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con artist


He was swindled by a con artist.
  someone who tricks another for financial gain
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The term "con" is short for "confidence" because the con artist exploits misplaced the victim’s misplaced confidence — generally confidence in the con artist
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  • He was swindled by a con artist.
  • He believed the arena of criminal defense was reserved for con artists and grandstanders.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • What a con artist.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • We pulled in a white boy from New York, a good con artist, and had him open an office in Tulsa.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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  • The men on the Corner were southern working men: plumbers, carpenters, painters, drunks, con artists, retired army lifers from nearby Fort Knox, tobacco workers for Brown and Williamson, and some just plain oT hustlers.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • In various court documents, judges described Cofield as a "con artist,"
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • They are the ultimate con artists; no matter how much sympathy you feel for them, you have to remind yourself that they will take whatever they can get, because they have nothing.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He walked by the games of chance, run by con artists.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Gale does not like hearing about nonbelievers and con artists.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • "—a con artist," Clarise continued, now leaning forward from the sofa to straighten the silk flowers in an arrangement on the coffee table.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor

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  • At this point the founding figure enters the scene: Hernando Joaquin de Tristero y Calavera, perhaps a madman, perhaps an honest rebel, according to some only a con artist.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • If Salander had come in with her hair smoothed down and wearing a twin-set and pearls and sensible shoes, she would have came across as a con artist trying to sell a story to the court.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • "Then she’s a con artist without equal."
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • He told her that Cofield was a con artist, and had her sign a document forbidding Cofield access to her family’s records.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I couldn’t have imagined it then, but that phone call would mark the beginning of a decade long adventure through scientific laboratories, hospitals, and mental institutions, with a cast of characters that would include Nobel laureates, grocery store clerks, convicted felons, and a professional con artist.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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