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A person who cheats or tricks others by persuading them to believe something that is not true:‘the debonair con artist lives by scamming rich women’[count noun] ‘con artists are great at spotting our vulnerabilities’
- ‘Increasingly con artists are turning their attention to electronic means of securing our personal details, often using old-fashioned tricks of persuasion.’
- ‘They hide out along the river, are almost killed by robbers on a wrecked boat, and meet two con artists who call themselves the King and the Duke.’
- ‘I get more confessions from con artists than from any other kind of criminal.’
- ‘The agency also has been accused of funding con artists and companies linked to the Mob.’
- ‘They were simply conned by the biggest con artist New Zealand has known for decades.’
- ‘George says he knows a con artist when he sees one.’
- ‘The growth of online shopping has created a wealth of opportunities for con artists.’
- ‘Some con artists use names that sound like those of well-known charities in an effort to confuse potential donors.’
- ‘Knowing how these scams work can help you avoid getting ensnared in a con artist's trap.’
- ‘In Paris, Candide falls ill and loses money to various con artists.’
- ‘Tax preparers who claim they can wipe out your tax bill by exploiting hidden tax loopholes are usually con artists.’
- ‘Con artists are a fruitful subject for movies and yet seldom come through with the goods.’
- ‘Some con artists have used this tactic to get financial information from students.’
- ‘With a history of con artists using small companies as a base to defraud the public, anything that smacks of looser controls makes regulators squeamish.’
- ‘A lot of the con artists I've arrested are unbelievably charming.’
- ‘Travelers, long beleaguered by pickpockets and con artists, are increasingly targeted by identity thieves.’
- ‘Street-level con artists know that what they're doing is a crime.’
- ‘The truth is, con artists prefer intelligent people.’
- ‘Good con artists invest a lot of time figuring out which kinds of people are most vulnerable to which kinds of scams.’
- ‘The con artists are careful not to get ripped off themselves, and no transaction takes place without first checking the validity of the numbers.’
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