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These are some of the popular names of conmen known for their uncanny ability to swindle and con people off their money.
In this piece, here are some of the greatest con men of all time, both alive and dead.
George C. Parker
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Ranked as one of the most successful conmen in the history of the United States, he sold the Brooklyn Bridge Twice in one week to different buyers!
Parker had a knack for convincing his victims of the huge fortune they could make from controlling access to the bridge. Police had to remove several toll booths set up by Parkers various Victims who believed they own the bridge.
Can you beat that?
Other popular structures sold by Parker include the Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Madison Square Garden.
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Known to have pulled off one of the most brazen con schemes in History.
He claimed he was the ruler of a fictional Island known as the Poyais in Central America and even created a guide book about the Island titled “Sketch of the Mosquito Shore”
In the guide book, he stated that the river of Poyais contained goblets of pure Gold. Hundreds of investors put their money into the “fictional Poyais bond”. Some even traveled down to the Island but the only they got was Malaria as they Island was infested with Mosquitoes.
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Ever heard of a Ponzi scheme?
Charles Ponzi made it popular.
Ponzi simply took people’s money and guaranteed a huge return on investment. Meanwhile, all he did was, take the money off new investors and pay earlier investors.
He was reported to have made a million dollars a day but when the scheme finally crashed, Ponzi eventually died in 1949.
Ponzi died Poor!
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He was the one of the most ingenious con men of all time.
Lustig was popular for selling the Eiffel Tower Twice!
He took advantage of the news about the expensive expenses incurred by the maintenance of the Eiffel tower. Lustig convinced his victims that the maintenance of the Tower cost too much and had to be sold for scrap.
He also sold money printing machines which he said could print $100 bills in 6 hours and even scammed the American gangster, Al Capone.
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The only woman on this list of the greatest con of all time is a real proof of the statement, what a man can do, a woman can do better.
Chadwick pulled of one of the greatest con schemes of all time by claiming she was the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie and heir to the $400 Million of the Carnegie’s fortune after his death.
When the news got out, Carnegie showered her with a lot of money but she wanted more.
She scammed many American banks to the tune of 10-20 million of dollars with her fake identity.