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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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