Scam Stories

TaleTown.Org multimedia English short stories on scams & cons, retold tales on detecting & avoiding money scams & computer scams done by confidence tricksters

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 11

    (animated stereo) Bedouin (?) camp, Sinai (circa 1920)Retold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 11

    Captain of the thieves identifies Alibaba’s house & returns to hatch a deadly plan.

    Death comes knocking...

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 12

    Aqaba PalaceRetold Arabian Nights Tale: Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 12

    Discovering thieves hidden in oil barrels frightens Marjina to death.

    Could one literally die from fear?

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 22

    Antique"So!" Josh exclaimed with a sudden understanding. "He doesn't want to eat their salt, because if he does, he'll feel bad about killing them."

    "Yea," she nodded, pleased that he had quickly picked up the connection.

    "But," he countered, "if salt was only a symbol of food, then salted or unsalted, he is actually eating their food. Now if he kills them after that, isn't it betrayal anyway?"

  • Assassin

    AssassinSci-fi crime thriller: Assassin

    The assassin knew that one bullet, one kill, was all she needed. Did she succeed?

    A suspense-full murder mystery

  • Banking On Insurance?

    Insurance“Since the cost of replacing floor coverings in most of the separate areas was individually less than my policy excess, they declined to pay most of the replacement cost on the grounds that each individual event within my claim was uneconomical."

    "Interestingly, the assessor had initially confirmed to me that the whole house would be covered and given me the go ahead to get it all replaced quickly to mitigate loss of rent while the house sat untenantable due to damages. The assessor later denied they had given me any verbal confirmations of cover.”

  • Climbing Mount Improbable

    cloud riderHosh laughed. He knew that frogs were raunchy.

    “The dumb shit didn't think," continued Josh, "about what would happen to him, or to his family if he fell from the Eiffel Tower and died. He tried climbing Mount Improbable."

  • Company Policy

    managementRosh lampoons Company Policy again, when his quarterly pay review delivers no increments.

    Funny business management story with retold jokes on company policies...

  • Complementary Relationships

    Call for volunteers at the world’s largest Donkey SanctuaryUsing funny equations, Satyadev shows that complementary relationships exist between men who earn money & women who spend money.

    Making them both donkeys... Joke.

  • Don’t Upset Your Insurer

    See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil“They can act as judge, jury and executioner. Their heavy handed actions can ruin the lives of the very people that pay their premiums.”

    “Ruined because of a slip. Ruined because an allegation was made. Or ruined because someone dared demand that their contract be respected.”

  • Dwelling On Insurance

    Insurance“Unlike many other countries, insurers in New Zealand are almost free to insure or refuse to insure anyone they choose.”

    “No Kiwi has a right to insurance, and the insurance industry is free to refuse your application or cancel your policy at its whim. It does not have to provide reasons or justification.”

  • Exciting Period

    The Awful Truth, Day 4:  Could Be Working HarderFunny story: Exciting period.

    Rosh is excited by the buying opportunity created by UK Government support of Northern Rock but Isha finds other jokes exciting.

  • Executive Decisions

    Metropolitan Police Dog training centre "Where Others Fear to Tread!"Executive decisions screw the minions regardless of who is at fault.

    A dictator’s minister avoids being mauled by dogs, but Rosh is dubious of the story message...

  • Follow The Money

    George is Keeping an Eye On You!Rosh tries to follow the money to gauge where growing worldwide debt & money printing might lead us.

    Was the wealth effect in NZ just a game of musical chairs?

  • Fruits Of My Labor

    man-on-long-office-chair illustrationShouldn’t I benefit from fruits of my labor?

    Employee engagement is driven by purpose, recognition & monetary incentives.

    Insightful tale on worker demotivation...

  • Holding God For Ransom

    Seth child praying"Bribing God?" Rosh had overheard her, "He laughs at prayers like that!"

    "What's wrong with me showing some gratitude if He hears and answers my prayers?" Isha flared.

  • How Business Is Done?

    2013_11_270020 - business sharks"I don't like his girlfriend!" Rosh fumed.

    "Well, he does!" objected Isha, "And, he's entitled to his own choice without deserving your anger."

  • How Company Policy Begins

    COOKIE...ALONG WITH EENIE, MEENIE, MINEE, AND MOE...DOCKED AND ON DRY LAND...CHERISHED BY GOD...SAVED... BORNE ABOVE THE FLOOD...TRANSPORTED...”TEBHAT NOAH”...CARRIED ON THE ARK OF NOAH...PERHAPS THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP BY ANY OTHER NAME...MORE A VEHICLE OProgrammed monkeys show how company policy begins, and is then used to kill initiative & brick wall employee remuneration.

    Insightful corporate management story

  • How Tax Cuts Work

    2014_06_210005 - tax avoidance“Even mathematically, tax cuts are not fair to the rich, just like they don’t benefit the poor much. They are skewed in favor of the middle class – the majority.”

    “Perhaps the restaurant owners all over the world are afraid of being beaten up by the five men in the middle. Historically, it has been the working class that has usually caused all the trouble."

  • Is A Goat A Goat?

    Panchtantra brahmin goat thugThe first of the rogues approached him and asked, “Where are you going with that donkey on your back?”

    “Does this look like a donkey to you?” retorted the Brahmin mockingly, “I’ve been gifted a goat for my services.”

  • It Pays To Check

    Nell"There you are," said the vet sadly, as his dog trotted out of the room. "It is completely dead and no longer with us."

    "Is that all you're going to do?" the lady was beginning to get pissed off with him.