Card-game scammers busted in Ohio

| 11/13/2001

Four Cincinnati-area men arrested last week at an Ohio truckstop are charged with taking part in a card game scam often used to victimize truckers.

The men were arrested by state troopers at the Interstate 71 truckstop in Turtlecreek Township in Warren County. All four are charged with gambling, a misdemeanor, according to the Dayton Daily News. They are free on $1,000 bail.

Troopers, tipped off about the game of three-card monte, spotted the men standing with cards at their feet in the parking lot. The cards and $1,500 were seized, according to reports.

These guys are likely old pros at scamming truckers. In 1995, the Ohio Highway Patrol issued an advisory warning that groups of con artists were traveling throughout the Midwest, bilking truckers and other motorists stopped at truckstops. Typically, three con artists begin the game and lure in a fourth player. Players are expected to pick designated cards, although the con artists eventually remove them while shuffling.