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Con Artists

Why Even Smart People Keep Falling For Scams

Nancy LeaMond | Posted 10.17.2014 | Fifty
Nancy LeaMond

n the past year, Americans have lost over $18 billion to fraud, identity theft and various scams. But how? We all know when something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, why do people continue to fall for scams or fail to protect their personal data?

The Con: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, Football, Human Nature

Susan D. Blum | Posted 03.22.2013 | Sports
Susan D. Blum

This story can be spun in dozens of ways. But one thing clearly emerges for me: Humans are vulnerable; we create our reality indirectly, using words and images, building on dreams. By our nature, our language permits the twinned characteristics of fiction and deception.

Social Media Con Artists

John Pavley | Posted 03.22.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

I understand why Lance Armstrong felt he needed to dope. I don't understand why he needed to lie (and tweet) with such conviction that I believed in him. I understand why Manti Te'o needed to build a great "brand." I don't understand why he needed a fake social media girlfriend to do it.

Woman Pays $200 For 'iPad' That's Actually Just A Mirror

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.09.2012 | Money

If you were offered a brand new iPad for $200, would you buy it? What if the offer was made at a gas station? Many of us might not fall for the sal...

Mitt Romney Lands Mega-Star Endorsement! (Video)

Martin Lewis | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Barack Obama may have major star endorsements such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Ben Affleck -- but Mitt Romney has just landed a major endorsement that dwarfs those!2012-10-31-ScreenShot20121031at3.02.08PM.png

The Power of 'Greed'

Stacy Keach | Posted 10.13.2012 | TV
Stacy Keach

Our shows document the stories of fraudsters at large, on the run, who have evaded the authorities. There is a reward offered for information leading to their arrest and conviction. Hopefully, we will be able to apprehend one of them as the result of exposing them.

Why I'm Glad I Was Swindled

Amy Reading | Posted 07.10.2012 | Money
Amy Reading

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.

The 12 Best Con Artist Schemes Ever

Amy Reading | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
Amy Reading

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

Two of Cable's Best Return This Week

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.11.2012 | TV
Jackie K. Cooper

wo of the best shows on cable return this week. They are White Collar and Royal Pains. Both shows have built a loyal fan base over the years, and each show has shown improvement year after year.

Growing Number Of Post50s Falling Victim To Financial Scams

Time | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty

Baby boomers are still looking out for their parents, even as they have fallen into the crosshairs of financial con artists themselves. It's a bona fi...

Top 5 Online And Offline Scams That Target Post50s

The Huffington Post | Evan Allis | Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty

No other demographic falls victim to scams and fraud quite as much as Post50s. Older adults are more likely than their younger counterparts to have ex...

Man Claiming To Investigate Fraud Takes Rest Of Senior's Money

Tinley Park, IL Patch | Paul Dailing | Email the Author | 6:00am | Posted 05.31.2011 | Chicago

A man who claimed to be a private investigator looking into a scam that bilked an 86-year-old Tinley Park woman out of $8,000 took the rest of the wom...

Phony Guggenheim Con Artists Charged In Impersonation Scam

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A woman pretending to be a countess and two con men sought to cheat investors by hyping fictional deals – involving diamonds, c...

When Voters Find Out They've Been Conned

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The same people who paid for the midterm election ads playing on middle class economic insecurity are the people who made the middle class insecure in the first place. This will become cruelly obvious with the new Congress.

Rhonda Byrne Proves There's a Sucker Born Every Minute

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Jim Taylor

From the snake-oil salesmen of the Old West to the grifters of the early 20th century, Rhonda Byrne of The Secret is the latest in a long history of American shakedown artists.

5 Arrested In Book Selling Scam

Lexington Herald-Leader | Josh Kegley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Anthony T. Lackman, Jeremy L. Albertson, Tyler M. Smith, Henry S. Siegman and Justin C. Davidson are charged with theft by deception, engaging in orga...