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A spiralling scam

Cranes in the water

27/11/2013 10:55 | Comments: 

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Who can Photoshop more trucks into the water?

A car falls into the sea. The crane coming to its rescue tips and falls into the water, too. But then, supposedly, comes an even bigger truck carrying an even bigger boom and dumps into the water as well. The last picture of the series shows a total of THREE trucks floating on water. Unbelievable? It’s no coincidence.

The beginning of the story, i.e. a crane falling into the water is shocking enough, but somebody somewhere felt the need to take it further. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop the number of trailers floating on water quickly multiplied threefold. It’s pretty obvious that the same photo was used to create the illusion, just look at the details: the group of people standing in the foreground is the exact copy of a group in a previous picture, and even the people seen in the right-hand corner of the last but one photograph are standing in the exact same position as the ones seen in the 5th and 6th picture.

But that isn’t why I called the story a spiralling scam. These pictures first went viral on the internet some 5 years ago and although many people believed what they saw, others were quick to point out that they were PS fakes. A few days ago, however, the picture series rose from its ashes. It made it to several sites and is currently circulating on Facebook. A French site has even given it the title “Meanwhile in Russia” – now, is it possible the French have no idea that the Russians write in Cyrillic and there are relatively few Irish fishing villages in the area of the ex-Soviet Union?

While even the author admits it’s a fake, the first intervention is almost believable. According to the article, the case originally happened 10 years ago, in October 2004. The picture series somehow resurfaces every 4-5 years with more and more trucks in the water.

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