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Gone in 600 Seconds

A team of hustlers expose the scams that cheat tourists. Alex steals a 35,000-pound hire car in under ten minutes using just a hi-vis jacket and a clipboard.


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Alex has come to this busy multi-storey car park

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to pick up a brand-new luxury car.

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And, if his plan works, that's exactly what he'll be driving out of here in just ten minutes.

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The car park he's chosen is used by tourists and the general public

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and is also a base for a major car-rental agency.

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Alex sets about looking official in his fluorescent jacket,

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but he needs to work quickly to avoid attracting unwelcome attention.

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It's just round the corner, downstairs.

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Just walk down this ramp...

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..do a U-turn.

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For the scam, Alex needs some customers to rent one of the cars.

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Could this be the opportunity he's been looking for?

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Looks like Alex could be in luck.

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It's time for Alex to put the plan in gear.

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He's going to make these girls give him their car.

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-Are you for this one?

-Yeah.

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Oh, right, OK.

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One second, cos I've just had a call from them downstairs...um...

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Within seconds, Alex is holding the keys to this £35,000 luxury car.

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I'm going to have to give you a different one. This one, there's a slight problem with a rear wheel.

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-Oh, right.

-It's not behaving properly.

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Do you have your paperwork?

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The girls already saw Alex on their way to the rental office,

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so don't question his authority.

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They hand over all their paperwork.

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Do you have your exit ticket as well?

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It matches with the car. I'll be 30 seconds. I'm going to come down here...

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I promise I'll be two seconds, yeah?

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So far, so good.

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He's got everything he needs to make his getaway.

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That one's a bit more powerful than this one, so you'll have more fun.

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Alex has got his hands on the car, but can he drive it away from right under their noses?

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He doesn't hang about,

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and makes his way out of the car park, driving straight past the rental office in the process,

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and using the genuine exit ticket for the barriers,

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which the girls kindly gave him.

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The whole operation has taken just ten minutes.

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The marks soon realise something isn't quite right.

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Eventually, they decide to ask the rental staff what's going on.

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-Hiya.

-That bloke just took our car.

-Who?

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The, er... He said there was a problem with the back wheel.

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He asked for the documents, the key and the thingy card.

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He just took it!

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Well, he said he needed...

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Oh, my...

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-When we drove past to park, he was there, wasn't he?

-Yeah.

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And then when we came to get the car, he was up there. And he was just looking at all the cars.

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It dawns on the rental agent, and the marks, that they've been the victims of a con trick,

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and that their car is gone.

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Some bloke swabbed it from us.

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He said there was a problem with the back wheel.

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He just looked like he worked here! Oh, what the hell is going on?

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Why would you give keys to someone you don't know?!

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It always amazes us how people drop their guard when they see a fluorescent jacket.

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That just makes it easy for Alex to give them instructions, take the car and the paperwork, and leave.

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Modern, expensive vehicles are actually quite difficult to steal.

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They've got sophisticated security systems and sophisticated locks.

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The best way to be able to steal them is to get the keys.

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If somebody comes up to you and says, "Give me your keys,"

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unless you're absolutely certain they are who they say they are,

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don't part with them!

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When on holiday, it doesn't get much better than relaxing in the sun with a drink in your hand...

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except if that drink is free.

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The hustlers are going to show you how to win drinks from your mates by using proposition bets.

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So, watch and learn.

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I will have a gin and tonic, please.

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When you lot go out, this is how you dress?

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-Well...

-What are you dressed for right now?

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-Just...going out.

-Yeah?

-Cazh.

-Do you always wear a tie?

-Not always, no.

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-Do you mind taking it off? Bet you don't get many girls asking you to take it off.

-Loads.

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Really?

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Thank you. I want you to take one hand at one end of the tie, the other hand on the other end.

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Without letting go, I want you to tie a knot right in the middle.

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So, in the end, it's gonna look... just like that.

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-Without letting go?

-Without letting go.

-Right.

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How many knots do you want?

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How many knots can you give me?

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-I'll be impressed if you do one, but if you can do two, go for it.

-OK.

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OK.

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Tie a knot.

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-What's that? No, a knot!

-I'm getting there!

-OK, OK.

-That's not a knot.

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OK, that's fine.

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-Can I use my teeth?

-Er, if you want.

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And, it's... It's... Ah, no, that was cheating because you grabbed another end.

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-And it didn't work anyway.

-It's not it.

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You know what? I don't think you can do it.

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OK. If I can do it, how about you buy me a drink?

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-I would love to.

-You'd love to buy me a drink...

-Yeah.

-..if I can do it?

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-You can't let go.

-Can't let go.

-All right.

-OK.

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So, I'm going to have one hand, like you did, and the other, like you did.

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-I'm not going to let go.

-Oh, I get you.

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And there is your...

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-Ah.

-Fair play.

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..knot.

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SHE LAUGHS

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-Very good.

-A gin and tonic, please.

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It's simple. Jess started with her arms crossed, and picked up each end of the tie.

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Then she uncrossed her arms to produce the knot...

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and a free drink.

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Getting a good exchange rate on your foreign currency

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makes all the difference to your holiday spending money.

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So if the rate was, say, 25 yen to one pound,

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and someone offered you 50 yen to one pound, you'd be mad not to take it...wouldn't you?

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Right next door to London Stansted is this busy airport hotel.

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With an exclusive travellers' bar, and eye-catching aerial acrobatics,

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it's the perfect setting for...

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the Currency Swindle.

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With such unusual entertainment on offer,

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it's not hard for Paul to strike up a conversation with some strangers.

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Step one...

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You seen this?

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Cool little find, this place. If you ever use the airport, this is the place to come and wait.

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I'm just going back up to Glasgow.

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Unfortunately, I'm stuck here until my friend arrives.

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Now that Paul has got two new friends, it's time for his old friends -

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businessman Alex and his girlfriend, Jess, to make their entrance.

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They're here to do a little business deal with Paul.

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-Took your time.

-Sorry, yeah. I got a flight. Good to see you.

-Hiya!

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-Hello, there.

-How are you?

-Very good.

-Good.

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Where you off to?

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-We're going to Geneva.

-Nice.

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Ah. Right.

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Pleasantries over, it's time for...

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What've we got? I got 600.

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-Oh, that's good. Yeah, OK. Cool.

-Can you get any more?

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-Because I've actually got 52,000 yen here.

-What's that?

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That's 1,000. Well, it's 2,000, but I'm...doing it for 1,000.

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The marks can't help overhearing that sums of money are being discussed.

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Alex is offering to sell Paul Japanese yen at an amazing exchange rate.

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-The exchange rate's 25.012...

-I'll do it for 50.

-Do it for 50?

-Yeah.

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If you'd told me that on the phone, I would have tried to get more.

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-Can't you get some more?

-ATM, that's all it's going to give me.

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As luck would have it, Alex is in possession of more foreign currency than Paul can afford to buy.

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If only there was someone else nearby with money in their pockets, up for making a quick yen.

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You're not travelling to Japan any time soon, are you?

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Well, look, here's the deal...

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Now, to rope the marks in, and give them...

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I've just come home from Japan, cos I work for a big investment bank.

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Believe it or not, they're still giving us a lot of money to go out and do business with.

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-If I go and change it at the exchange place, they ask for passports...

-Yeah.

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-If I leave a paper trail that I've changed that money back, I can get into trouble with my employer.

-OK.

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So, what I'm trying to do with my friend, Paul, here...

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The exchange rate at the moment is 25 yen to one pound.

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-I'm happy to do it...

-You giving us 50?

-50 for one pound, so double it up.

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It would seem like everyone's a winner here.

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Alex gets to keep some of his leftover business expenses,

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without leaving a paper trail which could get him in trouble with his boss.

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And the marks get Japanese yen at half price, which they can exchange back into pounds,

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effectively doubling their money.

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But, to make sure the marks buy in, they first need...

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-Have you got the exchange rates on that thing? Can you get them?

-Yeah.

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Just so you see I'm not messing with you.

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Paul shows the marks a currency-exchange website on his mobile phone.

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They can clearly see today's rate is 25 yen to one pound.

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-What website are you on there?

-TRH.

-Well that's up to date, yeah.

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You're making two-to-one.

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You know what? Times are hard.

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The marks want in.

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How much cash have you got on you?

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Yeah, yeah, that's fine.

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-That's 11,500. What I'll do is I'll give you ...

-Give them 12,000.

-12,000.

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Alex even rounds it up to the nearest thousand.

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The marks have got themselves a great deal.

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Who's going to hold the cash?

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Do it separately...

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They hand over £230 to a guy they've just met in a bar.

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-Right. Can we shoot?

-Yeah, we have to.

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As soon as the deal is done, Alex and Jess leave. After all, they've got a plane to catch.

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-Thank you.

-Enjoy.

-Have a good holiday.

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I'm going to change that and get my flight.

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And it's not long before Paul also says sayonara to his new friends.

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And it's about to get a whole lot worse, when she discovers what her fistful of yen is really worth.

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-4,000 yen.

-Yeah, it's a really good deal.

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They was really nice to do that, really, to be honest.

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We expect to make at least 420...

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He showed us the exchange rate on the thing, so...cool.

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-What website are you on there?

-TRH.

-Well, that's up to date, yeah.

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Of course, you shouldn't always trust what you see on the internet.

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That currency website was knocked up by the hustlers themselves.

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And 25 yen to one pound is probably the worst exchange rate in history...

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as the marks could have discovered in any current newspaper.

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Is that what the exchange rate is today?

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139.8.

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This is worth £75.

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What?!

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So the marks haven't doubled their money. In fact, they're £150 down on the deal.

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We've been mugged off.

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I can't even talk...

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Never get involved in any sort of deal that you haven't organised yourself

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and especially with people that you've never met before.

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You should always buy your foreign money either from a reputable currency exchange or a bank.

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Subtitles by Zoe Short Red Bee Media Ltd

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E-mail [email protected]

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A team of hustlers - Alexis Conran, Paul Wilson and Jessica Clement - expose the scams that cheat tourists and travellers out of their holiday money.

Alex steals a 35,000-pound hire car in under ten minutes using just a hi-vis jacket and a clipboard, and the hustlers rip off airport passengers by selling them foreign currency at a suspiciously good exchange rate.