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15 July 2009, JellyBean @ 3:46 pm

When I saw this story I had to put it up here as it kind of related to the previous story on genies. Thanks to Cabinet of Wonder for pointing out this story from the BBC.

“Con men who swindled people out of money by pretending to be genies with supernatural powers have been arrested, say Bangladeshi police have said. Skip related content

The scammers would gather personal information about their victims beforehand, call them and speak “in a tone similar to Arabic,” police chief Farhad bin Imrul Kayes said.

They then claimed to be genies who had descended from the sky and would tell people to send money to a specific location, threatening a family tragedy if they disobeyed.

“During the phone talks, they would describe themselves as kings of genies who recite Koranic verses, inject fear of Allah among their victims and pretend to know some of their family secrets,” he added.”

Read the full story:

Yahoo News: ‘Supernatural Genie’ Con Men Arrested

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