That Time I Tried to Scam a Radio Quiz Show (and Totally Blew It)

In this true tale from the Moth, America's premier storytelling group, a young man reveals a funny game show scheme run afoul.

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A few years ago, I was involved in a massive scheme to win an Israeli quiz show similar to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, only I never wanted to be on the show. I was walking down the street when a friend called and said, “Dude, you’ve got to run home. You’re going to be on the radio in 20 minutes. Explanations later.” As I walked, he explained that he’d won the show the week before and wasn’t allowed to go on again. So he’d played this week using my name.


Now I’m going be on the radio competing with ten other people to win the show. Not to worry—he’s planning to help me. With one phone, I listen to the radio show, and on another phone, I have my friend telling me what to say. (Here are some easy ways to identify a scam call.)

I am just echoing the answers: “Who won the 1998 World Cup?” “France.” “France.” “What’s the largest country in Africa?” “Algeria.” “Algeria.” And so on as we advance to the final round, where I get the question “Who has sold the most albums?” I know the answer, so I shout it.

As it turns out, Britney Spears is not the one.

Scams are everywhere–you can even become a “doctor” online with just $99.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest