Even though the first formally recorded “confidence trick” was uniquely American in its origins, throughout history, there have always been fraudsters ready to part people from their money with smooth talking and tall tales. From the follow the fake News of the ancient world, the frauds and hoaxes, swindles and schemes.
Discover the history of deceptions as told by the authors in their unique, tongue in cheek style. From the ancient egyptians to the modern era, take a romp throughout 4000 years of human history and discover the tricks and schemes that were perfected by colourful characters throughout the ages.
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
It served as the source for the Oscar-winning film The Sting. The big con is a treasure trove of american lingo the write, ropers, shills, the convincer, Barney the Patch, the cold poke, Limehouse Chappie, the Seldom Seen Kid, the rag, to put on the send and indelible characters Yellow Kid Weil, the payoff, Larry the Lug.
Cheated—of thousands upon thousands of dollars. The classic 1940 study of con men and con games that luc Sante in Salon called “a bonanza of wild but credible stories, told concisely with deadpan humor, as sly and rich in atmosphere as anything this side of Mark Twain. Of all the grifters, a proposition he definitely proved in The Big Con, the confidence man is the aristocrat, well-researched, ” wrote David Maurer, one of the most colorful, and entertaining works of criminology ever written.
A professor of linguistics who specialized in underworld argot, who let him in on not simply their language but their folkways and the astonishingly complex and elaborate schemes whereby unsuspecting marks, hooked by their own greed and dishonesty, Maurer won the trust of hundreds of swindlers, were “taken off” – i.
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The Art of the Con: How to Think Like a Real Hustler and Avoid Being Scammed
Paul wilson is a con-man who works for the other side – our side. 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, and – most importantly - how to recognize one, 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, protect yourself and your loved ones, and avoid becoming just another sucker.
A sucker is still born every minute. Anchor Books. In this modern and interconnected world, take from us, con-men are lurking everywhere – it’s never been easier for them to dupe 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 to spot them, how they work, and how to protect yourself from being the victim of one.
R. 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.
How to Cheat at Everything
Gambling is more popular than ever, with multi-million dollar poker tournaments on television, gambling themed movies like Rounders gaining in popularity, and casinos opening in just about every state of the U. S. Thunder s Mouth Press. If you think that you can't be conned; then you are already halfway to being so! There is no preaching here, just a fun ripping ride through a world so few know about.
Anchor Books. This inside information comes from Lovell's lifetime of experience in the field, along with additional information from both sides of the law. How to cheat at everything is a roller-coaster ride through bar bets, Internet fraud, big and small cons, carnivals, street hustles, card and dice games and more.
You'll even find the exact frauds that the NYPD regard as the most common and dangerous today, and learn top tips on how to avoid each one. You'll meet wild, eccentric and larcenous characters and you'll learn how they work their money-making deeds, all without having to risk a penny of your own money. Not just a "here's how the con works" book; this guides you through the set up, the talk, everything about the con, the sell, and how you can be suckered into one.
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time
Anchor Books. 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, the Jim Bakkers, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. 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.
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. Thunder s Mouth Press. 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 CityThink you can’t get conned? Think again. 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.
Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today's Rip-off Artists
Anchor Books. Thunder s Mouth Press. Or you've been a victim of identity theft. Perhaps someone has stolen your credit card number. In scam me if you can, hackers, he reveals the latest tricks that today's scammers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information--often online and over the phone.
Are you at risk of being scammed? former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale shows you how to stop scammers in their tracks. Maybe you're wondering how to make the scam phone calls stop. Penguin Books. Even if you haven't yet been the target of a crime, con artists are always out there, waiting for the right moment to steal your information, your money, and your life.
As one of the world's most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, and cyber security, forgery, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. Using plain language and vivid examples, abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including: • the best way to protect your phone from being hacked • The only time you should ever use a debit card • The one type of photo you should never post on social media • The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport • The safest way to use an ATM With his simple but counterintuitive rules, Abagnale also makes use of his insider intel to paint a picture of cybercrimes that haven't become widespread yet.
Licensed to Lie
This true legal thriller debunks everything the media and the government told us about the Department of Justice’s destruction and prosecution of the venerable accounting firm Arthur Andersen, Alaska Senator Ted Steven’s, Merrill Lynch executives who did one business transaction with Enron, and more.
The common thread through it all is a cabal of narcissistic federal prosecutors who broke all the rules and rose to great power. Still in the news today―robert mueller s “pitbull" Andrew Weissmann and other members of Obama's inner circle―are wreaking havoc on our Republic. Penguin Books. Thunder s Mouth Press.
. This is the book that began exposing “the Deep State. Anchor Books.