POLICE ARREST TWO FOR SELLING FAKE MERMAID’S EYE TO UNSUSPECTING RUBES
Grifters and con artists have been coming up with new scams on old ideas for literally hundreds of years. It’s likely that you have been conned and never even knew it. Actually, that’s definitely true if you have ever watched TV commercials, which is poignant on Super Bowl Sunday. But buying something that you don’t actually need that doesn’t really do what you are convinced it does is basic marketing. It’s also the foundation of a good con. But this grifter story coming out of Hyderabad, India is a good one. They were cheating people out of their money by selling them a fake mermaid’s eye. Now, they’re under arrest.
ONE RUBE WASN’T, AND CONTACTED POLICE ABOUT FAKE MERMAID’S EYE SCAMMERS
It’s not clear what the fake mermaid’s eye was supposed to do for any unsuspecting buyers, though the two men claimed that it had supernatural powers and that they procured it from a holy man. That is a scam I have never heard of before! But I suppose snake oil comes in all sorts of packages these days, even the eye of a mermaid. Anyway, at least one suspecting person contacted police about the scam, which led to the arrest of Balsuguri Chandu and Medikonda Sambha Shiva Rao at Kapra.
WANNABE GRIFTERS UNDER ARREST, NO WORD ON WHAT HAPPENS TO FAKE MERMAID’S EYE
After the arrests last Thursday, police conducted an investigation into the duping fake mermaid’s eye scam. They found that the two snake oil salesmen underperformers had taken a small stone and placed a small bulb in it, to make it glow as pictured above. It is actually a decent effect when placed in water. I’m guessing the two got the idea for a mermaid’s eye when they saw the fluorescence in water, and ran with it. Unfortunately for the two, they won’t be running all the way to the bank.