Smoking, porn and other vices land credit card crooks in hot water.

Written by Geoff Williams
Posted On: February 15, 2013

Now, I'm not a prude. I realize many people have vices, whether it's eating too many late night snacks, watching schlocky made-for-cable movies or drinking a little too much. But vices, as you'll see, recently landed several credit card criminals in trouble.

All that trouble for a cigarette

In Alliance, Ohio, according to WKYC-TV, a mother called the police to report that her son, John Funk, had taken her credit card without her permission.

I'm not saying he didn't have it coming, but wouldn't most mothers, if they thought that their son had taken their credit card, call their son before the cops and see if there was some sort of misunderstanding? Of course, maybe he had done this sort of thing before, and she decided it was time for some tough love. It's always fun to speculate…

A police officer was dispatched to the scene of the crime, a Marathon convenience store where Funk allegedly bought a carton of cigarettes. While the officer was in the store, investigating this crime, Funk returned to the scene of the crime and tried to make another purchase with his mother's credit card. This wasn't lost on the officer, who quickly took Funk into custody.

A sucker is porn every minute

In Cottonwood Heights, Utah, police are looking into what may be a case of extortion.

A man in his 20s was visiting a pornographic website, and as Utah's Fox 13 TV station put it, "engaging in pornographic activity" when he received an instant message.

Apparently this pornographic activity was being filmed, or at least the twentysomething guy was told that, because the message was from someone who asserted that he or she knew the young man's friends and family members and could also easily post the information on his Facebook page.

The alleged blackmailer or blackmailers said that the footage would be emailed and posted unless he gave up his credit card information to sign up for pornographic websites.

He did, until his credit card maxed out. He then apparently decided he would risk the embarrassment and try to get his money back by contacting the police.

Two vices and 25 reasons to arrest this guy

In Westport, Connecticut, Akeem Williams, 23 and no relation to this author, was caught shortly after using attempting to buy liquor with a fake credit card.

An employee at the liquor store evidently realized it was fake because he called 911 to report Williams, who had left the scene. Williams was soon caught, and it was later discovered that he (allegedly, of course) had successfully purchased liquor and cigarettes with a fake credit card.

You have to wonder what that conversation with the officer, in a CVS parking lot, was like.

One can imagine that you might be able to explain to an officer that, provided your name was on the card, you didn't know a credit card was fake and sound possibly plausible, but in this case, Williams probably found it challenging to explain why he had in his possession not just one fake credit card, but 25 of them.

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