Green Belt Blues

I have a mate who has built a house at the top of his garden. His house is already large enough, however, he was also painfully aware...

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...

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...

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

I've always been open to new ideas; if someone approached me with a new scam or a variation on an old one, as long as I could understand...

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...

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...

Good Guys v Bad Guys

I sometimes sit back and reflect on the fact that I was comparatively lucky in my ‘career’, inasmuch I was never convicted; however, if...

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...

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...