Beware the “Stranded Buddy” Scammers

I got a call from a close friend last week. He was in Vegas and he was in trouble.

This wasn’t entirely out of character for him, but the way he contacted me certainly was. He had a legal rep call me and it kept getting weirder from there.

Look, gambling is fine. I’ve bought a dozen lottery tickets in my 23 years since I turned 18, and I’ve spent more hours at slot machines than I can recall.

Mind you, I’m a clever gambler, so my lifetime losses are right around $10-20 spanning every game in every state and every country. That’s one smart way to gamble.

The easiest way to lose money is at the tribal casinos, where the odds are damn near impossible to find and that’s mostly because they’re stacked against you in ways you’d never accept.

Then there’s online casinos, which are a mixed bag. Some are pretty stand-up, but you have to do your research.

And of course you’ve got the big time Las Vegas guys, which are, personally, my favorite. Not because you’re more likely to win, but because you get free drinks, so if you gamble slow enough, you’ll be more likely to come out ahead.

So my buddy, who was trying to reach me, wasn’t actually in Vegas. While this scammer was calling me trying to get me to send him money to get out of trouble, I texted him and found he was actually at home, in no trouble, and had had problems with people trying to use him as a fraud avenue for weeks.

So yes, you can make casino real money in one way or another, and no, my friendly scammer didn’t get a penny out of me.

What was I talking about again?

Author: Dexter Sinistri

Dexter Sinistri is a famously centrist writer who has worked as a Hollywood correspondent for a number of leading publications since 2005. Though once a photographer, Mr. Sinistri struck out as a writer on all things celebrity, and he likes to consider himself a tremendous asset to Glossy News, though by most accounts, he has fallen somewhat short of this effort.