What’s the Biggest Scam in Your City?

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Hack Your City Each Monday we ask you for your best city tips: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Sometimes the weekly topic is a specific city; other times it’s an aspect of all cities, so everyone can participate.

In New York, there are kids who walk around with a sign-up sheet, asking for donations to buy uniforms for their school basketball team. There is no school basketball team. At an NYC drugstore you can buy Chateau Diana “wine product” but you will never get drunk on it. Fancy restaurants slip you more fish than you ordered to jack up the price. And the governor “saved” the city from a 15-month train shutdown, by actually making it worse. But your city can beat that, right?

What’s the biggest, or most dangerous, or most annoying scam in your city? What bad deal is so bad it’s immoral? What lie do people tell to get your money or your effort? What switcheroo have the local politicians pulled? What bill of goods have the city’s richest people sold to the rest of you?

And how do you avoid, fight, or recover from that scam? What’s your trick? Have you ever scammed a scammer back? How do you shut down a scammer without escalating the situation? (For instance, it’s a dick move to call the cops on the basketball kids.) Lastly, what seems like a scam but is actually good?

Tell us in the comments, and we’ll feature the best ones in the Staff tab. Remember to name your city! We don’t know you! You could be from anywhere, what are you trying to do, scam us?