This happens in Chicago all the time. A con man finds a nice box. Box says new TV, Microwave, etc on it. He puts a couple bricks in it. You can buy bricks. He bubble wraps them. You can buy bubble wrap. He tapes it shut with official looking clear plastic tape. OfficeMax sells that too.
Then he goes to a part of town where people have been educated in the public school system. He goes where they believe that the man is out to get them. They want to "Stick it to the Man".
Con man approaches them. Says he "found" this TV. Or he got it off a man unloading a truck. Never says that the warehouse hired him to market these TVs for them. The sucker thinks, I'll buy this, I'll get a new TV for $50. Save me $300. Greed takes over. Sucker comes up with money. Con man disappears. Sucker goes home finds a brick wrapped in bubble wrap. Bought it from the trunk of a car from a guy who says he "found" it and they are mad they were suckered in. Greed and stupidity. If they are lucky they won't need but one of these educational sessions.
In South Bend there is a rash of Oven Door Thefts. People breaking into new houses and stealing the oven door. They do a variation on the Brick in the Box scam. Find a box that held a flat screen TV. Put a stolen oven door in it wrapped in bubble wrap. Tape it shut and find a sucker.
They are easy. Greed is everywhere. I don't even have to read the paper. This happened somewhere in Chicago TODAY. Maybe several times. Greed and stupidity.
These are almost NEVER reported. NEVER. So, what do you say to the investigation officer? "See it was like this, I was in a parking lot and..........."
For most it's a high priced education in being stupid and greedy. Hopefully they won't have to go to school again.