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.

The Modern Con Man

The Modern Con Man Author Todd Robbins
ISBN-10 9781596914537
Year 2008-04-01
Pages 227
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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A hilarious and endlessly entertaining collection of safe, fun and legal cons - from bar bets to card games, to chicanery in the workplace - for the natural born prankster.

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.

How to Cheat at Everything

How to Cheat at Everything Author Simon Lovell
ISBN-10 1560259736
Year 2006-12-11
Pages 419
Language en
Publisher Running PressBook Pub
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Lowell, a former con man, reveals the secrets of cheating, scams, and hustles in this roller-coaster ride through bar bets, carnivals, Internet fraud, big and small cons, card and dice games, and more.

How To Become A Professional Con Artist

How To Become A Professional Con Artist Author Dennis M. Marlock
ISBN-10 1581602693
Year 2001-09-01
Pages 152
Language en
Publisher Paladin Press
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A fool and his money are soon parted, so the saying goes. And if the job is done right, the fool doesn't even realize it's happened until the wily con artist has moved on to the next victim or the next town. In this entertaining and eye-opening book, Dennis M. Marlock, a retired cop and chairman of the board for the international law enforcement organization Professionals Against Confidence Crime, takes the reader into the mind and greedy heart of the con man. You'll learn the mechanics behind famous swindles such as the pigeon drop, the Jamaican switch, bank-examiner schemes, three-card monte and even fortune-telling. You'll find out why a good scam artist rarely gets caught and, if he does, how he gets away with the lightest punishment or no punishment at all. If you've ever read a news story about a sucker getting taken and wondered how he could have fallen for that, you need to read this book before an honest-faced stranger offers you a deal too good to pass up.

The Art of the Con

The Art of the Con Author R. Paul Wilson
ISBN-10 9781493016112
Year 2014-11-04
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
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A sucker is still born every minute. In this modern and interconnected world, con-men are lurking everywhere – it’s never been easier for them to dupe us, take from us, and infiltrate our lives. One of the world’s leading and celebrated experts on con-games takes the reader through the history of cons, how they’ve been updated to the modern age, how they work, how to spot them, and how to protect yourself from being the victim of one. R. Paul Wilson is a con-man who works for the other side – our side. He has spent a lifetime learning, performing, studying, and teaching about the ins and outs of the con world in order to open up our eyes to the dangers lurking about us – and to show us how not to get taken. Paul has never made a living as a con-man, profiting off of marks – he has used his expertise throughout his life to help people avoid cons. In this fascinating book, Paul takes the reader through the history and developments of the con game, what elements from the past are based on basic human psychology and have stood the test of time, what has been updated for the modern era and how it’s getting used in the computer age, the structure of how these cons work, and – most importantly - how to recognize one, protect yourself and your loved ones, and avoid becoming just another sucker.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

The Master Con Man

The Master Con Man Author Robert Kyriakides
ISBN-10 190048627X
Year 2003
Pages 189
Language en
Publisher Critical Vision
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The Daily Mirror regarded him as "The mastermind behind the biggest con of 2001."

Curveball

Curveball Author Bob Drogin
ISBN-10 UOM:39015074291181
Year 2007
Pages 343
Language en
Publisher Random House Incorporated
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Describes how the White House embarked on the war in Iraq based on the unsubstantiated information provided by "Curveball," a man who claimed to have been a frontline employee of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program.

A Theft

A Theft Author Hanif Kureishi
ISBN-10 9780571323203
Year 2014-11-20
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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'I was beginning to love my thief, a man I barely knew, but whom I had trusted and even liked, and who had taken my savings, amongst many other crimes.' A bravura piece of very personal reportage by Hanif Kureishi about the man who stole his life savings. Nearing sixty and needing to plan for his and his children's future, Hanif Kureishi employed an accountant from a reputable firm. When the accountant recommended investing in a property scheme, Kureishi followed his advice - only to find out that the accountant was a fraudster and his entire life savings had vanished. In this thought-provoking account of his conman, Kureishi uses this theft as a way of exploring some of the contradictions and dilemmas of our lives: the true value of money; the role of deception in art; how you can love and hate simultaneously; why the financial world seems to revolve around deceit; and what we might recover from those who have stolen from us.

The Bankrupt the Conman the Mafia and the Irish Connection

The Bankrupt  the Conman  the Mafia and the Irish Connection Author Chris Moore
ISBN-10 UOM:39015061318997
Year 2003-01-01
Pages 284
Language en
Publisher Gill & MacMillan
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Colin Lees was everybody's friend. A successful businessman in the little town of Magherafelt, County Derry, he had charm, good connections and was a winner. Until, that is, it all went wrong. debt, caused by over-ambitious expansion in previous years. Lees was in the hole for #35 million. On top of that, there was a further fraud involving a missing #23 million. Then it emerged that Lees had a second business in Scotland which was an MI6 shadow company. It had collapsed as well. passport, that is. He did not tell them about his Irish passport, with which he flew the coop and went to the United States. There he soon relieved a Texas businessman of $1 million in a scam and ruined the business of one of his father's oldest friends. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and, by the time he was finally arrested, was involved in a maze of criminal activity involving drugs shipments and money laundering for the Mafia. Colin Lees gets out of jail in 2004: the missing #23 million is waiting somewhere for him. Lees was everybody's friend. A successful businessman in the little town of Magherafelt, County Derry, he had charm, good connections and was a winner. Until, that is, it all went wrong. debt, caused by over-ambitious expansion in previous years. Lees was in the hole for #35 million. On top of that, there was a further fraud involving a missing #23 million. Then it emerged that Lees had a second business in Scotland which was an MI6 shadow company. It had collapsed as well. passport, that is. He did not tell them about his Irish passport, with which he flew the coop and went to the United States. There he soon relieved a Texas businessman of $1 million in a scam and ruined the business of one of his father's oldest friends. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and, by the time he was finally arrested, was involved in a maze of criminal activity involving drugs shipments and money laundering for the Mafia. Colin Lees gets out of jail in 2004: the missing #23 million is waiting somewhere for him.