The Greatest Scams

From this section you will learn everything about the greatest financial fraudsters and their scams.

the-greatest-scams - Therese Ember: The Greatest 19th Century Financial Scam

Therese Ember: The Greatest 19th Century Financial Scam

At the heart of the financial pyramid there is always a legend about how high returns are provided. Theresa Amber, French by origin, was a real master of it. Teresa made up a story — how appeari...

the-greatest-scams - The Kubus Scheme: The Greatest Scam of the 80’s

The Kubus Scheme: The Greatest Scam of the 80’s

The Kubus scheme, a Ponzi scheme that started in South Africa in the 1980s and was extended to the United States. Even to this day it remains one of the biggest scam in the history of both countries. ...

the-greatest-scams - Playboy and Conman Bernie Kornfeld

Playboy and Conman Bernie Kornfeld

Bernard „Bernie“ Kornfeld was a prominent businessman and international financier who sold investments in US mutual funds. Bernard was born in Turkey. After moving to the US, he began work...

the-greatest-scams - ‘MI5 agent’ Conman Robert Hendy-Freegard

‘MI5 agent’ Conman Robert Hendy-Freegard

Robert Hendy-Freegard is a British conman who posed as an MI5 agent, Special Branch or Scotland Yard working against IRA. Having got control over victims, he went to the end, depriving them of the rem...

the-greatest-scams - George Parker’s Brooklyn Bridge Scheme

George Parker’s Brooklyn Bridge Scheme

George Parker is the American swindler famous as the most intelligent and ingenious con man of the 20th century. George earned his fortune solely on the trust of people, and his only crime was forging...

the-greatest-scams - Victor Lustig: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower Twice

Victor Lustig: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower Twice

Victor Lustig is always mentioned in the lists of the most outstanding cons of the world. He was arrested about 50 times, but each time he was released for lack of evidence, because he was a perfectio...

the-greatest-scams - Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil: King of the Con Men

Joseph “Yellow Kid” Weil: King of the Con Men

Who could have thought that Joseph Weil (1875 — 1976), a brilliant swindler known in the criminal world of the early twentieth century as the Yellow Kid, honestly referred to as “scam King...

the-greatest-scams - Quackery: From Renaissance to the Present Day (Part 2)

Quackery: From Renaissance to the Present Day (Part 2)

This is the part 2 of the article. Read the Part 1. The beginning of the twentieth century was the era of patent medicines sold everywhere in pharmacies, by mail, by the method of direct sel...

the-greatest-scams - Quackery: From Renaissance to the Present Day (Part 1)

Quackery: From Renaissance to the Present Day (Part 1)

Renaissance brought with it a tremendous faith in the human mind possibilities, which countless fraudsters took advantage pretending to be inventors of miraculous elixirs. Since then science reached t...

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