Thanks to movies like Ocean's Eleven and Catch Me if You Can, we expect scams to be elaborate, highly coordinated events that require months of planning and at least three tuxedo changes. In the real world, both criminals and their victims are a whole lot dumber than you'd expect, which is why the following scams (almost) worked.
5 An Elderly Couple Win a Vacation (and Become Drug Mules)
A 64-year-old Australian woman recently entered an online contest for a seven-day vacation to Canada. A few days later, she found out that not only had she not fever dreamed that time she entered a contest to go to Canada, but she had actually won. The trip included round-trip airfare for two, seven nights at a hotel, a new set of luggage (weird, right?), and some extra cash. Score!
The woman said she and her husband had a lovely time on their vacation, but there were a few times she had a nagging suspicion that something wasn't right. These feelings only grew when their luggage was swapped for the flight home. It turns out that spanking new luggage had been crammed to the gills with about 15 pounds of meth.
Unfortunately, "Heisenbergian levels of meth" didn't happen to be in the fine print.