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Category: Law/Police/Crime
Fake Abductions More Common Than Most People Realize — The abduction of Audrey Seiler, and subsequent revelation that she had faked the abduction herself, has been generating a lot of media attention. But in an interview with the Newhouse News Service, Ben Radford, managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, points out that cases like this are far more common than most people realize. By his estimate, they occur about three of four times a month, but most of the cases slip under the media's radar. In the early stages of the Seiler case,…
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2004.   Comments (0)

Restaurant Strip-Search Hoax — According to the Wall Street Journal a strange prank is becoming a real problem for restaurants throughout America. A phone prankster calls up a restaurant, pretending to a police officer, and asks the manager of the restaurant to strip search the store's employees. The reason given is usually that the police are searching for stolen money or drugs. And time after time the store managers comply with the request. I've seen cases of this prank reported in the news before, and I assumed…
Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2004.   Comments (2)

Push Button for Walk Signal — I've long suspected that those buttons on corners that you're supposed to push to get a walk signal are a bizarre hoax. Just a facade created by city governments to let us pedestrians feel like we possess some small measure of control. Now this article (NY Times, reg. req.) largely confirms my suspicion. The article only discusses New York City, but I think the situation is the same throughout most of the country.
Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2004.   Comments (33)

Fake Cop — If you're going to drive around in a car pretending to be a cop, for God's sake don't pull over a real cop.
Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2003.   Comments (0)


Self Arrest Form — The East Point Police, in East Point, Georgia, have come up with a novel way to reduce the costs of fighting crime. They simply invite criminals to arrest themselves. They have an easy-to-use self arrest form on their website that criminals can fill out and submit online. At first I suspected that the entire East Point Police website was a joke, but this doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, I'm guessing that this self-arrest form is just a bit of police humor, in the same vein as the…
Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2003.   Comments (0)

No Joke. It’s a Robbery! — Here's an interesting situation. A robber walks into a store, waves a gun around, and tells the cashier to give him all the money in the register. The cashier takes one look at the gun, thinks it's plastic, and assumes the guy is joking. So she tells him to get lost. Frustrated, the would-be robber runs out of the store. But authorities now believe the robbery attempt was real, which makes the woman quite lucky. But there's still the possibility that the gun actually was a fake. After…
Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2003.   Comments (5)

Bone-Sniffing Dog — The Panama Truth Commission hoped to uncover the truth of what happened in that country during the reigns of the dictators Omar Torrijos and Manuel Noriega. So they brought in Sandra Anderson, a dog trainer whose bone-sniffing dog could help locate the bodies of the dead. But now there are fears that Anderson was a fraud who planted evidence when her dog couldn't find any.
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2003.   Comments (0)

Neck-Bomb Hoaxer — On August 28 a man with a bomb padlocked to his neck robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania. The bomb blew up shortly thereafter, killing the man. The case got a lot of attention, so given human nature it shouldn't surprise anyone that neck-bomb copycat hoaxers are now popping up.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2003.   Comments (0)

Bone Hoax — Crawford County police were alarmed when they discovered leg bones sticking out of a pair of work boots that were standing on the bank of Lake Shepherd Springs in Arkansas. They launched a massive investigation, until they realized the bones came from an animal. They warn that whoever is responsible for the hoax will be prosecuted for committing a crime.
Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2003.   Comments (2)

Phone Prank — A prank caller phones a grocery story pretending to be the police. Somehow he convinces the store manager to start strip-searching customers.
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2003.   Comments (1)

Sultaana Freeman — The following email has been making the rounds. Someone asked me if it's real: The Veil By now you've heard of Sultaana Freeman. Sultaana is the Muslim convert in Florida who is refusing to remove her veil for a driver's license photo. So do you want to see what she looks like? Well here you go. Sultaana with and without her veil! Wait a minute! Doesn't that look like a mug shot on the left? Why, yes! I think it is! I guess she was arrested! Well, as a matter of fact she…
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003.   Comments (2)

FBI chases fake terrorists — The FBI got fooled into thinking that 5 terrorists were on the loose around New Year's Eve.
Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2003.   Comments (0)

Fake Ticker Tape Parade — Yesterday NYC staged a fake ticker tape parade. Bored firemen and policemen marched up and down the same block three times while, according to the NY Post, "drunken office workers shouting like morons to one another" dumped paper on their head. The whole exercise was supposed to persuade the Olympic committee to choose NYC as the site for the Olympics in 2012.
Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2002.   Comments (0)

Fake Tourists Catch Cheats — From The Guardian, Prague police have declared war on cheating taxi-cab drivers by unleashing an army of fake tourists to flush out the cheats.
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2002.   Comments (1)

Fake abduction — From today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A woman invents an elaborate story about being kidnapped by three abductors, prompting police to send in a SWAT team to rescue her. They find her sitting alone in her car. The abductors were all a figment of her imagination.
Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2002.   Comments (0)

Fake Lithuanian Cops — Lithuania deploys fake police to slow traffic. I think they tried something like this in Washington DC also.
Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2002.   Comments (0)

Unusual Bomb Hoax — Normally I don't like to mention bomb hoaxes, since giving them any attention only plays into the hoaxer's hand, but this case seems to be an exception. A man, while clearing out his closet, threw out a fake bomb that he had once created for a marketing project in college. The next day his building was evacuated when someone saw it lying in the dumpster. Full story at the NY Times (reg. required).
Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2002.   Comments (0)

Museum of Car Theft — The Russians bring us the Museum of Car Theft.
Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002.   Comments (0)

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