Bogus Dry-Cleaning Bill Scam (6/30)


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Dry-cleaning operations became more common in the early 1940s due to oil shortages during the Second World War. Scammers took advantage of the businesses by taking the bill from legal dry cleaners and making 1,000 copies of it.

They will then send these bills to fancy hotels and restaurants, alleging that the victim's restaurant had spilled food, coffee, or champagne on a guest's luxurious suit. Although the dry-cleaning costs were often modest, restaurants and hotels would typically pay for it without asking any questions.


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