An amateur or garden-variety fraud or con is when you find out too late that the fraudster emptied your bank account or stole your investment and disappeared. This is sloppy for the fraudster because now he/she is "wanted" by the law.
The "best" con artist is the worst for everyone else's safety.
The "best" con artist is the one who cons you so well that you do not realize that you have been conned, you profusely thank him/her, you eagerly return to be conned again an again, and you enthusiastically recruit your friends as new victims.
Millionaire Artist wrote:
What is the best con or who is the best con artist?
“Girl power”, my [a@@]. I couldn’t decide what was more disturbing. Was it the fact that these women each paid $5K to join a pseudo-sorority for adults? That they felt a need to pay for friends? That they felt a need to pay for compliments? That what they “bought” boiled down to “self-esteem packaged for the idiotic”? And, oh lord, how self-congratulatory they were! They really thought they were doing something to improve themselves and the lot of women. “Your successes are successes for women everywhere,” said the Guru . . . .
Remember that the best con will be very popular in a Gallup poll.
You decide: Is it a government program? "education"? real estate? cars? clothing?
(Uncivil comments are not welcome but "unpopular" comments might be necessary.)