William Thompson (confidence man)
Operating in New York City in the late 1840s, a genteelly dressed Thompson would approach an upper-class mark, pretending they knew each other, and begin a brief conversation. After initially gaining the mark's trust, Thompson would ask whether he had the confidence to lend Thompson his watch. Upon taking the watch, Thompson would depart, never returning the watch.
- Halttunen, Karen (1982). Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870. Yale University Press. p. 6.
- Orbach, Barak; Braucher, Jean (2015-08-01). "Scamming: The Misunderstood Confidence Man". Rochester, NY. Cite journal requires
- Halttunen 1982, pp. 6–7.
- "Arrest of the Confidence Man". The Lost Museum, (GMU). Police Intelligence. New York Herald. July 8, 1849.