What’s a Grifter?

What’s a Grifter?

by Michael Feeley May 10, 2022


GRIFTER IS A FAVORITE word of mine but not the actions and choices of the person who engages in grifting –
the act of petty swindling.

What variety there is in describing a grifter and the profession of grifting:






Confidence trickster

Crooked gambler





Control freak

Smooth talker


> Grifters prey on people.

> A grifter sets out to fool you by gaining your trust.

> The grifter acts like a helpless victim, but they are not.

> Seldom do grifters tell the truth; however, they use threats, fear, crying, pretense, intimidation, and blackmail, anything to try and have their way – you will learn what they want in their professional scheme.

Grifting is a criminal offense.

Go to the police and tell all their connections what they are doing because they do not want to be found out.

A grifter does not want to end up in a court of law where the truth of who they are and the facts of what they are doing
will be exposed.

Often, a con man or woman has failed at something important to them, and shame, anger, and desire for power run them
in other ways.

Recently I met a family of grifters, and one of them is a small child in training.

Take a look at the fantastic 1990 movie The Grifters – starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, and Annette Bening.

Grifting- What a way to live your life.


Thanks – Michael (he, him)

Please share this Daily with all your tribes and stop grifters.
This is also helpful – How Much Do Truth and Honor Matter?




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