Roger Cook's Greatest Conmen : True Stories of the World's Most Outrageous Scams, Paperback

Roger Cook's Greatest Conmen : True Stories of the World's Most Outrageous Scams Paperback

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For more than 500 years con artists have been parting the greedy, gullible, unwary or soft-hearted from their money.

From the very first recorded con - the Elizabethan-era 'Spanish Prisoner Scam' - to today's hi-tech online swindles, grifters have become ever-more inventive in their scope, scale and ambition. Their stories are remarkable - from the tale of Gregor MacGregor, the man who invented a fictional South American country, raised international loans on behalf of its 'government' and sold much of its (non-existent) land to would-be settlers in the 1820s, to Peter Foster, the king of bogus slimming 'cures' and friend of Page 3 models and a certain Prime Minister's wife.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 292 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9781844549580

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