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the-greatest-scams - Pious Scammer Bernie Ebers (Part 1)

Pious Scammer Bernie Ebers (Part 1)

Eleven billion dollars is the damage that Ebers Bernhard, head of WorldCom, a telecommunications corporation, brought to his investors. Ebbers himself admitted that he failed to have learnt the tricks...

the-greatest-scams - William “520 per cent” Miller and his Franklin Syndicate

William “520 per cent” Miller and his Franklin Syndicate

Although many people think that it was Carlo Charles Ponzi who invented the Ponzi scheme, William “520 per cent” Miller and his Franklin Syndicate scam may have given Ponzi the example for...


the-greatest-scams - European Kings Club: Ponzi Scheme on a Queen Scale

European Kings Club: Ponzi Scheme on a Queen Scale

A non-profit association the European Kings Club (EKC) was organized by Damara Bertges and Hans Gunther Shpahtholtsem in 1992 and positioned as a real force opposing the major European banks able to h...

the-greatest-scams - The Mona Lisa Scam

The Mona Lisa Scam

Eduardo de Valfierno, who called himself Marquez, was an Argentine conman who had allegedly planned and carried out the theft of the Mona Lisa.He hired Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian who worked as a se...

the-greatest-scams - Boy Band Mogul Lou Pearlman’s Ponzi Scheme

Boy Band Mogul Lou Pearlman’s Ponzi Scheme

Most of you are sure to have never heard of Louis Jay “Lou” Perlman, but he created successful 1990s boy bands he Backstreet Boys and NSYNC familiar to many. He became known for a criminal...

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.I...

the-greatest-scams - Victor Lustig: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower Twice (Part 1)

Victor Lustig: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower Twice (Part 1)

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 - Dona Branca’s Ponzi Scheme

Dona Branca’s Ponzi Scheme

Maria Branca dos Santos, a common Portuguese woman, commonly referred to as Dona Branca, decided to enrich herself by opening her own bank in 1970.We do not know much about the origins of Mary Branca ...

the-greatest-scams - The South Sea Company Bubble

The South Sea Company Bubble

In 1711 lord Robert Harley Duke, Chancellor of the Exchequer, founded the South Sea company. He planned to play on human trust as a year before John Law did in France (referring to the Mississipp...

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