One day they would pretend being a Muslim monk and next day Jewelry traders.
They were so fluent that they could easily act as monks and recite religious texts from multiple religions and in a tong spoken locally. Frequently, they would collect donations in such artistic way that victims were glad to “help” them and might end up living their entire lives without knowing they ware conned. They were incredibly strong and resilient. Most of their cons were high profile and they would readily get financing from Rich individuals and banks. They were very honest paying their debts and would never con their friends. They had their cod of honor and would follow it fanatically. They were territorial and deadly individuals usually working in pairs. This was the phenomena local to this region and while there were legends in many cultures about “Khachagock”, this book is the only source describing their day to day lives. In one incident, the master con artist Petros helped starving village in Siberia and ended up spending the entire loot they gathered several months.
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