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This is The Real Hustle: New Recruits.
The hustlers are back, and this time,
they've brought in two new faces to help them with their scams -
new recruits Polly and Jazz.
They'll join original hustlers Paul, Jess and Alex.
Working together as a team, they'll carry out scams
that are more cunning and devious than ever before.
On tonight's show... Gareth Gates dabbles in the stock market.
Buy, buy, buy - come on, let's go!
Alex hooks up with a couple of ladies.
Oh, I see, we've gone for the link? Interesting.
And this guy will never trust anyone again.
The guy was gone, with his stuff and my stuff.
The hustlers have invited celebrity friends
to help them with their scams.
They'll be thrown in at the deep end -
no training and no practice, just straight in.
This week's celebrity guest hustler is a Pop Idol finalist,
who's sold more than 3.5 million records - Gareth Gates.
I'm nervous. It's the fear of the unknown more than anything.
Having to try and act, and be someone else to try and scam people.
I'm naturally a nice person,
so to try and con someone is quite against my nature.
Naturally, I'm quite nervous about doing the scam, because of my speech.
Looking forward to that challenge.
-Let me tell you what we're going to do.
Have you ever dabbled in stocks and shares?
-OK, good. That's good.
-We're going to give somebody the opportunity to double their money today.
-Now, YOU are going to be in charge of the trading room floor.
You've got a few things to do that...you've got to get 'em right.
-All right? You ready?
-Yeah. Let's do it.
-All right. Come on, come with me.
Gareth will be a long way from the stage,
and totally out of his comfort zone in...
The Stock Swindle.
The hustlers have set up shop in a corporate office building,
which they've hired for the day.
This is the mark.
She's been invited along to hear about an investment opportunity,
and has been told to bring money.
Jess is playing the role of a secretary,
and has brought the two young ladies upstairs.
The first stop is the trading room floor,
to meet Rob Marks, the investment fund manager.
-Keep an eye on both sides...
This is Carrie and Georgina.
-Hi there. You are?
Carrie... Nice to meet you.
This is our trading floor.
Basically what these guys are doing is
they're looking at all the opportunities to buy and sell
and basically make as much money as possible.
And we have a small advantage, but a very effective advantage.
What they're looking at is for any kind of increase.
And we have a little bit under a minute advantage on every other market in the UK.
Well, it's all down to technology...
And here's Gareth's first big role. The Convincer.
Right, guys, we're on 14.50.
As soon as it reaches 14.70, that's when we're going to be...
We're going to have a small window, and you just need to blitz it, OK?
He's playing the trading floor boss,
assisted by trader and new recruit, Jazz.
We're looking at gold right now.
Gold goes up and down, but it's been going up steadily.
For this scam to work,
they must convince the marks this is a legitimate financial business.
And they're about to put on a show.
Buy gold! Buy gold!
So we basically buy it all at a low price,
and then sell it all at a high price.
-So they do it in a very, very quick turnaround.
-Three, two, one...
-and stop buying!
-Stop now, stop, everyone!
We're going to stop buying, cos the price is about to go up.
-Guys, you need to start selling at 15.10.
-Tell us when.
It all sounds pretty convincing.
-So now they're going to sell everything.
The price'll keep going up,
it'll steady out, and then come down again.
And we will have sold at the top.
So... Anyway, why don't I take you round and explain? It's a little noisy in here!
Gareth's performance seems to have done the job.
Guys, thank you very much. Marius...
And the girls haven't recognised him. So far, so good.
Three, two, one... And stop trading!
-That's it. Stop there, guys.
-Stop trading, guys. Well done.
That's great. We basically just made about £500,000 there. So it's not a bad...
-Paul leads his clients away from the noisy trading floor...
-Let me take you through here.
..to an investors' lounge just down the corridor.
All right, have a seat...
The girls settle into the lounge.
Let me just go and check one little thing.
That's actually one of our investors, believe it or not. I'll just be right back.
TV: 'Gold is experiencing some very good spikes recently...'
The TV is showing a financial news report.
But Paul switches it on to a live feed from the trading floor.
It's time for...
Every 20 years or so,
the entire industry changes how it does business, and how it transfers information.
And if you think about it like TV moving from analogue to digital,
and next year, everyone is rolling out to a new system.
And that system is much faster than the information we get just now.
So when they get a price now, it's actually about a minute old.
This is much faster. And it will be about 15 seconds old.
So here's how the company works.
TRH Trading have charts showing live prices from the Asian markets.
It's a brand-new system for Europe, and only THEY have it right now.
It means they get information 45 seconds ahead of all their competitors.
Buy, buy, buy, come on, let's go!
So they look for a peak in prices, buy low,
and sell high for a guaranteed profit.
-Stop there, guys.
-Stop trading, guys.
And Paul's looking for investors to share a piece of the action.
So, if you're interested in investing with us, trade for a day with us...
any amount of money you like, we guarantee to double it.
And that's just as a "Welcome to the company, this is what we can do for you" kind of deal.
If you then decide to invest your money -
not just the money you make but hopefully the money that you're going to put in in the future -
then we will
basically discuss the kind of package that you would want, how much you would make...
We don't double your money every month.
In this one-year advantage that we have,
we try and guarantee everybody
at least one third compound per month on the money that you put in.
We know what's going to happen, we know how to make money with it
and we can guarantee our customers
a very good investment for the first year.
It's never failed.
If I know I can buy something for £1 and that in 40 seconds
everyone wants to buy it from me for £2, it's easy.
-When we see that spike - you saw earlier how big it got?
When we see that, we know that we buy here and sell there.
That's without any risk whatsoever.
So, if you bring money today, we'll double it for you. If anything went wrong,
I'd give you the money out of my own pocket.
That's how sure I am about this.
I want you to understand what we're doing.
The most important thing is that you understand
that WE know what we're doing.
OK? The guys that you saw in the room are some of
the best and brightest from the business. They really know what they're doing.
Why don't I give you some time to think about it?
-Are you going down to the coffee shop?
-I can do.
-Would you take them? Give them some time?
-If you need to go to the bank.
-The mark doesn't have to make her mind up right away.
Sorry to rush you...
Jess takes the girls downstairs to a coffee shop to think about it.
-I'll hopefully see you in a little while.
-Carl got your e-mail.
-Yep. He says everything's fine.
And as luck would have it, the party bumps into another couple of investors -
Alex, and the other new recruit, Polly.
And that's no accident.
Alex should look familiar to them
because he was the financial reporter they saw on TV moments ago.
And Bolivia are very strong suppliers of the Arabica bean.
How could anyone resist valuable investment advice from this guy?
He's here to give the company that final seal of authenticity.
I love Rob. I've been working with him for years. We've been acquaintances, but...
My advice to you - and I wouldn't say this in front of Rob
but that's why I've sort of accompanied J -
is, if you're going to invest today, try and invest as much money as you can.
Even if it's, you know... Even if it's £100 here, £50 there,
scrape as much of it as you've got...
So Alex's completely unbiased advice is to invest as much as possible.
I brought somebody down
and Rob hadn't sort of explained the terms as clearly
and the guy said, "Oh, all right, I'll do £500." Something small.
And he made 500 back.
He went, "Great! Next time I'll do 2,000." And Rob said, "No, I'm afraid next time is minimum of 10."
So, he looked at me and he said, "Oh God, I wish I knew.
"I would've just got all the money I had..."
Has financial reporter Alex done enough to convince the mark to invest?
She's about to find out you shouldn't always trust people you see on TV.
How much are you guys putting in today?
Oh, no! Get your stuff. Quick.
-We need to get out!
-I've just given them my money!
-Come. Now, now - come on!
When hustlers go out, they don't bring money, they bring prop bets -
challenges designed to win or lose a drink.
But a proposition bet only has one rule
and that's that the hustler always wins.
Right, I've got a bet for you guys. It's a very simple bet.
It uses two paperclips and a rubber band. Right?
Now, I'll tell you what - to make it interesting, we'll do this bet for £10. Right?
So, I'm going to put £10 up. Here's the bet.
You've got to pick up both these paperclips with the rubber band
but you can't touch the paperclips. You can only touch the rubber band.
You can put the paperclips anywhere you like
but you can only touch the rubber band.
So, to avoid buying Alex a drink,
his new friends have to hook all three items together.
But after they've positioned the paperclips,
they're not allowed to touch them again.
-Rachel, do you want to go first?
Oh, I see. We've gone for the link. Interesting.
If you manage to get one up, then the other one will be linked in.
Makes sense. Logical.
It's like the Krypton Factor! Right, Katie, do you want to have a go?
-Are you going to go along the same route?
Because it worked so well for Rachel?!
-Oh, I thought you had it there.
All right. I'll show you. I'm going to position the paperclips
then link them to the rubber band. I'm going to use this £10 note.
It's not cheating cos I didn't say you couldn't use anything. Right? Okay. So, here we go.
We'll fold this bit over, get the paperclips...
Rubber band goes around the bank note like that...
Fold this over, put the other one on...
Ready? Two paperclips on the rubber band...
..without touching them. One, two, three...here we go.
The trick here is to use the tenner.
Alex folds it over, attaches one paperclip,
then the rubber band.
He then fold the note again and adds the other paperclip.
Then, he just pulls. As if by magic, all three items are hooked together.
I think I'll have a... another one of those, please.
Because, a few minutes later, his laptop is gone.
This is The Trusting Stranger.
It's a beautiful, sunny morning
and it looks like new recruit Polly is dressed for a spot of cycling.
But first, she stops off for some light refreshments.
In fact, she's having a good look around this cafe for a suitable mark.
A mark with a suitably expensive laptop.
Time for a bit of friendly flirting.
Excuse me, do you know if there's any, like... I've got a bike.
Do you just ride on the road here, or is there bike lanes, and...
Yeah, there's a few. You just have to take your chance with the traffic when there's not, so...
You just find them?
-It's quite nippy out today, isn't it?
-It looks sunny but...deceiving.
-I was riding on my bike and I was like, brrr!
-Keep you nice and warm, all that exercise.
Yeah. It's nice and warm in here, actually.
It's a good spot in the sun.
-Are you from here?
-Polly's certainly turning on the charm
and this guy seems happy to get all her attention.
SHE CLEARS THROAT
Here's someone else looking for his morning coffee.
It's new recruit, Jazz.
And his entrance is Polly's cue to get up and leave.
-But timing is crucial here.
-Hi there. Could I just get, er...
-Actually, I'll grab one of these smoothies.
-Yeah, yeah - cool.
Polly doesn't want anyone else to sit down next to the mark,
So, she makes a bit more small talk until he takes her place.
Which is the best way, d'you think, to cycle to the West End?
-Byres Road? Have you heard of that?
-Yeah. Go up to the traffic lights...
-And turn left...
-Follow the road round...
-OK, cool. Thank you. Nice to meet you.
One customer leaves, another arrives.
The mark doesn't suspect that these two hustlers
are really working together as a team.
Jazz has only just arrived
but it's already time for him to make his move.
Excuse me, mate...
do you mind just looking after this while I go to the toilet?
All right. Cheers, mate.
So what's Jazz up to?
Why is he leaving his laptop with a complete stranger?
In fact, this is all part of the plan.
Jazz is back from the gents.
Thanks a lot, mate. Cheers.
Lucky for him, his laptop is still there. This is clearly an honourable mark.
Now, for the final part of the scam. Polly is still outside.
Looks like she's having a bit of trouble with her bike lock.
If only there was a big, strong man to help her.
Hi, it's only me again. I'm sorry!
Er, my... this, won't work in my, er, lock.
-I don't know if you could help me. It's like a big...
Will the mark help?
And what's he going to do with that laptop of his?
Jazz trusted him earlier with his laptop.
Maybe he'll ask for the same favour in return.
I can't do it! Is that all right?
-Yeah, yeah - of course.
-Thank you. Sorry.
I don't know if I'm just being silly.
I've been trying for ages! And I'm really trying to do it but it's...
it's not working. It's literally only here.
The mark is just out of sight of the windows. And his laptop.
It's just a bit stiff.
Jazz needs to time his move just right, or he'll be in deep trouble.
-I wouldn't have said it was you.
-Time to go.
Trying to act as casual as possible, Jazz packs up his gear.
And whilst the mark is distracted...
If I turn it much harder, it'll break the plastic.
..Jazz helps himself to his laptop.
-I can't help you, I'm afraid.
-Oh, no! Don't say that!
The mark is on his way back...
Thank you, though. Cheers, nice to meet you. Bye.
..and Jazz is on his way out by the other exit.
And not a moment too soon.
The mark is left wondering what on earth happened.
-It looks sunny but... deceiving.
A chat with a beautiful girl over coffee
has suddenly turned into a nightmare of a day.
There's no sign of Polly.
And that bike wasn't hers in the first place.
No wonder the key didn't fit.
The girl said, "Sorry to bother you."
Asked me if I would help her with her bike lock
that appeared to be jammed. I thought,
I've looked after this guy's stuff, he'll be fine looking after mine. Went back in after 30 seconds.
The guy was gone, with his stuff and my stuff.
So, yeah, it was quite clearly... er, they were operating together.
The key to this scam is that Jazz asks the mark to look after his laptop for him.
When the mark goes off to help Polly, he feels obliged to do the same.
He doesn't want to offend Jazz by not returning his trust.
It's easy to avoid a scam like this.
By all means help people, but take care of your property when you do.
And don't leave it with someone that you don't know.
There's no shame in being cautious with your own possessions.
Earlier today, Gareth Gates played the role of a futures trader,
helping the hustlers convince this mark
that she was dealing with a legitimate financial company.
-Now, now, Marius.
-Buy gold, buy gold!
She's been offered the chance to invest
and double her money in the same afternoon.
We know what's going to happen. We know how to make money with it.
Sounds a little too good to be true as she's about to find out in...
The Stock Swindle - Part 2.
The girls have arrived back at TRH Investments,
accompanied by financial reporter Alex and his friend Polly,
who's also a first-time investor.
Even at a guaranteed 100% return, this is not yet a done deal.
The hustlers will need to persuade the mark to actually invest her hard-earned money.
-This man will need some cash.
Polly is here as a convincer.
-And how much are you putting down today?
She hands over £4,000.
-The mark's eyeing the cash.
Will she join Polly in investing?
And how much are you guys putting in today?
This is a big decision for the mark.
She's brought savings to invest in her future.
But the hustlers have different ideas for her cash.
Great. Go for it.
And here comes the money.
£500 in cash, borrowed from the mark's friend.
Then another 500, on her bank card.
Being the hustler he is, Paul makes sure there isn't more where that came from.
So much smaller than that other pile, isn't it?
At the end of the day, everybody says the same thing -
that they should've put all their money in. If you want to put more in,
it'll take about an hour.
Well, you know, we don't take it by pounds but...
The well is truly dry.
Time for Gareth to take possession of the cash and card.
But this is the first time the mark will come face to face with him.
If he gets recognised, it's game over.
-Can you process these for me right away?
-Try to get them in before the coffee features come in, please.
-And take 500 off of that card, as well.
-He'll hold on to the card until after trading but that's fine.
-Shouldn't take long.
Gareth makes a quick exit, taking the investments away with him.
We just sit and wait now. So, you're looking at a nice big...
It should go haywire after the announcement.
Now, they just need to sit back
and watch the traders work their magic on the CCTV feed.
Everybody, sell, sell, sell. Everybody, sell like crazy!
But what are the hustlers playing at?
The mark's going nowhere until she gets her £2,000 return.
Gareth's back from the trading floor.
And he's got some very bad news.
-We need to go now.
-Let me deal with it. I'll just be a few minutes.
Something's wrong and Paul goes to sort it out.
You know, it is very exciting...
Are you lost?
-Fraud Investigation Department! Everyone put their handsets down!
Panic breaks out on the trading floor.
-Oh, no, this is... This is really not good.
-This is really bad.
-Who are they?
-Susie... Everyone needs to get out.
-Hang on. No!
-Everyone needs to be out.
-Who are they?
-Is that a fire drill?
The girls watch the CCTV feed in complete shock.
Everyone is being arrested.
And this whole operation is clearly not legit.
Get your stuff. Quick. Come on, we've got to go.
Just get your stuff and go. Come on. It's inside trading.
It's illegal. There are people in there.
You'll get arrested if you stay. Come on!
I've just given them my money.
I know. But, sweetheart, you'll end up in prison
-if you don't come now.
-We don't want to be interviewed by these guys.
The shell-shocked girls silently follow Jess,
doing exactly what they're told.
Hurry up - quick!
This whole scenario has been created for one purpose -
to make them scared of being arrested
and get them as far away from the office as possible.
If you stay here, you're going to get arrested.
-This is called inside trading. You're using non-public information to gain...
-I am going to kill him.
They've got no choice but to abandon the money and the credit card.
If they want to avoid getting caught up in the fraud investigation,
they've got to get out.
-What I'd suggest...
-Just go. You can just go. Go.
The girls run off,
shell-shocked and wondering what on earth just happened.
We have no idea where anyone's gone, or where our money is, or...anything.
I just saw it as a way of, you know,
as a way of me getting myself started and saving.
Everyone said it was a really good idea.
I thought it would be. I feel like such an idiot.
So what really did happen?
-Buy gold, buy gold!
No surprises - it wasn't a real futures trading company.
That market data was really just a looping graphic sequence created for the scam.
-Every four minutes, look, if you watch here, it goes up.
And those fraud investigators were actually Alex, Jazz and Polly.
Right, people, well done. That was good.
Of course, Alex and Polly were also in the investors' lounge when it all kicked off.
And that's because the CCTV feed wasn't live.
Gareth switched on a pre-recorded DVD
whilst the girls were distracted.
Fraud Investigation Department! Everyone put your handsets down!
And as soon as the coast was clear,
the hustlers ran the whole scam all over again
with their next unfortunate mark.
-Fraud Investigation Department! Everyone put your handsets down!
Everyone get out quick. Just get out now.
-Please, otherwise you're all going to get arrested.
-Yes, just get out.
That was... dreadful, actually. I felt awful. And from the moment
they walked into the room, I just felt dreadful. My heart was racing.
I avoided all eye-contact with them.
And I tried to make sure they didn't see me all that much.
I'm that bad person who's taken their money away.
This whole setup is designed to make the marks believe
that they're dealing with a large-scale financial operation.
But, as we know, just because you see a few people in good suits
shouting orders down a telephone,
that doesn't mean you're dealing with a legitimate business.
This is a very elaborate scam.
This needs a lot of people to make it work and they're looking for a lot of victims.
The important thing here is to make sure you look for a properly accredited financial adviser
and don't accept advice on the hoof.
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