rip-off artist

rip-off artist

A person who exploits the vulnerability of others for their own sake by manipulating and taking advantage of their confidence. Be wary of rip-off artists who send emails claiming to be a bank or some other trustworthy establishment—they often ask for your personal bank details to gain access to your finances. He's just a small-time rip-off artist looking to con you into giving him a bit of money.
See also: artist

(rip-)off artist

n. a con artist. Beware of the rip-off artist who runs that shop.
See also: artist
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AND THE ATTEMPT BY THE NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE THE LAW BY REGULATION (102) TO BE PROMULGATED TO "SAVE THE INSURANCE CONSUMER FROM THE GRASP OF THE INSURANCE RIP-OFF ARTIST."
If the combination of albums indicates a possible rip-off artist, the application is declined.
Perhaps that business is not a legitimate business but a rip-off artist posing as a business.
Once the marketer is comfortable that the customer is not a rip-off artist, product can be shipped with a bill.
That doesn't stop Easy Group spokesman James Rothnie calling Alan Cooke a "rip-off artist" and promising to fight this to the bitter end.
The 38-year-old rip-off artist assures Sorted that he offers a "superb service".
Honest expression is filmmaking voice.There are too many so-called creatives in this industry, too many rip-off artists, too many caterpillars trying to be butterflies and be something they know deep down they are not," said Phoenix Quwais.
Nonprofit workers in the Rio Grande Valley say they've seen an increase this year in the number of rip-off artists charging Texans for help signing up for health insurance - a service they are eligible to get for free.
"I have a skilled enforcement team focused on tracking down and arresting rip-off artists that take advantage of homeowners who have already suffered so much."
Translation: Many commission-based brokers are self-serving hucksters and rip-off artists from whom smaller investors need protection.
Madoff and other rip-off artists may be hated even more than either sea captain, but it's because they hurt more people, even if none of them died.
S ome of you might be familiar with "The Emperor's New Clothes,'' a tale about two rip-off artists who made fools of an emperor and the adults in his kingdom.
But right royal rip-off artists Royal Mail claim the 24mm long part is so big it must be sent as a large letter at DOUBLE last year's price.
In the United States, as I've seen from many visits there, many Filipinos look down on African-Americans--or blacks, as they used to be called before that politically correct term--ostensibly because they are drunks, freeloaders, and rip-off artists (quite apart from rap-on ones), stereotypes imbibed from predominantly white society, but in reality simply because they are black.
"It also follows, I think, that they are the ones who have been the most successful rip-off artists because they then have the wherewithal to, for example, incorporate their company overseas or set up overseas PO boxes or even be physically based overseas.