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Episode 86 • Dishonesty

86

Scam

Dupe someone into doing something

Fall for something

Con artist

Be in on it

Story

Hey, Will, you know what could be fun? Right across the street there’s that psychic I always go to. Why don’t you go in?
Baby, we’ve already talked about this… I don’t believe in that stuff and you shouldn’t either…The only goal these people have is to scam people like you.
Oh, come on! You don’t have to believe in it… Just do it for fun!
No, I told you. I don’t like that woman… The last time you went she even duped you into buying $50 worth of ‘special stones’… I still can’t believe you fell for it. Really… That woman is just a con artist!
That’s not true! Cynthia is a professional… Want to know how I know? Because I went to a different lady last week and she said the same exact things she did.
Of course she did. They probably knew each other. She was in on it
Will. Baby, please… Do it for me…. Pleeeease.
Fine… Only five minutes.
[Clock ticking]
So? How did it go? You were in there for almost an hour!
Uh… Well… I booked another session next week. I also bought these stones Cynthia recommended. She said they might help with work. Oh, and also… We should start looking at apartments because she said we’re gonna have a baby soon…

Questions

Scam

'The only goal these people have is to scam people like you.'

• If someone scams you, what do they usually want from you? Your time or your money?

No. If the power goes out, you are left with no electricity in the house.

• If someone scams you, do they do so openly?

There's a bunch of reasons. One of the reasons could be the weather, especially if there is, I don't know, a really big storm or tornado or, I don't know, something pretty big weather-wise, then the power might go out temporarily or even for quite a long time. If nothing's happening, it might also be because the electrical circuit of the house is overloaded. That happens, for example, when you have too many appliances working at the same time. I don't know, maybe your dishwasher and the washing machine, and then you're also cooking, all that stuff, if you're using too much power, that might cause the power to go out.

• Have you ever been scammed?

It wasn't that long ago. I think it was maybe a couple of days ago because this happens pretty frequently in our house. I remember I was in the bathroom and I was about to blow dry my hair and I plugged in the hairdryer and the power just went out because my boyfriend was cooking, we had the heater up and running in the other room. It was just too much for our poor little apartment to handle, and so the power went out.

Dupe someone into doing something

'... she even duped you into buying $50 worth of ‘special stones’...'

• If someone dupes you into doing something, do they get you to do something or not?

None. If it's pitch-black in a room, it's completely dark. There's not even a little bit of light coming in.

• Does duping someone involve physically forcing someone to do something?

Nothing. You can't see anything because it's too dark for your eyes to see.

• And if someone dupes you into doing something, who will gain an advantage from that? You or them?

I usually can't sleep well if there's too much light coming into the room. I want the room to be really dark. However, especially if I'm sleeping by myself, I don't like for it to be pitch-black because I get a little scared because you know, monsters. No, but seriously, I don't like for it to be pitch-black. I want it to be dark but I want to be able to still see. If I have to get up, especially in the middle of the night, I want to be able to see what's going on around me.

• Have you ever been duped into doing something? What was it?

I usually can't sleep well if there's too much light coming into the room. I want the room to be really dark. However, especially if I'm sleeping by myself, I don't like for it to be pitch-black because I get a little scared because you know, monsters. No, but seriously, I don't like for it to be pitch-black. I want it to be dark but I want to be able to still see. If I have to get up, especially in the middle of the night, I want to be able to see what's going on around me.

Fall for something

'I still can’t believe you fell for it.'

• If you fall for something, like a scam or a trick, do you believe the person scamming you?

In your hand, or on your head? A flashlight is a small electric light that you carry in your hand. It's usually small enough for you to hold it with one hand. Sometimes if it's very big, I would say two but usually just one.

• If a friend plays a trick on you, do you usually fall for it?

No, we don't have a flashlight at home. I don't think it's really necessary nowadays because every phone has a flashlight. Pretty much every phone, I think. Obviously, it's not a great flashlight. It's not very powerful but it does the job.

Con artist

'Really… That woman is just a con artist!'

• Who is a con artist? Someone who helps people who have been tricked to get their money back or someone that deceives others to get their money?

A switch can do both. It can turn on electrical stuff, electrical equipment, lights, but it can also turn these things off.

• Do you know any famous con artists?

On both. You have both switches that control the lights in the different rooms and those are placed on the walls. Then you also have switches on certain objects like, I don't know, the lamp right next to me, it has a switch. Let's see, what else has a switch? The rice cooker that I have in the kitchen, that has a switch.

Be in on it

'They probably knew each other. She was in on it…'

• If someone tricks you or lies to you and someone else is in on it, do they know about the lie?

If you get electrocuted, that means that the electricity passes through your body. What happens to someone that gets electrocuted? Unfortunately, if you get electrocuted, that means that you're likely going to die because it's a pretty serious matter.

• And if that someone is in on it, will they tell you the truth or will they lie to you as well?

Unfortunately, if you get electrocuted, that means that you're likely going to die because it's a pretty serious matter.

• When was the last time you tricked someone? Who was in on it?

Well, first of all, do not touch any live wires. If you see any wires that are, let's say, exposed, don't touch it. Okay? If the power is on, that is very dangerous. If there's a storm outside, another thing you shouldn't do is open your umbrella because that attracts the lightning, I think. I'm no scientist, you know that. Do not stand under a tree because that's really dangerous and do not get in the water. Then there's this other thing that I don't know if it's true because my mom used to tell me when I was little, but she always told me to not open the fridge when my hair was wet, or when my feet were wet. I forget. One of the two or both my hair and my feet or either my hair or my feet. I don't know. When something was wet, she didn't want me to open the fridge. I don't know if that's just something that my mom said. Let me know, reach out to me and tell me if your parents taught you that as well or if it's all right to do it. Just in case, don't.

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