From Ponzi schemes and ‘419’ frauds, to duff Italian suits and ‘bulletproof’ powers, the Middle East is no stranger to the (often bizarre) arts of the conman.
February 27, 2010 11:03 by kippreport
One of the most bizarre scams in the Middle East involved a piece of onyx stone, a sheep, and bulletproof powers.
According to a 2008 report in 7DAYS, a conman tried to sell a piece of onyx, which he claimed made the wearer bulletproof, for $500 million. “The 52-year-old Yemeni had advertised the “magic stone” in an Arabic newspaper, telling of its unique bulletproof properties. He claimed he had put the onyx on sheep as a test and the stone’s superpowers had allowed the animals to live,” said the newspaper.
“In a lively court case, the guilty man’s lawyer asked the judge to allow a test to be carried out, where the defendant would have worn the onyx and been shot at to test its powers. The judge refused. The Yemeni will be deported after serving his sentence.”
To Kipp’s knowledge, the man never got the chance to prove his claims.