Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His "trail of cons," for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.
Tag: Con Men
A 23-year-old living in Chile was suddenly attacked and buried alive by her roommate. She later learned she wasn’t his first – or last – victim.
A West Hollywood aesthetician made headlines after allegedly trying to have a business rival killed. But the real story, involving ongoing harassment and a member of the so-called Bling Ring, may be more complicated.
John Beale was an exemplary employee at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also led a double life, though not the rumored one at the CIA his colleagues whispered about.
How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.
A correspondence school for writers turns out to be a sham. This piece forced it into bankruptcy.
A man’s love of pigeons leads him to build a Ponzi scheme out of birds.
Mamoru Samuragochi’s story turned out to be too good to be true.
A draft dodger invents a pop music career for himself – without recording any songs.
During the financial crisis, Sal Pane ran a multimillion-dollar mortgage scam. A few years later, with the help of some high-profile media appearances and a dead man's resume, he won the government contract to clean up Ebola in New York.