We loved the story about the Columbia students who were scammed because we love cons and, hey, we've all been there. The New Yorker tackles the con this week and asks Low Life author Luc Sante for his thoughts. Sante explains that the scam the students fell for (man claims bottle of his pregnant wife's vitamins is broken, makes them pay) is like "the Wallet Drop" and likens the Columbia students to the 19th century visiting farmers who were very gullible. One student's mom, after reading that her son was scammed in the Columbia Spectator, was especially amused: She text messaged him, “You got ho’ed!” Awwww...

Sante mentions this awesome book from 1928 we must have: It's called Broadway Racketeers, which discusses scams like “the Iron Hat, the Puff Racket, the Tat, the Silver Fox Fur—and its variant, the Cat-and-Rat Farm.” Alibris - here we come! And check out the comments in our post about the Columbia scam - it's useful to know what other scams are being done around town and the country.