con artist

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con artist

1. A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence (the act of which is known as a confidence trick or game). It is the common abbreviation of the full term, "confidence artist." Be wary of con artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment: they often ask for your personal bank details to have access to your finances.
2. By extension, a person who is skilled at duplicity, cajolery, or self-serving manipulation or persuasion. John is such a con artist, always convincing others to pay for him on nights out under the pretense that he'll "pay them back later."
See also: artist, con

con artist

verb
See also: artist, con
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Naturally, when the work is completed, the confidence artist never admits that he or she received help from another person.
Like all confidence artists, this individual uses a line of smooth talk to win your trust.
The name doesn't refer to the Palestinian capital, but a prison on Rue de Jerusalem, in the Paris suburb of Bicetre, which formerly housed many French confidence artists.