A swindler (詐欺師 sagishi, also numerously known as a charlatan, deceiver, conman, cheater, mountebank, etc.) is a person practicing quackery (the promotion of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices) or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. In usage, a subtle difference is drawn between the swindler and other kinds of confidence trickster. The swindler is usually a salesperson.
They don't try to create a personal relationship with their marks, or set up an elaborate hoax using roleplaying. Rather, the person called a charlatan is being accused of resorting to quackery, pseudoscience, or some knowingly employed bogus means of impressing people in order to swindle their victims by selling them worthless nostrums and similar goods or services that will not deliver on the promises made for them.
The word calls forth the image of an old-time medicine show operator, who has long since left town by the time the people who bought his "snake oil" or similarly named tonic realize that it does not perform as advertised. In reported spiritual communications, a charlatan is a person who fakes evidence that a spirit is "making contact" with the medium and seekers. This has been challenged successfully by skeptics who wrote passwords and gave them to people of trust, containing a password that should be spoken by the person if they ever tried to make contact, to validate the truth of the claim. No such claim has been verified.
Swindlers in the Len'en Project
Jun Amanomiya is a rain youkai that makes it rain in order to sell their raingear. It was described that their occupation is being a swindler. Despite being a rain youkai, they hate rain and moisture because it makes their clothes wet. But if they don't make it rain, they can't make a living.
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- Wikipedia entry for Charlatan