Information is Power

I was cajoled into going shopping the other day with Lucy, a female friend; she wanted to buy something expensive for her husband James...

Ghost Towns

I have a mate who is a fantasy property developer - that means his property developments are pure fantasy rather than being the stuff of...

The Young Ones

For the benefit of any lawyers reading this, I think it best to point out that this is not a Cliff Richard reference! When people think...

For Sale or Rent

We all want to live in a nice flat or house in a nice road, even if just temporarily. The bad guys obviously know this and reel in their...

Art Fraud - Go Big or Go Home

Following on from my last posting A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing and Susan Grossey's post in her excellent 'I hate Money...

A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

You can’t con an honest man - or woman - or can you? I vaguely remembered the article in a local newspaper reporting that a fellow...

Mr Snuggles is Missing

Given the recent surge in dognapping cases, I thought this might provide an interesting take on how fraudsters and other criminals...

Bug's life - the sequel

Richard's previous experience at listening into his customer's own negotiating strategies paid for a nice house in a good area. His...

Separating the Weak from the Herd

I have no qualifications in psychology whatsoever - I thought it best to make that clear from the outset! However, a lifetime of...

Flattery will get you everywhere

Having given up my previous 'career' as a fraudster I've resigned myself to working for not very much money doing a job that I find...

Different Strokes for Different Folks

My nightmare scenario involves me being woken at a respectable hour by a detective who is smartly dressed, courteous and professional. He...

Contactless

I’m aware that the expression ‘contactless’ best describes the physical relationship many of us have with our partners, however, on this...

Car Wash and Laundry

I’m a great believer in free market enterprise and entrepreneurship. I thought I would just put that out there before anyone thinks I’m a...

Supermodels

The old adage that 'you can't fight mother nature' fails to apply once you reach the age of 18 and you can indulge yourself in whatever...

OCG Infiltration

I had just ordered my second white filter coffee. I baulk at the idea of spending North of £2 on a cup of coffee, no matter what fancy...

Target Identification

Given the huge decline in travel abroad at present, I was going to resist publishing this post, however, the principles remain true. As...

Working with the bad guys

Since I began publishing this blog I've had a great deal of very positive feedback along the lines of 'why didn't anyone tell me about...

Ringing the Changes

I currently drive a nice Range Rover, it has all the toys, bells and whistles but if I'm perfectly honest I don't bother with many of...

The Taxman Cometh

We are all creatures of habit and routine and normally that is a good thing. As a child I recall the sound of leather on Brian Close...

Squeezing the balloon

No, I’m not referring to some crap Marcel Marceau mime so It’s probably worth explaining the title here. As I’m sure you know either from...