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

    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
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    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster

    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

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