The Art of
If you looking for a How-To of Grifting this is
the wrong page, you want this page.
This page is a critique of Grifting.
I never intended to write a guide to grifting. Inadvertently it
happened, the FBN web site is a guide to grifting in the computer
business. The whole FBN project was intended as a spoof and written
from experiences in the computer and high tech business. Some
imagination and exaggeration was used to write these pages but
surprisingly not as much as one may expect. Maybe working for lawyers
for 15 years helped a little. Almost all of the themes explored on the
pages were seen in operation in real live situations, just maybe not in
the high tech field.
It is surprising how many browsers hit the FBN web site referred via
search engines after searching for "grifting" or the "art of grifting".
I never thought there was such a demand for information on grifting. In
my eyes grifting is a low-end con game performed by drifters or
other similar lowlifes. A grifter screws every person with whom they
come in contact. I have met a few and in general it is not a pleasant
experience. Drug addicts scrounging for their next fix is a good
example of an equally unpleasant experience. Maybe, many have a more
romantic view of scamming people and have elevated grifters to a higher
level. Just remember, if you think it is okay to con and steal
from other people you are giving approval to con and steal from you!
Many would state that after recent events many grifters are alive and
well pretending to be corporate executives. Many of their scams expose
individuals of the lowest rung of moral belief and behavior. With
roles models such as the CEOs of Enron, Arthur Anderson, Global
Crossing and many others involved in dot coms. Many were fortunate
enough to escape the bursting of the dot com era and stock market
downturn with great wealth. It appears those on the corporate side of
the deal did well and the individual investor types funded this
transfer of wealth much to their disadvantage.
In writing these pages I was attempting to inform and make humor of the
lack of ethics practiced by many in the computer and high tech fields.
Most folks who stumble upon this site fail to understand my intent.
Some have been offended, failing to see the humor but seeing the scam.
Most probably fail to understand as this site fails the "25 word rule",
in this day and age thoughts and ideas must be distilled into 25 words
or less as your audience is incapable of keeping a train of thought
beyond 25 words. Everyone wants information and ideas put into bullets
which can be understood and digested with little effort. Some blame
television for this dumbing down of society.
If you are researching grifting in an attempt to protect yourself I
wish you luck in your quest to educate yourself. If you attempting to
develop your grifting skills I really don't have much to say, remember
- if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
Postscript: This page was developed after noticing the search
engines were dropping viewers onto the Career Opportunities page as it
mentioned "grifter", the Email address to which submit handwritten
cover letters and resumes. Yes, received lots of resumes but none
were handwritten. I wrote this page as I didn't think much of
grifters and grifting. Realizing I had suddenly appeared to have
lost my sense of humour I wrote the "in theme" Art
of Grifting page.
Even after posting the "in theme" Art of Grifting page the search
engines contine to drop viewers onto this critique page rather than the
"in theme" page. If a viewer sees the "in theme" page they tend
to look around the rest of the FBN site. If they hit the critique
page they don't tend to view any other pages. It is apparent the
viewers would prefer the "in theme" page rather than the critique page
but the search engines continue to drop viewers into the critique page
no matter what I do. I have even tried to put the content of the
critique page page into the "in theme" page as invisible text.