According to The Real Hustle, one in three Aussies are subjected to a con of some sort every year.
I’m not sure how many more are swindled by television networks, but I reckon it would be a higher figure. Especially if you fall for this one.
Is there something inappropriate in Clare Werbeloff misleading Sydney police with her “Chk chk boom” story only to be ‘rewarded’ with a television gig? Just who is scamming whom now?
Werbeloff’s appearance in this one hour special is brief. She participates in two staged scams. There are two other blokes as her scam sidekicks.
At the top of the episode we’re told that everyone who was tricked by the production has had their belongings or money restored and agreed to have the footage used in the interests of bringing the scams to the attention of the public. Not so that Nine can peddle a show out of it.
Presenting the special is Underbelly actor Gyton Grantley, explaining every step of the various heists. A fraud squad detective adds a voice of experience to the trickery.
This special is produced by Southern Star and based on a UK series that was inspired by the success of the drama series Hustle.
Some segments are staged by the Aussie team, whilst others in London and New York are obviously from productions in the UK and USA.
There are scams involving bag stealing, credit card skimming, bag snatching, laptop switching and clever shoplifting. None on television production.
It would be hard not to presume that some people could glean plenty of tips from this special, as something of a “How To.”
Originally filmed as two half hour episodes, this airs as a one-hour special. The opening montage includes footage of other scams that don’t appear,
The Real Hustle is a light distraction, but ultimately the content doesn’t aim any higher than the kind of segment demonstrated by various current affairs shows. Which may really be the ultimate con of all.
Do not attempt this at home.
The Real Hustle airs 9pm Tuesday on Nine.