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One Rose for Michael and a Million Thorns for Your Heart

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Rev Dr Catherine M Gross

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Posing as someone you're not is one of the oldest con tricks in the book. Sometimes they're convincing, sometimes not:

A New Yorker claiming to be veteran popster Paul Simon entered Simon's bank and presented a forged check for $4,300. Problem -- the rock star is 68 and 5ft 3in tall, the impostor was 54 and 6ft 1in tall.

Obviously not "Born at the Right Time" (look it up!).

Get out of jail -- but not for free. A conman convinced officials at a Mississippi jail that he was an agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. They let him speak with prisoners; he told the crooks he could help get them released -- for a hefty fee.

The wily jailbirds, though, were not as easily fooled as the prison authorities and reported him.

In Staffordshire, England, a woman posed as the twin daughters of poet TS Elliot, among many other aliases, to pull off a series of frauds.

Trouble was, the poet never had any daughters and, as some of her victims noticed, the "twins" were never seen together.

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