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Confidence trick From Sterwiki A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain.
The confidence trickster, con man, scam artist or con artist often works with an accomplice called the shill, who tries to encourage the mark by pretending to believe the trickster.
Some confidence tricks exploit the inherent greed and dishonesty of their victims; it has been said by confidence tricksters that it is impossible to con a completely honest man. Often, the mark tries to out-cheat the conmen, only to discover that they have been manipulated into this.
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 Confidence Trick
'Confidence' came to widespread use in the mid 90s to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the 'self-esteem' movement.
In the terminal stages of 'confidence' addiction, the goals that the user set out to achieve are distorted beyond recognition, until the addict is left with no goal but maintaining his 'confidence.' 'Confidence's promise to the user becomes the user's promise to 'confidence,' its liberation a slavery.
The monstrosity of 'confidence' lies in the glib way it glosses over exploitation and treachery, and obscures the courage of bearing up under the risk and isolation that is our common condition.
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  Consumer Confidence in Diamonds by De Beers
Confidence, mystique and integrity can be eroded if consumers are misled into purchasing treated diamonds, synthetic (man-made) diamond material or diamond simulants in the belief that they are untreated or natural as the case may be.
The Consumer Confidence Technical Research Group at the DTC Research Centre, through basic research, has developed practical solutions and instruments, mainly for use at gemmological laboratories, for the identification of synthetics, treated diamonds and diamond simulants.
De Beers are worried that any reduction in "consumer confidence" could harm their profits, and it would seem as though they think synthetic diamonds or enhancements will compete with their markets.
www.24carat.co.uk /debeersconsumerconfidenceindiamondscockup.html   (1051 words)

 Confidence trick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most confidence tricks exploit the greed and dishonesty of their victims.
Sometimes con men rely on naïve individuals who put their confidence in get-rich-quick schemes, such as "too good to be true" investments.
William Thompson, American criminal whose deceptions caused the term "confidence man" to be coined.
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 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Confidence trick
In a world dominated by a nation whose leader seems in thrall to a narrow form of religious confidence, these were brave and possibly dangerous words.
Religious confidence can in certain circumstances mean killing unbelievers for the faith, can mean the exiling of whole nations from the lands of their birth, can mean intolerance on birth control, can mean the mutilation of young girls and sexual abuse of young boys.
Those who detest some of these things that are done by and in the name of confident religions in the modern world will take some persuading that the archbishop's call for the faithful to surrender to God in order to find their most profound freedom is a recipe for a world united in love.
www.guardian.co.uk /leaders/story/0,3604,904543,00.html   (673 words)

 The Personal Confidence Trick
And, in the days ahead when you naturally feel confident notice again what it is you do and keep stacking these experiences so you become more consciously aware of what you do unconsciously when you are feeling that way.
Now when you feel less confident than you want to, arrange your body in the ways you have discovered you associate with feeling more confident and enjoy the results.
The extra bonus: When you act as if you are confident you will not only feel it you will appear it to the world around you and you are likely to find this magnifies how you feel in yourself.
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 Confidence trick
The confidence trickster, con man, grifter, scam artist or con artist often works with one or more accomplices called shills, who try to encourage the mark by pretending to believe the trickster.
Though dishonesty for financial gain had existed long before, the specific term "confidence man" was first coined in 1849 by the New York Herald to describe the deceptions of William Thompson.
In the process, the stranger (actually a confidence trickster) "puts his money with" the pigeon's money, i.e., in an envelope, briefcase, or sack, which the pigeon is then entrusted with.
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 Trick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Confidence trick, an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons usually with the goal of financial or other gain.
Trick ending, a totally unexpected turn of events which alter the plot of a work.
Trick, a Japanese TV/movie series (three seasons and two films) about a magician and a physicist who debunk fraudulent spiritualists.
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 Self Confidence Tips - FREE Course
This change in thinking is so important that we devote quite a bit of time to it on the Self Confidence Trainer, our premium package for teaching the skills of self confidence.
Really learn how to develop your self confidence by following the tips above and in the Free Self Confidence Course which we are offering you, and notice the small differences as they happen.
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 Confidence Trick - Forbes.com
It might not be the equivalent of the villagers lighting their torches, but it was a pretty clear sign that at least some of his underlings weren't necessarily disposed to follow their leader to hell and back.
Hints can come through market gossip or postings on a blog--either internally (the modern equivalent of the company suggestion box, although anonymity is obviously limited) or, worse, externally, through selective leaking of memos to a corporate watchdog Web site like F---edcompany.com.
It will be interesting to see, however, whether the lack of confidence persists and how it manifests itself over coming months, and even whether there might be any significant exodus of senior staff.
www.forbes.com /2007/04/17/confidence-crisis-management-oped-cx_sm_0417wolf.html?partner=rss   (591 words)

 Is competence a 'confidence trick'?
Relevance becomes an obvious issue affecting the level of confidence; various procedures and systems will usually be established in order that the awarding body should be seen to be maintaining the relevance of the qualifications to the requirements of employers.
Confidence may be granted in varying degrees, circumscribed in various ways, subject to all sorts of limits and constraints.
The 'trick' is to gain, maintain and sustain such confidence, shared by all parties to the process.
www.re-skill.org.uk /relskill/confid.htm   (3330 words)

 It’s not a confidence trick, it’s a lack of confidence » The England Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
It’s not a confidence trick, it’s a lack of confidence
And they think they have to because of a tremendous confidence trick played by the private schools sector: promoting the belief that if something’s expensive, it must be better than something that’s free.
As opposed to a tremendous confidence trick played by the state that just because you can’t obviously see when (and how much) you pay for something that it’s somehow “free”, good value and worthwhile.
www.theenglandproject.net /wordpress/?p=293   (1627 words)

 The Telegraph - Calcutta : Opinion
Even though Ms Mayavati’s rival, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, is running the government in Uttar Pradesh with his Samajwadi Party at the moment, the Dalit leader knows that the spread of the Bahujan Samaj Party’s voter base makes her a very alluring ally for any national coalition.
She has also balanced the fact that there is no announced candidate opposite the prime minister in the Lucknow seat by saying that no one has yet approached her with the suggestion that a common opposition candidate be fielded against Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
As strategist, she is admirable, her confidence is partly the genuine article and partly strategy again.
www.telegraphindia.com /1040319/asp/opinion/story_3018945.asp   (460 words)

 Consumer surveys can end up being a confidence trick - theage.com.au
The confidence indicator generally moves up and down a lot more than the conditions indicator, so it often has more influence on headlines.
But the confidence indicator is the less reliable of the two.
It seems to be influenced by the impressions the survey respondents have gathered from the media rather than just by what's happening in their own businesses.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2003/03/14/1047583703306.html   (812 words)

 Cleveland Police - Press Release - Beware Cruel Confidence Trick Warn Police (19 July 2006)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
Members of the local community have been warned to be on their guard against confidence tricksters exploiting their traditional beliefs.
The warning after comes after a woman was tricked out of “several thousands of pounds” by a crook who gained her confidence by claiming to be a clairvoyant.
“Like many victim of confidence tricks, the lady was very embarrassed and we want to stress to members of the community that we will deal with cases discreetly and certainly aren‘t in the business of judging anyone’s religious beliefs.
www.cleveland.police.uk /news_resources/press_releases/060719_cruel_trick.htm   (444 words)

 Articles about Building Self-Confidence, Improving Self-Esteem, & Quieting the Inner Critic
It nags and natters at you to the point that your self confidence and sense of bravery is destroyed.
We know that a string of broken hearts can begin eroding what confidence we may have had and that a loving supportive spouse can be our greatest asset in the belief that we can do anything we set our minds to.
confidence they are often carrying at least a little bit of animosity towards the authority figures that have failed them.
www.tomorrowsedge.net /building-self-confidence-and-self-esteem-articles.html   (3031 words)

 Confidence trick - 07 April 2001 - New Scientist
James Dabbs and his colleagues at Georgia State University, Atlanta, found that people with high levels of the male hormone testosterone have a more confident businesslike manner, even in the briefest social encounters.
Independent researchers then analysed the tapes to rate how confident their behaviour was.
Although confidence can grow with age and may be a product of class or a social strategy, "these findings suggest it also may come from high levels of testosterone", says Dabbs.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=mg17022851.400   (257 words)

 Confidence trick the answer says Dickov - Evening Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
confidence is high despite the morale-sapping 3-0 home humbling by Hungary earlier this month, which he missed through injury.
Italy are in there, which is hard for everybody else, but when you look at the other teams we have to think we've a chance.
There's no point playing football if you are not going to be confident in your own ability and the ability of the team.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk /hi/sport/6014054.html   (592 words)

 Klinsmann's confidence trick still helping Germany
According to research released this week, Germany's run to third place at the World Cup encouraged consumers to stop hoarding and start spending, with an average household apparently feeling 500 euros a month better off.
The boost in consumer confidence is remarkable given that the World Cup made no significant impact on the German economy.
It is even more surprising to see the German national team and Bundesliga clubs doing so well on the pitch, after many had predicted a long bout of post-World Cup blues in the wake of Juergen Klinsmann's decision to step down.
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 Confidence - Movie Review
In a confidence trick film, it is important for viewers to keep their eye on the ball, but even more important for the ball to keep ducking and reeling and disappearing from view.
Less convincing, however, was Andy Garcia, who puts in an uncharacteristic piece of overacting - although in a film where everyone is wearing a mask, the viewer is left wondering whether the histrionics are coming just from the actor, or also from the character that he is playing.
In fact the film is itself like a confidence trick - a crew has been assembled and directed, everyone is playing their part, and a fantasy is being peddled - and we the viewers are ultimately its intended mark, even if we come out smiling (as suckers so often do).
www.movie-gazette.com /cinereviews/393   (496 words)

 Jeremy Scharlack's Blog: Confidence Trick
That is not meant in the huckster’s sense, though many critics claim that on the war in Iraq, the economy and a few other matters he has engaged in some manner of bait-and-switch.
No, I mean it in the sense that he’s a believer in the power of confidence.
At a time when constituents are uneasy and enemies are probing for weaknesses, he clearly feels that unflinching confidence has an almost mystical power.
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 JamesBowman.net | Confidence
But if there was any higher purpose in making us feel so little confidence in the confidence game, apart from lending a further irony to the title, I have been unable to discover it.
Burns is so obviously a narcissistic poseur that he couldn’t for the life of him adopt the sly, ingratiating quality of the true confidence man.
It is his own confidence that is in question, and which (he supposes) enables him to pull off the most audacious robberies, not that of the marks for whom he appears to have nothing but contempt.
www.jamesbowman.net /reviewDetail.asp?pubID=1399   (448 words)

 Debate: Wind power confidence trick?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
He goes on: "By examining such extensive wind records from throughout the UK we can be very confident that the study identified both long-term trends and the most extreme wind conditions the UK will experience.
GENTEC venturi, on the other hand, uses the traditional method of calculating its capacity factor of 100 per cent where it reflects the time it generates at full capacity in any given year.
We are witnessing one of the biggest confidence tricks in modern times inflicted on a trusting and gullible public.
www.shetland-news.co.uk /pages/opinion_debate/energy/debate_wind_power_confidence_trick.htm   (925 words)

 The Second Golden Age of the Confidence Trick
This article was written in the hope that it would prevent some people from falling prey to one of the newer breeds of confidence trickster in existence today.
Another common feature of con tricks is that they generally involve the mark's complicity in something not quite kosher, or in fact downright illegal.
The mark's confidence in the deal is subconsciously increased by a desire to make up to the seller for calling their integrity into question.
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