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Grifter facts

The Lingo

Ace - bribing authorities to stay away

Button - phony police make a bust

Cannon - a pickpocket

Easy Mark - someone who likes to take chances, therefore making an ideal mark

Fish (or Greenhorn) - someone who is new in town and therefore is unfamiliar with their surroundings; makes an ideal mark

Green Goods - exchanging real money in exchange for near-perfect counterfeits

Red Inking - a double bluff where the con man threatens or tries to frighten off a mark in order to make them commit more to the scheme

Shill (or Plant) - a grifter who is used like an extra on a film or TV show - they pose as another customer to help convince the mark

Snake Oil - fake potion that is claimed to cure an illness

Stall - point in a con where the target is temporarily prevented from participating in order make them want to take part even more

Tear Up - a devise to instil trust - the target's cheque is torn up in front of them so they believe that the con man is trustworthy

The Wire - any operation pretending to have advance or inside information - normally used with betting on horse racing

Famous con artists

Yellow Kid Weil - a notorious American con artist of the late 19th century who started off working a 'Snake Oil' scam and then worked 'The Wire'.

He was one of the inspirations for the film The Sting.

'Count' Victor Ludwig - tried to con people into buying the Eiffel tower.

David Pecard - posed as an FBI agent and conducted several investigations. Also married six women.

Frank Abagnale - one of the youngest con men operating between the ages of 16 to 25. He managed to con people into believing he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor.

The film, Catch Me If You Can, was based on his life.

Gregor McGregor - Scottish con artist who conned people into investing in the fake island of Poyais.

Ten famous con films over the decades

1. The LadyKillers (1955) - starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers (remade in 2004 starring Tom Hanks)

2. Ocean's Eleven (1960) - starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr (remade in 2001 starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon)

3. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - starring Steve McQueen (remade in 1999 starring Pierce Brosnan)

4. Paper Moon (1973) - starring Ryan O'Neal

5. The Sting (1973) - starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman

6. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin

7. The Grifters (1990) - starring Jon Cusack, Angelica Houston and Annette Bening

8. Catch Me If You Can (2002) - starring Leonardo DiCaprio

9. Matchstick Men (2003) - starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell

10. Confidence (2003) - starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and Andy Garcia

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