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Political Cartoon by JM Staniforth: Herbert Kitchener attempts to raise £100,000 for a College in Sudan by calling on the name of Charles George Gordon

A confidence trick (synonyms include confidence game, confidence scheme, scam and stratagem) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté and greed.


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Intro  Terminology  Stages of the con  Vulnerability to confidence tricks  References  Further reading  External links  

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