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New York City. Two Dutch guys, Gen and Dominic, sell me a pair of speakers out of the back of an Enterprise rent-a-van.

I was walking back from the post office when they pulled up in a hurry, desperate to get rid of a few sets of speakers before heading back to Maryland.

I talked to them for a few minutes, suggesting a few stores on Canal Street that would probably buy the speakers, but they seemed so desperate that I finally paid a couple hundred bucks for a pair of speakers.

When I got home I checked the Internet, and realized I was the newest victim of the “White Van Speaker Scam,” a.k.a. “Speakers for Suckers.&#8221

Ironically, I’d just been reading an article about alpha and omega persuasion strategies the night before, so I was looking for the scam the whole time, but just didn't see it. They had invoice slips, receipts, and a glossy catalog; as a scam, it was a damn good one.

No long-term damage. I actually think it’s funny, and I learned a lot. The speakers look impressive and work just fine ... the only problem is that I have to look at them every day.