Monday, September 2, 2019

"The Smart Ones Are Easy Marks Because Their Imagination Does the Work for You"

"Trading in Futures."
By S. R. Algernon (Sean Green).
Illustration by JACEY.
First appearance: Nature/Futures, 27 June 2019.
Short short short story (1 page; PDF).

Online (HERE).
     "Naturally, if word of this were to get out, people would think we were crackpots, so we would appreciate it if you would keep this trade secret to yourselves."

All conjobs need credulous victims to succeed, and this supercon is no exception . . .

- In the annals of crime, the "confidence trick" (Wikipedia; HERE) is almost as old as murder. Everybody has heard of Ponzi and his scheme (HERE); and, thanks to his being portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie, you might also have heard of Frank Abagnale (HERE).
- Previously we featured another S. R. Algernon micro-narrative, "VTE" (HERE).

The bottom line:
   "What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime."
     — Frank Abagnale


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