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Amy Reading
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Amy Reading has a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University. She
is the author of The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning
Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con
(Knopf). She can be found at amyreading.com.

Blog Entries by Amy Reading

Why I'm Glad I Was Swindled

(5) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 6:08 PM

The con that ensnared me was a mundane one, which made it all the more undetectable. It wasn't an ungrammatical email promising fantastic riches, but a perfectly ordinary financial transaction with two very nice people.

My husband and I were long-distance landlords for a tiny apartment building in the Middle...

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The 12 Best Con Artist Schemes Ever

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 5:49 PM

America has always admired a good confidence artist, that sleek and clever shyster whose fancy words promise a golden future. He is the bad-boy cousin of the self-made men, and a direct descendent of mythic anti-heroes like cowboys or noir detectives, who exploit the ragged edges of the modern world....

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