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confidence trick

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confidence game

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a swindle involving money, goods, etc, in which the victim's trust is won by the swindler. Informal shortened forms: con trick or con game (US and Canadian)

confidence trick

- First a swindle in which the victim was persuaded to entrust money or valuables to the swindler.
See also related terms for swindle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.confidence trick - a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
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For this fool of a young man thought that she and Helen and Tibby had been playing the confidence trick on him, and that if he gave his address they would break into his rooms some midnight or other and steal his walkingstick too.
You remember how he would trust strangers, and if they fooled him he would say, 'It's better to be fooled than to be suspicious'--that the confidence trick is the work of man, but the want-of-confidence-trick is the work of the devil.
International conman Joseph Birch used his racing business at North Tawton, Devon, as cover for a series of massive confidence tricks that were described as reading like scripts from Hollywood blockbuster Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Turning verbs into nouns is a great way to play confidence tricks.
IT takes just three ingredients to create confidence tricks of monumental proportions a famous landmark, a fool gawping at it and a fraudster to dupe him.
attempting to con people into making outrageous wagers based on confidence tricks and illusion.
Petty crime, confidence tricks and muggings are increasing by the day, according to reports.
Achilleas Kallakis and Alex Williams, both 44 raked in around [pounds sterling]750m in financing from international banks using confidence tricks.
Police are now appealing for help to identify the men in the E-fits above, one of whom is wanted for a string of confidence tricks.
The work highlights the author's hacking forays into the computer systems of some of the world's most powerful corporations and showcases Mitnick's skill at social engineering, the use of confidence tricks to obtain information, as a key feature of his success.
The same basic formula for confidence tricks, pyramid schemes, ponzi schemes and multilevel marketing scams work for online fraud the same way they do offline.
Future historians will surely write about one of the biggest confidence tricks of the 21st century and truly wonder at the apathy and short-sightedness of the people that enabled government to pursue such a folly as onshore and offshore wind farms.