Roger Cook's Greatest Conmen : True Stories of the World's Most Outrageous Scams Paperback
by Roger Cook, Tim Tate
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 292 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 10/05/2010
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781844549580