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29 October 2014
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Hustle - The Art of the Con

The Jargon

Mark – target for the con

Short con – opportunistic sting to steal what's in a victim's pocket

Long con – pre-planned scam to extort maximum amounts of money

Fixer – the organiser. Whatever props the gang needs, the fixer gets them

Roper – identifies the mark, befriends them and sucks them in

Inside man – the gang's key player who offers the deal of the century

Shills - members of the gang who pretend to be punters to coax the mark in

The score – the con

An out – an opportunity for the mark to withdraw from the deal

The Flop – a short con which involves stepping out in front of cars, bouncing off the bonnet and using an old existing fracture to defraud insurance companies

Big Store - a purpose-built set used by the gang as a prop for the con

The Rules of the Game

You can't con an honest man

Feed the greed

Always give the mark an out

Never give a sucker an even break

It's all in the detail

Don't have anything in your life you can't walk away from in a second

Always look after number one

It's not just about the money


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