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BBC Series - The Real Hustle
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bbc_the_real_hustle_001.jpgThe Real Hustle is a BBC television series made by Objective Productions demonstrating confidence and magic tricks, distraction scams and proposition bets performed on members of the public by presenters, Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson and Jessica-Jane Clement. Series 1-2 were narrated by Dean Lennox Kelly. From series 3 onwards it is narrated by Steven Jackson.

The show highlights ways in which people can be swayed, systems fooled and goods or money stolen using simple psychology (with the occasional assistance of gadgets or fake props), with a view to educating the viewer in how to avoid becoming a victim. Terminology from the world of the scam artist is employed and explained, and the marks are fully informed of the cons/scams straight afterwards and repaid any money they'd lost. The show is a spin-off documentary of the BBC drama series Hustle.

Example of Scams

  • A deposit is taken on a car multiple times from different people who turn up to buy it.
  • A computer keyboard is replaced with one containing a key logger and bank details are obtained
  • A skimmer device is placed on a cashpoint with a pinhole camera inside it records the information on the user's cards magnetic strip along with their PIN; the data is then put on the magnetic strip of an e-top up card which is used to withdraw money from the victim's account


List of The Real Hustle Episodes: 

Series 1

  • Episode 1 - The Monte, Proposition Bet, Keylogger Scam, Jewellery Shop Scam, Flat Rental Scam, The Mustard Dip. 
  • Episode 2 -  Bogus Agency Scam, Airport X-Ray Steal, Proposition Bet, Winning Lottery Ticket Scam, The Delivery Charge Scam, The Window Tap.
  • Episode 3 - The Wi-Fi Scam, The Jam Auction, Fairground Scams: Balloon Darts, The Customs Seize Scam, Proposition Bet, Mind My Bag.
  • Episode 4 - Beating The Hendon Mob, Proposition Bet, The Ring Reward Ripp-Off, The Black Money Blag, The Postman Scam.
  • Episode 5 - Proposition Bet, Cash Machine Shell Scam, Passing Counterfeit Cash, The Bluetooth Scam (Bluesnarfing), The Hire Car Scam.
  • Episode 6 - The Melon Drop, Proposition Bet, The Fruit Machine Fix, The Car Park Con, The Courier Con, The Booster Bag Scam.
  • Episode 7 - Proposition Bet, Fairground Scams: Tin Cans, The Sob Story Scam, The Change Raising Con, The ID Theft Hustle, The Map Scam.
  • Episode 8 - Don't Get Conned, Proposition Bet, A Pool Hustle, The Psychic Scam, The Rigged Dice Rip-Off.

Series 2

  • Episode 1 - Proposition Bet, Phantom Wallet, Home Alone, Van Dragging, Phantom Wallet, The Eaves Drop Sell.
  • Episode 2 - Cash Card Switch, Proposition Bet, Bag and Pin Snatch, The Long Stick, The Drop Box, Dancing Dolls.
  • Episode 3 - Waitress Card Cloning, Proposition Bet, The Good Samaritan, Car Park Valet Steal.
  • Episode 4 - Security Guard Pat-Down, Phones 4 Us, The Bill Switch, 3 Shell Game, Boot Popping, Proposition Bet.
  • Episode 5 - Mock Auction, The Sure Thing,  The Car Jack, Fairground Scams: Bottle Bowling.
  • Episode 6 - Bus Pickpocketing, Laptop Switch, Counterfeit Cash Con, Fairground Scams: Hoopla.
  • Episode 9 - The Lift, Organic Food Scam, Car Clamp Con, Origami Scam, Torn Note Scam.
  • Episode 10 - Don't Get Conned 2, Mock Prop Scam, Short Change Con, Game Called Nim, Bus Tour Scam.

Series 3

  • Episode 1 - The Murphy Game, The Front Desk Scam, The White House Scam, Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, The Boiler Suit Blag.
  • Episode 2 - The Drop Swindle, The Discount Dodge, Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, Fake Concierge Scam, Rare Dog Scam.
  • Episode 3 - The Bogus Barmaid, The BH Wallet Scam, Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, The Text Message Trap, The Drunken Poker.
  • Episode 4 - The Overpayment Scam, The Premium Phone Swindle, Proposition Bet, The Backgammon Hustle, The Software Steal.
  • Episode 5 - The 3 Way Lift, Counterfeit Cash,  Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, Extreme Social Compliances, Casino Dice Scam.
  • Episode 6 - The Slap Swindle, The Tie Scam, Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, Extreme Social Compliance, Roullete Scam.
  • Episode 7 - The Gasman Swindle, The ATM Sting, Proposition Bet: How To Get Free Drinks, Triple Dine N Dash, Casino Black Jack Scam.
  • Episode 8 - The White Van Scam, Fruit Machine Swindle, Proposition Bet - How To Get Free Drinks, Champagne Charlie, Casino Chip Steal.


Series 4

  • Episode 1 - Brass Ring scam, Hotel Key Switch, The Purse Swindle, Prop Rental Rip-Off, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 27.
  • Episode 2 - The Thai Gem Scam, Miracle Product Swindle, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 28, Prize Steal, The Locker-Room Rip-Off.
  • Episode 3 - Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 29, The Gadget Scam, 3 Card Brag, Distraction Steals, The Bogus Magazine Scam.
  • Episode 4 - Bartender Scams, The Counterfeit Pen Con, Cheating at Gin, The Fake Gym, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 30.
  • Episode 5 - Casino Gambling Devices, The Cash Machine Con, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 31, The Recruitment Scam, The Boomerang.
  • Episode 6 - Casino Blackjack Scams, The Escrow Scam, The Truth Swindle, The Unlucky Winner, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 32.
  • Episode 7 - Fairground Scams: The Pendulum Swindle, Raver Rip-Off, Shop Phone Call Scam, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 33, Rock Band Steal.
  • Episode 8 - 3 Card Monte, Fish Van Scam, Hotel Courier Con, Small Ads Scam, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 34.
  • Episode 9 - The Flop, Exchange Rate Rip-Off, Hotel Valet Steal, Fairground Scams: Peg a Prize, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 35.
  • Episode 10 - Fake Doctor, Fairground Scams: Cover The Spot, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 36, Get Your Coat.
  • Episode 11 - Security Van Scam, Poker Tournament, The Sunlounger Swizz, Fairground Scams: Basketball, Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 37. 
  • Episode 12 - Proposition Bet: How to get free drinks 38, Fake Photoshoot, Car Rental Rip-Off, Don't Get Conned 3.

Special Episode: The 12 Scams of Christmas

  • Watch Movies: Fake Till, Perfume Pitch, Online Gift Scam, Airport Steals, Proposition Bet, Fake Charity Scam, Christmas Card Scam, Proposition Bet, Free Gift Wrapping, Proposition Bet, ID Theft Burglary, Charity Raffle Scam

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