I've seen people beg for money, lie, and make outrageous claims of things like HIV infection before and get away with it. On internet forums. And not for very long.
Apparently you can take this act big-time if you're a couple of aging hipsters who want to get into the "music world" and meet famous people.
These people should be given scrofula and then sent to live in Pahrump, NV in a trailer for life.