Money doesn’t grow on trees, so take care of yours. Don’t let yourself scammed easily (better said, at all). In this world where you can have all the information you need, it would be a pity to be robbed. In order to know what kind of people to avoid when making new connections (or among those you know for a long time), we want to offer you some details about the most famous con men ever, those that managed to make fortunes out of other people’s innocence and trust.
You may wonder what does the Eiffel Tower has to do with a con man. Well, you will understand immediately.
Victor Lustig could be named a professional con after what he did. He was very smart and charming and he talked several languages. He had Czech origins, but he “worked” in Paris and New York. His first scam was selling a machine which supposedly copied 100 dollar bills. He was always complaining of the fact that it took the machine 6 hours to create a bill, but clients didn’t mind. He sold several “money-making machines” for about 30,000 dollars each. All the boxes (machines) had in them 2 bills, so after 12 hours, the naive that payed for such things received just white paper. That was enough time for Lustig to dissapear.
But his most important con was… selling the Eiffel Tower. In 1925 he read about the fact that the tower’s maintenance is very costly. He posed as an official of Paris and invited six scrap metal dealers to talk about a business involving the monument. One of them was so gullible that he offered Lustig a suitcase full of cash in exchange of the Eiffel Tower. As you probably know, the tower is still in its place.
Leonardo di Caprio, is that you? Yes, he is and you will immediately understand what Abagnale has to do with the actor.
He coned banks, airlines and he posed as a doctor and as a lawyer. He managed to raise a fortune of almost 3 million dollars. He was caught when he was recognized in France after someone saw his face on a poster with wanted people. At the time he was arrested, he was expected to be judged in 12 countries.
Leonardo di Caprio played Frank Abagnale in a movie called Catch Me If You Can.
A pyramid is what inspired Charles Ponzi in creating the famous Ponzi scheme.
He took money from people promising them a profit of 50% in 45 days and even 100% in 90 days. Actually, he paid the early investors from the money given by the later investors and so on. At some point, Ponzi made about 250,000 dollars per day, in 1920. He was eventually caught and locked in jail, and released later. His scheme didn’t work forever and he died poor.
Cons are not beggars, so take care of your money. Cons are intelligent and deceiving and may trick you without you even knowing it until they’re gone with your money. These presented above were some of the smartest, but you can meet cons anywhere and anywhere. Don’t believe all that you hear and see and keep a track of your finances and you will be just fine.