grifter

A grifter is a con artist: someone who swindles people out of money through fraud.

If there's one type of person you don't want to trust, it's a grifter: someone who cheats others out of money. Grifters are also known as chiselers, defrauders, gougers, scammers, swindlers, and flim-flam men. Selling a bridge and starting a Ponzi scheme are things a grifter might do. The difference between a grifter and a thief is a grifter tricks you out of money through lies, while the thief takes it by force. The end result is the same.

Definitions of grifter
  1. noun
    a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
    synonyms: chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, gouger, scammer, swindler
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    card shark, card sharp, card sharper, cardsharp, cardsharper, sharper, sharpie, sharpy
    a professional card player who makes a living by cheating at card games
    clip artist
    a swindler who fleeces the victim
    con artist, con man, confidence man
    a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim
    welcher, welsher
    someone who swindles you by not repaying a debt or wager
    type of:
    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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A Politician Calls Out "Grifters"

In a piece for Politico, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Steve LaTourette cited the Vocabulary.com blurb for grifter when he used that term to describe an arm of the Republican party.

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