Rogues Unlimited

After hearing an ad calling inventors to action and a toll-free number (something like 1-800-GET-RICH), in the spirit of investigative reporting, I decided to give the invention marketing company a call. I told the voice on the other end of the line that my idea was for a way to keep individual strands of spaghetti fresh. My invention was a clear plastic tube capped off at both ends. “No pasta lover will be able live without it,” I bragged.
“Terrific. Lots of potential,” I was assured in a voice reminiscent of a carnival barker. All I had to do was pay $400 for an initial assessment. As he explained it, my investment gradually increased into the many thousands of dollars if I bought into various stages of the company’s patenting ...

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