BlackmailSituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
A rather nasty criminal developed a seemingly foolproof way of extracting money from bereaved families. He would scan the obituary columns in order to choose the name of a wealthy man who had recently died. Then, he sent an invoice for pornographic books addressed to the man and claimed payment for goods previously dispatched. To avoid any scandal the family would eventually pay. How was he eventually caught?
AnswerThe crook sent an invoice to a blind man who had recently died. His wife knew it must be a con and called the cops.
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