Bob was a con man. That’s not how he would have described himself. He would have told you that he was a visionary and hero — someone who sought out new frontiers […]
At some point in every history class, the subject invariably comes up that Manhattan Island was purchased from naive Native Americans by savvy Europeans for mere pocket change. When you hear about […]
Johannes Gutenberg (circa 1400 – February 3, 1468) was responsible for one of the pivotal inventions in all of history: the moveable-type printing press. That invention, more than any other, allowed mankind […]
On the surface, it seems too incredible to actually be a fraud. There is the barest hint of the possibility of truth, that you find yourself thinking, “Maybe I really am a […]
Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava (1912-2009), also known as “Natwarlal,” was a noted Indian con man who repeatedly sold the Taj Mahal; the Red Fort; the Indian presidential residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan; and the Parliament […]
One of the most successful con men of all time was the Scotsman Gregor MacGregor (1786-1845). Among his most successful and notorious scams was to encourage investment in the fictional country of […]
Victor Lustig was one of the most successful con men of all time.