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...

None Shall Pass

If you have ever been stuck behind a caravan on a B road during the Summer holidays, you will understand why this is the unofficial motto...

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...

Its a bugs life

I met Richard, an ex-colleague for a chat the other day; he had heard that I had hung up my boots and wanted to hear it from the horse's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

You will like this - but not a lot

Not all magicians wear dinner jackets, are accompanied by sequinned attractive assistants and carry top hats from which they produce live...

The enemy within

My last post regarding Boiler Rooms generated a great deal more interest than I had imagined it would. I'm grateful for your observations...

Boiler Rooms

On my wrist is a nice watch. It’s a Rolex Milgauss, with a black face and a stainless steel bracelet. I would describe it as classy but...

Supply and Demand

The law of supply and demand is the central plank of many businesses. It’s pointless having a supply if there is no demand, and when one...

The Road to Damascus

I’ve mentioned briefly that, my parents had been scammed, and as a result, I had been forced to admit to myself the degree of misery I...