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The Art of Grifting

FBN takes Grifting very seriously as this is one area in which FBN actually strives for excellence.  Grifting is an art and we at FBN pride ourselves as being artists.  We don't strive for technical excellence as that just reduces the potential for billable hours.  Why become so good you bill less hours.  Feigning incompetence allows for the billing of almost unlimited time.

Grifting requires one to be the ultimate opportunist which can quickly react to changing situations.  The tougher the situation the greater the satisfaction of the con.  Where in general situations repeat, human greed is predictable but often details demand a slightly different approach to every customer, or mark as we refer to them behind their backs.  Reading the marks and making the mark believe you are delivering what they see as value is one of the secrets to successfully scamming the customer.

Grifting requires that you dehumanize the customer in your mind.  You never want to feel sorry for the person you screw.  Better to think of them as stupid and fools so the better you screw them the better you feel.  You must believe you are doing the world a favor as you relieve your customers, or marks, of more than a reasonable amount of money.

One must look at the world from a Darwinian perspective.  You are aiding the economic survival of the fittest by separating the fools, or call them customers or marks - whatever suits you, from their money.  The average person behaves as part of the herd regardless of the obvious direction and resulting destination.  The Dutch Tulip Bulb bubble, the South Seas episode of the early 1700s, the stock market bubble of the 1920s, the stock market bust of 2000/2001 and the dot-com gold rush are all good examples of the herd driving themselves over the cliff so to speak.  The trick is read the trends taken by the herd and develop a scam which caters to their current taste.

The computer and high tech business was a good ride for many years.  It is more difficult now than in the recent past but one is still able to find some customers who could be qualified as marks.  Even though the pickings are slimmer FBN continues to find opportunities in which the maximum amount of money is taken from the marks, or customers as we call them in public.  We at FBN pride ourselves as being the ultimate opportunist leading the industry in The Art of Grifting.

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© 2005  The Twelve Year Old Kid From Across The Street
  April 17, 2005

It is surprising how many browsers hit the FBN web site referred via search engines after searching for "grifting" or the "art of grifting". I never thought there was such a demand for information on grifting. In my eyes grifting is a low-end con game performed by drifters or other similar lowlifes.  A grifter screws every person with whom theycome in contact.  I have met a few and in general it is not a pleasantexperience.  Drug addicts scrounging for their next fix is a goodexample of an equally unpleasant experience.  Maybe, many have a moreromantic view of scamming people and have elevated grifters to a higher level.Many would state that after recent events many grifters are alive and well pretending to be corporate executives.  Many of their scams expose individuals of the lowest rung of moral belief and behavior.  With roles models such as the CEOs of Enron, Arthur Anderson, Global Crossing and many others involved in dot coms.  Many were fortunate enough to escape the bursting of the dot com era and stock market downturn with great wealth.  It appears those on the corporate side of the deal did well and the individual investor types funded this transfer of wealth much to their disadvantage.In writing these pages I was attempting to inform and make humor of the lack of ethics practiced by many in the computer and high tech fields. Most folks who stumble upon this site fail to understand my intent. Some have been offended, failing to see the humor but seeing the scam. Most probably fail to understand as this site fails the "25 word rule",in this day and age thoughts and ideas must be distilled into 25 words>or less as your audience is incapable of keeping a train of thought beyond 25 words.  Everyone wants information and ideas put into bullets which can be understood and digested with little effort.  Some blame television for this dumbing down of society. If you are researching grifting in an attempt to protect yourself I wish you luck in your quest to educate yourself.  If you attempting to develop your grifting skills I really don't have much to say, remember - if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.