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Comment of the Day: Don't Forget the "Faux Patriot Scam"

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We outlined five street scams being successfully pulled in Houston these days, and how to avoid them. (Mostly, use some damn common sense.)

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One reader offered up another scam many Houstonians easily fall for.

Houston wrote:

Don't forget the Faux Patriot Scam. Goes like this. TV/Radio host preys on easily influenced, overly patriotic, partisans. Scares them using words like socialism, tyranny, communism, death panels, etc.. Uses the words mostly out of context, often times completely changing the meaning of the words in an attempt to shock their marks. Once they have their marks riddled with terror, they get them to agree to spend money on their books or worse spend $50 to attend a concert under the guise that the money is going to save the troops! Then the grifters skim 80-90% off the top before passing on some change to charities.

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