Definition of con artist in US English:

con artist

noun

informal
  • 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’
    ‘con artists are great at spotting our vulnerabilities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Knowing how these scams work can help you avoid getting ensnared in a con artist's trap.’
    • ‘Good con artists invest a lot of time figuring out which kinds of people are most vulnerable to which kinds of scams.’
    • ‘Street-level con artists know that what they're doing is a crime.’
    • ‘The agency also has been accused of funding con artists and companies linked to the Mob.’
    • ‘Con artists are a fruitful subject for movies and yet seldom come through with the goods.’
    • ‘Travelers, long beleaguered by pickpockets and con artists, are increasingly targeted by identity thieves.’
    • ‘George says he knows a con artist when he sees one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tax preparers who claim they can wipe out your tax bill by exploiting hidden tax loopholes are usually con artists.’
    • ‘They were simply conned by the biggest con artist New Zealand has known for decades.’
    • ‘I get more confessions from con artists than from any other kind of criminal.’
    • ‘The growth of online shopping has created a wealth of opportunities for con artists.’
    • ‘The truth is, con artists prefer intelligent people.’
    • ‘The con artists are careful not to get ripped off themselves, and no transaction takes place without first checking the validity of the numbers.’
    • ‘In Paris, Candide falls ill and loses money to various con artists.’
    • ‘A lot of the con artists I've arrested are unbelievably charming.’
    • ‘Some con artists use names that sound like those of well-known charities in an effort to confuse potential donors.’
    • ‘Some con artists have used this tactic to get financial information from students.’
    • ‘Increasingly con artists are turning their attention to electronic means of securing our personal details, often using old-fashioned tricks of persuasion.’