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Friday, August 18, 2006

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Who's Who of conmen (1947)
By Ben Fenton
(Filed: 18/08/2006)

As ugly mugs go, they don't come much uglier than this collection, put together by a Metropolitan Police force that feared a flood of international conmen and swindlers would descend on post-war Britain.
The Met contacted police forces around the world for details of villains known to operate various scams and collected them together in a special pamphlet, published in 1947, but open to public scrutiny for the first time now.
The Illustrated Circular of Confidence Tricksters and Expert Criminals, a kind of Who's Who of the swindler's parallel universe, was to be of strictly limited circulation.
In 1950, there was a proposal to update the circular, because a new wave of conmen was expected to arrive for the following year's Festival of Britain.
But the commissioner of the Met, Sir Harold Scott, dismissed the idea, citing British poverty as the main reason for a decline in swindling here.
''As you know, the crime of the confidence trick is well on the decline and there is no doubt that these criminals are "displaying their wares" in countries where the inhabitants have an over sufficiency of money to spare. This appears not to be so in England and may be that is the reason why we are not so troubled with them."
Daily Telegraph

3 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

I think were onto them by now?

7:00 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Onto who? The EU idiots or the conmen?

11:14 AM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

they used to be called conmen,now we call them bag heads!spot them a mile away,they have no teeth?

7:39 PM  

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