You have to keep this con even after you take his money. He can’t know you took him.

The farmers who sold options (read: lost 100% control) on their land for $x per acre have become accomplices in their own scam.

You can’t beat (con) an honest man.

Grifter:

  1. someone who swindles you through deception or fraud. Synonyms include fraudster, con artist, cheater, confidence man, scammer, hustler, swindler, etc. Urban Dictionary
  2. a practitioner of confidence tricks Wikipedia

Confidence artist: an individual operating alone or in concert with others who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naivety and greed.

The Sting is a 1973 American caper comedy film set in September 1936 that involves a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). Wikidpedia

The Sting, Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman)

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