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a confidence game

A method of inspiring someone's trust and then deceiving them. Don't fall for Tony's sad story—he's known for playing confidence games.
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confidence game

Also, confidence trick; con game. A swindle in which the victim is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. For example, The police warned of a confidence game in which people were asked to turn over valuables for a so-called appraisal , or The typical confidence trick is easy to spot if you know what to look for, or I almost let myself be taken in by her con game-she seemed so sincere. These terms, which use confidence in the sense of "trust," date from the mid-1800s. They also gave rise to confidence man (or con man) for the swindler.
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Confidence Trick looks a typical fast improver for Sir Michael Stoute
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.
It's about time we had a government that defended the licence payer from what is one colossal confidence trick available nightly in the corner of your living room.
Always a cynic, I suspect that this recycling is just a morale-boosting confidence trick similar to wartime when householders enthusiastically donated their iron railings which were later dumped into any waterway deep enough.
It's a multi-million pound confidence trick based on giving women endless hope - courtesy of over-priced little pots.
Kevin Harper pulled a confidence trick to halt Hibs' slide into the mire then revealed the fear driving him back to his inspirational best.
Alex Salmond's version of independence, without the Scottish currency, is merely a confidence trick, leading to total dependency on an overseas power, complete with border controls at Berwick and Carlisle.
Considering this new exploitation game, it is clear the "Gagging Law" was the thin end of the wedge for this latest confidence trick.
Jailing them, Recorder Sam Mainds said: "You spoke to each of the four ladies and were able to get close to them and, by a clearly worked-out confidence trick, you pressed worthless jewellery on them which enabled you to remove valuable necklaces and other items of jewellery.
He exposed the Government's confidence trick that the Fusiliers are being sacrificed instead of Scottish battalions with much worse recruiting records - in a flawed bid to promote the benefits of the UK to Scottish voters.
These illegal businesses are playing a confidence trick by offering their depositors monthly profits of up to 40 per cent to gain their confidence and attract more customers before the money disappear into thin air," the source said.
Graduates Daniel Nkwenti, 31, and Thierry Mpondo, 30, were involved in a confidence trick where people would be invited to buy large numbers of pieces of paper presented as dyed bank notes, a court heard.
The perpetrators of this monumental confidence trick will no doubt take their leave of this stage of follies when the full horror of what they have done dawns.
There was a time when they portrayed New Labour as a massive confidence trick.
It's a confidence trick, there is no real basis for her to file the form.