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Such scams, known by names such as the '419 fraud' and the 'advance free fraud', are basically confidence tricks triggered by a victim's greed, say police officers.
Cold calling is also often linked to crime, from confidence tricks to more serious attacks.
WHAT must rank amongst the most expensive confidence tricks ever attempted on the British public is the notion that if we generate five, 10 or even 20% of electricity from wind our power stations will burn five, 10 or even 20% less fossil fuel, whereas in fact with thousands of wind turbines now operational our power stations still burn the same amount of fossil fuel on windy days as they do on windless days.
Like many victims of confidence tricks the lady was very embarrassed and we want to stress to members of the community that we will deal with cases discreetly and certainly aren't in the business of judging anyone's religious beliefs.
Trading officers in Wales have issued a warning about internet auction sites they say contain confidence tricks.
Paul Bint, branded "King Con" for a 25-year career of outrageous confidence tricks that has seen him commit more than 500 offences, said he was Orlando Pownall, the QC who prosecuted the TV presenter's killer.
Paul Bint, branded 'King Con' for a 25-year career of outrageous confidence tricks that has seen him commit more than 500 offences, said he was Orlando Pownall, the QC who prosecuted the TV presenter's killer.
ASH director Clive Bates said: "We believe this is one of the biggest and most grotesque consumer confidence tricks of modern times.
Dubai: Police say greed is the common denominator among the victims of '419 scams', 'black money scams', 'money doubling crimes' and other confidence tricks in which targets are conned into believing that they will make a large profit if they hand over some of their money.
The words "British and Great Britain"are confidence tricks played on the Welsh to get them to support English imperialism in Wales.
The 41-year-old defendant - an expert in the world of make-believe who was once branded "King Con" for his long string of outrageous confidence tricks - faces prison for posing as a top barrister in the Jill Dando murder trial, in order to con a casualty doctor.
It was dishonest debt-collecting and confidence tricks," said Mr Lockhart.