The Con Men

The Con Men Author Terry Williams
ISBN-10 9780231540490
Year 2015-11-10
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Columbia University Press
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Selling bootleg goods, playing the numbers, squatting rent-free, scamming tourists with bogus stories, selling knockoffs on Canal Street, and crafting Ponzi schemes—this vivid account of hustling in New York City explores the sociological reasons why con artists play the game, and the psychological dynamics they exploit to win it. Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton, two prominent sociologists and ethnographers, spent years with New York con artists to uncover their secrets. The result is an unprecedented view into how con games operate, whether in back alleys and side streets or in police precincts and Wall Street boiler rooms. This book is not only an absorbing read but also a sophisticated study of how con artists use verbal persuasion, physical misdirection, and sheer charm to convince others to do what they want. Williams and Milton examine how street hustling is an act of performance art and find meaning in the methods con artists use to exact bounty from unsuspecting tourists and ordinary New Yorkers alike. They explore the personal experiences and influences that create a successful hustler, building a portrait of unusual emotional and psychological depth. Their work offers a new take on structure and opportunity, showing how the unique urban and social architecture of New York City lends itself to the perfect con.

The Con Men

The Con Men Author Leo Gough
ISBN-10 9780273751786
Year 2013-08-27
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Pearson UK
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Financial fraud, whether large or small is a persistent feature of the financial markets. If you scratch the surface of the investment world you’ll find a continuous stream of major financial scandals which are almost unbelievable in the sheer scale of their subterfuge. The Con Men shines a spotlight on some of these gargantuan frauds from the last 25 years. It questions how these men did it, why they did it, how there were able to get away with it, proposes strategies and tactics so that the reader can avoid being swindled.

Hustlers and Con Men

Hustlers and Con Men Author Jay Robert Nash
ISBN-10 9781590775271
Year 1976-04-19
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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Jay Robert Nash takes you into the real and fascinating world of the criminal elite—the con man. Hustlers and Con Men is an entertaining look at the boldest, most sophisticated, most wildly imaginative criminals of the past 200 years, including the Gondorf brothers, Lou Blonger, Charles Ponzi, Madam Zingara, "Paper Collar Joe" Kratalsky, and hundreds of others. Here, too, are their extraordinary schemes: the mail-order flim-flam, the lonely hearts racket, the gold brick con, the inherited billions bilk, the "spirits" game, the once-in-a -lifetime business opportunity, the Peter-to-Paul scam, and a whole bag of other tricks you've probably never heard of. Another intriguing cornucopia of crime from Jay Robert Nash!

The Con Man

The Con Man Author Ed McBain
ISBN-10 0752857940
Year 1960
Pages 201
Language en
Publisher
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A trickster taking money from an old woman for his own private charity. A cheater fleecing the businessmen of their thousands with the oldest gimmick in town. A lady-killer after the ladies' dollars with just a little bit of love... The guys of the 87th Precinct thought they knew every trick in the book - so why are there bodies still washing up on the shore? The Con Man: handsome, charming - and deadly.

Con Men

Con Men Author 60 Minutes
ISBN-10 9781416593195
Year 2007-11-01
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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60 Minutes brings its award-winning journalistic skills and unmistakable broadcast style to the page, delving into its archives to present stories on one of the program's most popular subjects: the con man. Con Men exposes a truly eclectic group of swindlers and rogues: the extraordinary characters of ABSCAM, pyramid-scheme millionaires and stock-market crooks, snake-oil salesmen and art forgers. Many of them are diabolical -- all of them are intriguing. Here 60 Minutes captures each one in vivid detail: self-proclaimed con man Kirby Hensley, the illiterate purveyor of church ministries to millions via mail-order; Clifford Irving, who fabricated Howard Hughes's "autobiography" for hundreds of thousands of dollars; the Reverend R. J. Rudd, whose bogus spa treatments promised a cure for cancer; Sante and Kenneth Kimes, the notorious mother and son grifters convicted of murdering wealthy Manhattanite Irene Silverman; and John Ackah Blay-Miezah, who, in one of the simplest yet most extravagant cons of all, claimed to hold the key to a fortune of billions and convinced others to put up millions so that the fund could be "unlocked." These and many other colorful stories translate perfectly to the page, brought to life by the trademark bite and humor of 60 Minutes. Featuring an introduction by Mike Wallace, with insights into the evolution of the show's coverage of cons, and intriguing updates on the outcome of each of the stories, Con Men delivers the intelligent reporting and insightful wit that has made 60 Minutes the most successful broadcast in television history. 60 Minutes is the only television broadcast to be the most-watched show in America in three separate decades. Since its debut in 1968, the critically celebrated program has won seventy-three Emmy Awards -- the most for any news program -- as well as nine Peabody Awards for exceptional television broadcasting. According to Nielsen, an average of nearly fifteen million viewers tuned in to the show Sunday evenings during the 2001-2002 season, not to mention the millions who watch it overseas and listen on simulcast radio.

The Last of the Con Men

The Last of the Con Men Author Earl Thompson
ISBN-10 0595155286
Year 2000-12-01
Pages 244
Language en
Publisher Writers Club Press
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Robbie Robertson was a ruthless ex-soldier from Los Angeles. He had become the leader of a gang of bank robbers. He however, had never taken part in anyone of the robberies, even though he took most of the loot for himself. The rest of the gang had had enough of him and decided they were taking off to Jamaica without his knowledge after one final heist in which a security guard was killed. Robbie was angry when he had found out what had happened and vowed to find them if it took every cent he had. He found out where they were and he went there and employed the services of two of Jamaica's most notorious criminals and together, they eliminated his cronies one by one. But Robbie didn't stop there, he went about wiping out all of the witnesses who could identify him if he was caught, including the two notorious gunmen whom he had employed. But he had made one mistake, or rather two, when he left cigarettes butts on two crime scenes, butts that were unknown in Jamaica and which were noticed by one of Jamaica's finest detectives, John Williams.

The Con Man s Daughter

The Con Man s Daughter Author Candice Curry
ISBN-10 9781493409297
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Baker Books
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When Candice Curry was a little girl, she put her hand in her father's back pocket so that she wouldn't get lost in large crowds. Little did she know that as she followed him, he was plying his trade: conning people. Her family drove stolen cars, lived in stolen houses, and shopped with stolen credit cards. Drug use was regular, as were visits from strange people who were trying to track her father down. Though she eventually cut ties with her father, Candice could not ignore the scars that were left from her childhood. This is her story, one steeped in secrets but one that, ultimately, led her to a place of forgiveness and freedom. As she struggles to understand her criminal father, as well as her own imperfect life, Candice comes to realize that we are not defined by our circumstances but rather by how we react to those circumstances. She's found peace in the knowledge that God doesn't love us because we're perfect--but because he is.

The Confidence Game

The Confidence Game Author Maria Konnikova
ISBN-10 9780698170995
Year 2016-01-12
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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"It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime.” —Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White City Think you can’t get conned? Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you. “[An] excellent study of Con Artists, stories & the human need to believe” –Neil Gaiman, via Twitter A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book. From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us. From the Hardcover edition.

Provenance

Provenance Author Laney Salisbury
ISBN-10 9781101105009
Year 2009-07-09
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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A tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries-many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history. Investigative reporters Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo brilliantly recount the tale of a great con man and unforgettable villain, John Drewe, and his sometimes unwitting accomplices. Chief among those was the struggling artist John Myatt, a vulnerable single father who was manipulated by Drewe into becoming a prolific art forger. Once Myatt had painted the pieces, the real fraud began. Drewe managed to infiltrate the archives of the upper echelons of the British art world in order to fake the provenance of Myatt's forged pieces, hoping to irrevocably legitimize the fakes while effectively rewriting art history. The story stretches from London to Paris to New York, from tony Manhattan art galleries to the esteemed Giacometti and Dubuffet associations, to the archives at the Tate Gallery. This enormous swindle resulted in the introduction of at least two hundred forged paintings, some of them breathtakingly good and most of them selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of these fakes are still out in the world, considered genuine and hung prominently in private houses, large galleries, and prestigious museums. And the sacred archives, undermined by John Drewe, remain tainted to this day. Provenance reads like a well-plotted thriller, filled with unforgettable characters and told at a breakneck pace. But this is most certainly not fiction; Provenance is the meticulously researched and captivating account of one of the greatest cons in the history of art forgery.

The Con Man s Daughter

The Con Man s Daughter Author Ed Dee
ISBN-10 9780446509626
Year 2007-09-03
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Ex NYPD detective Eddie Dunne must search his own past for clues when his 35-year-old daughter Kate is kidnapped from her suburban New York home.

God Men Con Men

God Men Con Men Author Robert Carr
ISBN-10 8187967587
Year 2003-01-01
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher Smriti Books
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Features the story of a 'lonely' American who has always lived on the edge. The author rewinds and replays the emotional memories of his life-long struggle to find out the meaning and mystery of life.

Con Men and Cutpurses

Con Men and Cutpurses Author Lucy Moore
ISBN-10 9780141906034
Year 2004-04-29
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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An enthralling anthology of 18th-century writings that gives a fascinating insight into the dreadful misdeeds of - and the horrible punishments meeted out to - an array of rogues and criminals, from murderers and swindlers to prostitutes and pirates. Captured in memoirs, letters, ballads and court transcripts are some of the most colourful villains ever to take their last gasp at the hangman's noose, including daring thief Jack Sheppherd, highwayman Dick Turpin and ingenious pickpocket Jenny Diver. Taking us from the backstreets and brothels to Newgate prison and the gallows at Tyburn, this anthology reveals London's murky underworld in all its squalor and exuberance.

The Modern Con Man

The Modern Con Man Author Todd Robbins
ISBN-10 1596918969
Year 2008-12-08
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Whether it's winning $50 on a bar bet, scoring seats closer to the fifty-yard line, or finagling a free meal, The Modern Con Man ensures that aspiring low-risk grifters will always come out on top. Filled with humorous facts and tables, a glossary of con terms, illustrations, the history of the con, and easy-to-follow swindles, this is the perfect gift for the hidden flim-flam artist in your life.

419 Scam

419 Scam Author Charles Tive
ISBN-10 0595413862
Year 2006
Pages 158
Language en
Publisher iUniverse
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The "419" scam is a well organized transnational financial crime emanating from Nigeria but affecting victims from different countries of the world. It is estimated that the Nigerian con man has successfully swindled billions of U.S Dollars from USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa from 1985 to date. This book provides all you need to know about the scam, to save you, your family and friends from becoming victims. "Tive's insight of the perpetrators behind the advance fee fraud coupled with his knowledge on the topic show that he is a true authority on the subject."-Ralph A. Gonzales, Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Secret Service "This book by Charles Tive is an excellent portrayal of the 419 scam, its operators, and its basic operations."-Gary M. Gibson, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Consulate Lagos. " is a scholarly but readable summary of the history of and methods used by Nigerian scam / 419 operations."-The 419 Coalition, USA.