List of con artists

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This is a list of notable individuals who exploited confidence tricks.

Born in the 18th century or earlier[edit]

  • William Chaloner (1650s/1665 – 1699): Serial counterfeiter and confidence trickster proven guilty by Sir Isaac Newton[1]
  • Gregor MacGregor (1786–1845): Scottish con man who tried to attract investment and settlers for the non-existent country of "Poyais"[2]

Born or active in the 19th century[edit]

Born or active in the 20th century[edit]

Living people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; Paul Hopkins and Stuart Handley, 'Chaloner, William (d. 1699)'
  2. ^ "Document of the Month January 2005". The Scottish Executive. January 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
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  4. ^ Byrnes, Thomas (1886), Professional Criminals of America, New York: Cassell & Company, pp. 200–201 .
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  8. ^ Zuckoff, Mitchell (March 8, 2005). "Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend". Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6039-7. 
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  11. ^ Weil, Joseph (1948). "Yellow Kid" Weil: The Autobiography of America's Master Swindler. Ziff-Davis. ISBN 0-7812-8661-1. 
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  18. ^ "Fake spy guilty of kidnapping con". BBC. 2005-06-23. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  19. ^ "Princeton 'Student' Gets Jail Sentence". The New York Times. 1992-10-25. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
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  21. ^ "Ex-NY hedge fund head who fled admits $4M swindle". Crain's New York Business. March 16, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
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  24. ^ Associated Press "Lawsuit by Salinger muzzles his imitator" Ottawa Citizen November 5, 1982, p. 65, col. 1
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  26. ^ "Madoff Confessed $50 Billion Fraud Before FBI Arrest". Bloomberg. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
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  28. ^ Schwartz, Dan (August 2007). "From Grifter To Guinness". Providence Monthly: 14. 
  29. ^ Perry, Rachel (January 17, 2007). "Matt The Knife: Fire-Teething Never Looked So Good". Play (Philadelphia Edition): 10–12. 
  30. ^ Leung, Rebecca (May 22, 2005). "It Takes One To Know One". 60 Minutes. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/it-takes-one-to-know-one-19-05-2005/.
  31. ^ Gorman, Anna (2001-12-01). "Rapist in Sex Scam Case Sentenced to Life in Prison". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  32. ^ Liston, Barbara (2008-05-21). "Boy band mogul Pearlman sentenced to 25 years". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  33. ^ "Master Manipulator". Texas Observer. 2003-07-03. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  34. ^ John Stossel; Glenn Ruppel; Frank Mastropolo (January 20, 2006). "King Con – Selling Questionable Cures?". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  35. ^ Warner, Melanie (August 28, 2005). "After Jail and More, Salesman Scores Big With Cure-All Book". New York Times. 
  36. ^ "FTC: Marketer Kevin Trudeau Violated Prior Court Order". Federal Trade Commission. September 14, 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  37. ^ "Alert over Italian soccer 'star'". BBC News. 10 October 2005.