World's 5 Smartest Con Artists - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Con artists come in all varieties - from the ones who sell you world famous landmarks to others who take away your retirement funds with a smile. Here are 5 of the world's greatest con artists:
Number 5 is Frank Abagnale, a former con man who cashed phony checks worth $2.5 million in every US state and in 26 countries. In addition, he impersonated as a pilot, a college professor, an attorney, and a doctor. Steven Spielberg's film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks is based on Abagnale's life story. After serving a prison time of 5 years, he has been working with the FBI on combating check forgery for almost 35 years now.
Number 4 - Victor Lustig. Born in Austria-Hungary, his first con involved selling a fake 'money box' which could print $100 bills. He was able to fool the rich and wealthy into buying the box for a price as high as $10,000, sometimes even more. In 1925, Victor was even able to sell the Eiffel Tower to a French scrap dealer for $70,000.
Number 3 - Gregor MacGregor posed as the ruler of a fictitious country in Central America called Poyais. He was able to convince investors and immigrants into buying land in his imaginary country. Gregor backed up his story with a guidebook containing details on Poyais. Between 1822 and 1833, over 200 settlers sailed for Poyais, only to discover that it was nothing but a fake country.
Number 2 - George C. Parker. This con man made his living by selling New York landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Interestingly, he was able to sell Brooklyn Bridge twice. Parker convinced his potential buyers into buying the landmarks by producing impressive replicas of legitimate documents.
Number 1 - Bernie Madoff - Madoff was an eminent figure in the security industry who also served as the vice chairman of NASD. It turned out he orchestrated one of the largest ponzi schemes ever, costing many large firms and thousands of individual investors $50 billion in total. According to SEC, "Madoff's investors' phony account statements showed moderate, but consistently positive returns — even during turbulent market conditions". He is currently serving a prison sentence of 150 years.
I know a guy that prints his own money, ships oil to United States when we have oil here, ships off trillions dollars, starves out countries. he's king of earth you no him as your father the devil Lucifer
The biggest offender and supporters of these fraud scams are the Attorney Generals, FBI, FTC, etc who treat crime and fraud as civil cases and do not adequately investigate complaints filed and prosecute the bastards. I recently filed a complaint with all these Gov bodies about being ripped off of $22,500 across interstate lines, fraudulently. FBI & FTC failed to even respond to my complaint. AG of Phoenix, AZ just said they will treat it as a civil consumer complaint. THIS WAS CLEAR FRAUD with all proof in B&W that was provided to all the Gov bodies above, The perpetrator got me to wire funds and then went in to hiding. Criminals know they can get away with crime and that is why millions of dollars is lost to these con man because law enforcement spend more time and money issuing speeding tickets and bullying innocent motorist and drinking free coffee all day. They make most easy money in literally thousands of $$$ with detail!!! Tax payer ripoff........
Manoel Pinto a few years back I had no home so this guy I knew who liked me was leaving his apartment and told me I could stay there if I gave 600 which I did. he kept acting shady though and wouldn't write it down on paper that I gave the money and I knew right then it was shady but I had no where else to go and ignored my gut. he was angry I didn't like him like that and wouldn't hook up with him i was freaked out by him he would literally stalk me and come on really strong. so he saw I had nowhere to go took advantage of that bc he also saw that I was making money and he was about to lose his place bc he was a bum. so he later stole the few things I had there like my blankets and few things of clothes and stuff and when I freaked out he came there with his guy cousin and beat me up all around apartment tearing the place up then threw me down three flights of stairs and out onto street and my dad came and called police and guess what they did? nothing. they didn't even get out of their car or write a report bc the guy lived in that area his whole life and apparently talked to them before I did and told them some story about me I'm not sure what it was exactly they just said they already knew about me or something but if I was a cop I'd find it a little shady for someone to call me and tell me not to believe someone if they were to make complaint and then have that person they just talked about come and tell me they were robbed and beaten by them. but that's how it is and nothing ever happened I never got my money back either. the guy turned out to be a druggie fiend and spent all of my hard earned money I needed to survive on drugs. so I learned to never trust ppl when it comes to money. and I mean nobody. the more the money the more you got to lose but ppl will rob you for 20$.
Manoel Pinto why would u give someone 22k and think it was a good idea? jeez that sucks that's why u gotta b smart and know when something sounds fishy. sucks that u had to lose so much to learn that lesson though.
+Flintlox I don't know I don't consider the Nigerian or Indian con artist that great most people can see right through them but the reason they are not caught because of their lack of laws that protect them.
what about D.B Cooper? should have at least an honourable mention. who knows how much was lost from the drag created when all Boeing 727s were fitted with an aerodynamic airstair lock designed to prevent the airstairs from opening in flight as cooper did to escape with 200,000 dollars in flight. lol
You need to a video on the most ignorant people who are the victims of massive scams.
Those are the idiots who fall prey to Farrakhan´s fairy tale cult. The nation of phony islam claims that they have 1501 spaceships built in 1929 in Japan with the sole purpose of killing the white race. Flip out by what filth waits around the corner in your neighborhood. Let´s give them a one way ticket to Liberia before they get ebola under control.
+Rodonal Ducuate I agree, and the pyramid of "power" which is directly influenced by money. It is why the "elites" are evil and corrupt. Once you have unlimited amount of money and have all the materialist things, you become evil and start going against the bottom of the pyramid because all that greed makes you feel like you are more of a human, even though you are not at all and we are all equal. It's a false perception
Name-Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava
Birthplace- Bangra Village,Siwan,Bihar
Most notable events in his conman career was selling repeatedly the Taj Mahal thrice, the Red Fort twice, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members once respectively.Can you guys believe that,Someone selling these monuments in Real Life–He was a Living Legend and I will not be wrong to call him a Legend after his death.He was arrested several times and each time he just con the Police and The Police were left with no idea where he vanish.According to reports he was last seen on 24th June 1996 while he was being transported from prison to hospital for treatment.He vanished from custody that day at the New Delhi Railway station when he was being taken on a wheelchair from Kanpur to AIIMS for treatment. He was 84 of age at that time.He was a master of disguises,used more than 50 aliases and used novel ideas to cheat and was master in forging signatures of famous personalities.His cheated list include Birlas and Dhirubhai Ambani and he cheated them by posing as Social Worker,He even cheated many shop-owners lakhs of rupees,paying them by cheque or demand drafts which were usually forged.
+wishenfishen2 Interesting comment. However so far only blah blah blah. It seems that you made the research already that you tell us to do. Why don't you just share your proving information and post the links instead of talking like an expert without anything substantial? :-)
+wishen4fishen2 These "world smartest con artists" are not even that smart. They got played by those who know how to "con" the conman. They use them as distractions so that the real con artists continue to con the world.
I’m over the junk spammy links on here. Surely individuals need to see verification that cash is now being created with these strategies. I’ve not seen that anywhere except for the Zutore Cash System site (Google it!) Am I a millionaire? Hell no… Although I did manage to resigned from my job to attempt this web marketing thing. Does all the bullshit aggravate anyone else?
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