Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

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Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby MrRene » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:26 am

http://timesbusiness.typepad.com/money_weblog/2009/03/1-buy-brooklyn-bridge---george-c-parker--2-the-poyais-scam---gregor-macgregor--3-selling-the-eiffel-tower---victor-lustig.html

This article lists Madoff only on number 10.

I didn't realize people trying to sell landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or the Brooklyn Bridge were more than just a figure of speech. George C. Parker tops the list for that.

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby fortinbras » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:49 pm

Ronald Reagan sold us on Trickle-Down Economics and the "Peace Shield".

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby Demosthenes » Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:27 pm

What the Capn said about political hijacking.

I've moved the thread to the appropriate investment scam forum.
Demo.

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby jimni » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:26 pm

Chairman Obama promised free bubble up and rainbow stew.

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby Leftcoaster » Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:44 pm

How about Gary Bettman?
He's convinced a number of otherwise sane businessmen that you can sell hockey in cities that never see snow.

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby Leftcoaster » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:53 pm

Yes, those teams do okay.
It would be interesting to track how many ex-pat Canadians there are at a Panthers or Ducks game on any given night.

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby webhick » Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:59 pm

Leftcoaster wrote:It would be interesting to track how many ex-pat Canadians there are at a Panthers or Ducks game on any given night.


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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby Judge Roy Bean » Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:07 pm

They missed this one:

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Re: Times "The 10 greatest conmen of all time"

Postby jimni » Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:36 am

And since he screwed my brother-in-law and cousin out of $1M, I nominate Nagy George Shehata as one of the greatest con men who ever lived.


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