If you're anything like Chinese con man "Inspector Lei," you've been thinking about redecorating your entire apartment to look like a police station, complete with forged documents, uniforms, a surveillance camera, a GPS tracking device, and an interrogation room. But before you dive headlong into such a big project, there are a few pitfalls you need to avoid.
1. Use neutral colors: You don't want your phony police station to be too flashy. As much as you might be tempted to paint an accent wall, the more boring, the better.
2. Use what you have: So what if your apartment is located in apartment building, and not a police station? Apparently, that doesn't even matter. Maybe police stations are less formal in China than they are here? Just go with it and hope it works out.
3. Make a budget: There's no point in developing an elaborate confidence scheme if you're going to spend more building the police station than you're going to make selling falsified Public Security Bureau documents and warrants. Hit up Craigslist or live auctions to find that perfect beat-up, crappy old desk from the '80s.
4. Arrange furniture authentically: The desk should go in the middle of the room. The chair should go behind the desk. Boom, police station.
5. Buy a bust of Mao Zedong and a Chinese flag: It worked for Inspector Lei.
6. Think outside the box: This type of list would not be complete if we didn't remind you to think outside the box. Do it!
7. Tell your roommate what you're doing: You can try to hide it, but eventually your roommate is going to catch on that you've turned the apartment into a fake police station. Offer him 10 percent of the profits if he keeps his mouth shut.
8. Don't tell your girlfriend that if she breaks up with you, you will post a video of the two of having sex onto the internet, causing her to go the cops, causing them to raid you: Would have thought this one was self evident, but oh well.
· Chinese man builds fake police station in flat and poses as cop in elaborate con [The Guardian]