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Perhaps you've thought to yourself how nice it would be to be somebody else from time to time. As the New York Times points out, disappearing with a new identity isn't that hard. The Times talked to Bob Burton, president of the highly regarded bounty hunting company U.S.
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(iStockphoto) In the Boston Globe , Andrea Estes and Scott Allen write about how people have been taking advantage of a statistical quirk in the rules of an obscure Massachusetts Lottery game called Cash WinFall . A Michigan couple in their 70s, Marjorie and Gerald Selbee , spent three days buying more than $600,000 in Cash WinFall tickets from two convenience stores in Sunderland, Mass.
A confidence trick ( synonyms include confidence scheme and scam ) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence . A confidence artist (or con artist ) is an individual, operating alone or in concert with others, who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty , honesty , vanity , compassion , credulity , irresponsibility , naïveté , or greed . [ edit ] Terminology The perpetrator of a confidence trick is often referred to as a confidence (or "con") man, woman or artist, or a "grifter". The first known usage of the term "confidence man" in English was in 1849 in New York City .
This is a list of Ponzi schemes , fraudulent investment operations that pay returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. [ edit ] Historical examples [ edit ] 19th century Before Charles Ponzi, in 1899 William "520 Percent" Miller opened for business as the "Franklin Syndicate" in Brooklyn, New York . Miller promised 10% a week interest and exploited some of the main themes of Ponzi schemes such as customers reinvesting the interest they made. He defrauded buyers out of $1 million and was sentenced to jail for 10 years.
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