How To Become A Professional Con Artist

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Overview


A fool and his money are soon parted, so the saying goes. And if the job is done right, the fool doesn't even realize it's happened until the wily con artist has moved on to the next victim or the next town. In this entertaining and eye-opening book, Dennis M. Marlock, a retired cop and chairman of the board for the international law enforcement organization Professionals Against Confidence Crime, takes the reader into the mind and greedy heart of the con man. You'll learn the mechanics behind famous swindles such as the pigeon drop, the Jamaican switch, bank-examiner schemes, three-card monte and even fortune-telling. You'll find out why a good scam artist rarely gets caught and, if he does, how he gets away with the lightest punishment or no punishment at all. If you've ever read a news story about a sucker getting taken and wondered how he could have fallen for that, you need to read this book before an honest-faced stranger offers you a deal too good to pass up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581602692
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 438,562
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author


Dennis M. Marlock recently retired from the Milwaukee Police Department, where he spent most of his 31-year career investigating frauds and confidence crimes. He cofounded and currently oversees the daily operation of Professionals Against Confidence Crime. He is known throughout the United States as an expert on fraud prevention, and he has written two books and numerous articles on fraud and transient con artists.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Change Raising
Chapter 2: Deceptive Honesty
Chapter 3: Mind Games
Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade
Chapter 5: The Characteristics of a Fool
Chapter 6: Big Cons
Chapter 7: Short Cons
Chapter 8: Allies, Enemies, and Survival Tactics
Chapter 9: For Cops Only
Chapter 10: Final Truths
Bibliography
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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    The pigeon drop and the bank-examiner scheme were two of my favo

    The pigeon drop and the bank-examiner scheme were two of my favorite cons in this book. Dennis Marlock takes the reader carefully through dozens of confidence cons. An interesting read.

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