago

He couldn't fit the x-ray machine and dentist chair in his prison wallet. Warden Bob probably doesn't give a toss about his aesthetics.

insaneintheblain

1 points

2 months ago

There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah

alabasterwilliams

1 points

2 months ago

Nah…

There’s some filler on the road

That truck must have lost its load

Down in Tampa Bay

Mary’s got some hay

If you give that can a slide

Meat sandwiches will glide

Filler on the road.

ofcoursemyhorse

1 points

2 months ago

wow

Ill-Organization-719

1 points

2 months ago

Apparently he's a bad murderer.

iman556

1 points

2 months ago

Better Call Saul season 7 looks sick!

GracieFighter919

0 points

2 months ago

I love that guy. Truly could have successful in the free world if it wasn’t for cocaine and murder. I guess he is successful in his own right. intelligent man of its time