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1st Sep '15 2:25:58 PM ANTMuddle
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what they want--that is, to pull off TheCon. Con artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim--maybe their dog is lost, or their car is being towed, or their mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and nave (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role.
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what they want--that is, to pull off TheCon. Con artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim--maybe their dog is lost, or their car is being towed, or their mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and nave (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, the CaperCrew may come into play: large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role.
7th Jun '15 8:38:33 PM johnnyfog
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* HonestJohnsDealership
1st Apr '15 3:26:14 PM CyberTiger88
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* LandmarkSale
14th Mar '15 3:15:17 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* TheBarnum
28th Feb '15 1:08:29 PM veronicamarx
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what he wants--that is, to pull off TheCon. Con artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim--maybe his dog is lost, or his car is being towed, or his mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and nave (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role. Hollywood tends to treat Con Men as being one of two extremes. In shows where the Con Man is the star, he is a suave, sophisticated LoveableRogue, who confines his schemes to cheating the rich and the unlikable. The CopShow, however, tends to show a darker side. When a Con Man is an antagonist, they tend to target the vulnerable and sympathetic, such as the elderly, widows, and desperate poor people.
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what he wants--that they want--that is, to pull off TheCon. Con artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim--maybe his their dog is lost, or his their car is being towed, or his their mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and nave (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role. Hollywood tends to treat Con Men as being one of two extremes. In shows where the Con Man is the star, he is they are a suave, sophisticated LoveableRogue, who confines his confine their schemes to cheating the rich and the unlikable. The CopShow, however, tends to show a darker side. When a Con Man is an antagonist, they tend to target the vulnerable and sympathetic, such as the elderly, widows, and desperate poor people.
24th Dec '14 3:54:11 PM rjung
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* MockMillionaire
7th Nov '14 6:21:40 PM Mr.Bubbles
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26th Jul '14 8:18:23 AM crazysamaritan
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* FraudsAndFoolies
16th Jul '14 1:38:20 AM 102372
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what he wants, that is, to pull off TheCon. Con-artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim maybe his dog is lost, or his car is being towed, or his mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con-artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and naive (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role. Hollywood tends to treat Con Men as being one of two extremes. In shows where the Con Man is the star, he is a suave, sophisticated LoveableRogue, who confines his schemes to cheating the rich and the unlikable. The CopShow, however, tends to show a darker side. When a Con Man features as an antagonist, they tend to target the vulnerable and sympathetic, such as the elderly, widows, and desperate poor people.
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The Con Man (also known as a grifter, matchstick man, scam artist or con artist) attempts to gain the confidence of naive people and part them from their money, or at least play them for a fool long enough to get what he wants, that wants--that is, to pull off TheCon. Con-artists Con artists often spin a 'sob story' to hook the victim maybe victim--maybe his dog is lost, or his car is being towed, or his mother may even be in the hospital. After that, it's all Social Engineering; a truly gifted con-artist con artist can get away with almost anything, simply by virtue of appearing sincere and naive nave (usually slightly moreso than the victim, on the theory that sympathy almost always gets you something). For complicated cons, large teams might be involved, with each member of the team playing a distinct role. Hollywood tends to treat Con Men as being one of two extremes. In shows where the Con Man is the star, he is a suave, sophisticated LoveableRogue, who confines his schemes to cheating the rich and the unlikable. The CopShow, however, tends to show a darker side. When a Con Man features as is an antagonist, they tend to target the vulnerable and sympathetic, such as the elderly, widows, and desperate poor people.

!!{{Sub Trope}}s: Specific types or roles for the Con Man
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!!{{Sub Trope}}s: Specific types or roles of/roles for the Con Man Man:

* AmbulanceChaser / AmoralAttorney (one that is a lawyer or pretending to be one)
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* AmbulanceChaser / AmoralAttorney AmbulanceChaser[=/=]AmoralAttorney (one that is a lawyer or pretending to be one)
1st Apr '14 9:08:02 AM Jeduthun
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