Factual entertainment series about scams and cons. A team of hustlers try out some notorious scams on members of the public, filmed with hidden cameras and intercut with actual interviews from fraud protection experts, police and scam victims. Talking heads provide advice on how to avoid being scammed and police contributors talk about how damaging fraud can be to both businesses and individuals. Scams include Three Disc Monte, Jewellery Shop, and Proposition Bar Bets.
The participants featured in The Real Hustle have either been set up by their family and friends or believe that they are participating in another television programme. After they have been hustled for real any monies or property taken during the hustle are returned to them and their consent for the item to be broadcast is obtained so that viewers can avoid being ripped off by the same scam.