Tricky Vic - An Impossibly Good Con Man - Preface

Cover of a picture biography by Greg Pizzoli, featuring the story of "Tricky Vic," also known as Count Victor Lustig. Copyright, Greg Pizzoli, all rights reserved. Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new readers with the work.


Listen with patience;
No fast talking;
Don’t look bored;
Never boast - just exude importance;
Be tidy ...

From Ten Commandments for Con Men
By Count Victor Lustig


Once there was a man who was wanted by forty-two different law-enforcement agencies throughout the world.

So good was this “con man”—short for “confidence man”—that he was able to carry-out countless scams for decades.

How did he do it?

He spoke English, plus several European languages—including Russian—and masterfully portrayed himself as someone he was not. Nearly everyone he duped would never have predicted they were a con man's "mark."

His parents gave him the name Robert Miller, but he called himself Victor Lustig—together with at least thirty more fake identities.

Let’s meet the real Miller / Lustig.

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Original Release: Aug 19, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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