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10 Most Dangerous Con Men In The History Of Mankind

Some do crime because they love money and a luxurious life. While few do crime because they find this as challenging and they love the thrill that comes with it. 

10 Most Dangerous Con Men In The History Of Mankind

10 Most Dangerous Con Men In The History Of Mankind

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Have you seen White Collar?

Have you seen White Collar?

White Collar is a USA based network television serial where Agent Burke, FBI agent teams up with a smart con man, Neal Caffrey. Neal has a dozen of aliases, and he loves forgery, art theft and other crimes. Neal got a chance of his life when Agent Burke asked him to work for the White Collar Division of FBI. While we hope that you enjoyed all the seasons of White Collar, we present the best con men of all time!

#1) James Arthur Hogue (born October 22, 1959)

#1) James Arthur Hogue (born October 22, 1959)

Hogue is a US impostor who famously entered Princeton University by posing as a self-taught orphan. He was arrested for defrauding the university for $30,000 in financial aid and sentenced to three years in jail with 5 years probation and 100 hours of community service. He later managed to get the job of a security guard at Harvard University's on campus museum. He was soon accused of stealing rare gems from the museum and replacing them with inexpensive fakes.

#2) Frank Abagnale ( Born 1948)

#2) Frank Abagnale ( Born 1948)

Have you seen 'Catch Me If You Can'? The character played by Leonardo Dicaprio is this guy! He is one of the most famous impostors of U.S. of all times. He has eight aliases, which include including an airline pilot, lawyer and U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent. One of his most famous tricks was to print his own account number on fake bank deposit slips so that when clients of the bank deposited money, it would actually go in to his account. By the time the banks realized what had happened, Frank had taken $40,000 and vanished. He is currently a consultant and lecturer for the FBI academy and field offices. He also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company.

#3) Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949)

#3) Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949)

The man behind the famous 'Ponzi Scheme'. He used to pay early investors using the investments of later investors, a practice known as "robbing Peter to pay Paul."

#4) Victor Lustig (January 4, 1890 – March 11, 1947)

#4) Victor Lustig (January 4, 1890 – March 11, 1947)

He's the "Man who sold Eiffel Tower twice". Lustig had a forger produce fake government stationery for him and invited six scrap metal dealers to a confidential meeting to deal for the Eiffel Tower.

#5) Natwarlal (1912–2009)

#5) Natwarlal (1912–2009)

The famous Indian con man known for having repeatedly "sold" the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and the Rashtrapati Bhavan and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members.

#6) George C. Parker (1870–1936)

#6) George C. Parker (1870–1936)

Parker was one of the most audacious con men in American history. He made his living selling New York's public landmarks to unwary tourists. His favorite object for sale was the Brooklyn Bridge, which he sold twice a week for years. He convinced his marks that they could make a fortune by controlling access to the roadway. Other public landmarks he sold included the original Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grant's Tomb, and the Statue of Liberty.

#7) Eduardo de Valfierno

#7) Eduardo de Valfierno

He was the mastermind behind the theft of Mona Lisa. He sold six copies of the painting to six different foreign men, claiming each copy to be an original. He paid several men to steal the work of art from the Louvre, including museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia.

#8) Steven Jay Russell (born September 14, 1957)

#8) Steven Jay Russell (born September 14, 1957)

He is known for escaping prison multiple times. He is a U.S. con artist. As of 2010, Russell, Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Polunsky Unit, on 23-hour lockup, only having one free hour a day to shower and exercise, to stop him from escaping.

#9) Jeanne of Valois-Saint-Rémy (22 July 1756– 23 August 1791)

#9) Jeanne of Valois-Saint-Rémy (22 July 1756– 23 August 1791)

Accompanied by her husband, she became the Mastermind behind the 'Affair of the Diamond Necklace', which resulted in the French Revolution. She managed to escape prison disguised as a boy after being accused for the con of the necklace. She later wrote a book 'Memoires Justificatifs de La Comtesse de Valois de La Motte' justifying her theft.

#10) William Chaloner (1650s, or 1665–1699)

#10) William Chaloner (1650s, or 1665–1699)

He was a serial counterfeit coiner and confidence trickster, who was imprisoned in Newgate Prison several times and eventually proven guilty of high treason by Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the Royal Mint. He's the man behind "Royal Mint Scam', 'Anti-Jacobite Scam', 'Bank of England scams' and 'Lottery Ticket Scam'.

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