Fake Gods Don't Stop Con Artists

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Want to make $80,000? It's easy--all you have to do is front $45,000, say the rosary for nine days, and build an altar to a God you've never heard of. And of course, don't tell anybody what your doing. Although considering how stupid you're being, you may want to do that last one anyway.

A Kansas City couple were told by a couple of South American men that there was $80,000 in gold coins hidden underneath the floor of the shop that they owned. They even had a machine that beeped when they ran it over the spot where the alleged bling was. They got permission from the couple to take a jackhammer to their floor. (Note to shopkeepers: NEVER volunteer your floor for jackhammering.) After some digging they "found" a clay box with a cross and the text "1878" on it. Inside the box was not gold, but a note saying that the gold was hidden underneath the box. ("This is sounding more plausible by the second", I hear you thinking to yourself.) The men then warned the couple that a terrible curse would be laid upon them if they went right for the gold. Instead, they had to say the rosary for nine days, build an altar to the god Fray, put an amount of money equal to the value of the coins into the clay box, and not tell anybody what they were doing. The couple agreed, fronting $45,000 (the entrepreneurial archaeologists ponied up $25,000) and began their vigil.

Before we get to the obvious conclusion of this little tale, let's discuss some things. First of all, there is no god Fray. There was a goddess Freya, the Norse goddess of sex, fertility, war, and wealth (kind of an umbrella goddess). And there was another Norse deity Freyr, a fertility god (presumably in case Freya was unable to fulfill her fertility duties). Surely if they're saying the rosary these are good Catholic folk--what are they doing building altars to strange, and in this case nonexistent, heathen gods? The other requirements to get the gold coins are silly, for sure, but I think building altars to fake gods has GOT to be a new one in the casefiles of scam detectives.

Predictably, the two men never return to the shop, and after nine days of Hail Mary-ing it, the couple cracks open the box--only to find that their cash has miraculously transformed into newspaper. The case is pending, and perhaps the poor(er) shopkeepers will be re-united with their cash. Or maybe not. It's in Fray's hands, now.



Posted by Soundwave on 2007-08-22 09:55:29
Now that makes me laugh. Why do people do such stupid things for money. lol
Posted by Pile on 2007-08-22 22:55:39
This kind of stuff doesn't bother me that much. It's like a tax on stupidity.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-23 21:21:26
But there is a god Freyr (often written/spoken Frey)
who, according to Wikipedia, Bestows Peace and pleasure upon mortals.
Fake gods
Posted by anonymous on 2008-04-02 17:49:10
ha ha thats funny maybe i should try that


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