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The ultimate showdown between the con artists and the FBI takes place in next week's Season 1, episode 10 of "Imposters.
Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Bu Rasheed, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said Abu Dhabi Police are keen on educating the public on the methods con artists use to trick people on the phone, email and other innovative ways.
David Niven and Marlon Brando played the gigolo con artists in the 1964 lm Bedtime Story.
6 THE GRIFTERS (1990) ANJELICA Huston, John Cusack and Annette Bening play three con artists doing their best to stay one step ahead of the law.
Ted Durcan has already won on Con Artist twice, and he could get an easy lead.
Every year, scams are becoming increasingly complex as con artists discover new, sophisticated ways to fleece the public.
Bar staff working for ACAP, which screens all grievance inquiries, say the victims usually don't realize the con artist wasn't an attorney until they contact the Bar and the Bar gets in touch with the real attorney.
Moreover, every dollar stolen by a con artist is a dollar not available for emergency services, life-saving treatments, drugs, medical research and other vital health care services.
With enough information, a con artist can run up bills on another person's credit card or, in the worst case, even steal that person's identity.
If the judges can reverse the recent Turner tendency to reward practices that, however laudable, facilitate media-friendly personification--in the last three years we've had as winners a con artist who switched off the gallery lights (Martin Creed), a mad scientist (Keith Tyson), and a transvestite potter (Grayson Perry)--then December 6 should be Deller's night.
I won't say there hasn't been the occasional con artist in financial newsletter publishing.
As his name dearly and overtly implies, Scamz is a lowlife con artist who employs services of anyone--mostly women--with access to confidential financial information.