Top 5 Greatest Impostors in History
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was one of the most audacious con men in American history. He made his living selling New York's public landmarks to unwary tourists. His favorite object for sale was the Brooklyn Bridge, which he sold twice a week for years. He convinced his marks that they could make a fortune by controlling access to the roadway. More than once police had to roust naive buyers from the bridge as they tried to erect toll barriers.
Gregor McGregor, ( Protected content )
This man owes his notoriety to an audacious scam, the 'colonisation' in the Protected content of an inhospitable part of the Mosquito Coast of Central America. MacGregor's venture was at best misleading, at worst criminal, costing many lives and swindling hundreds of thousands of pounds in loans on the back of fraudulent land sales. This handsome portrait, however, predates these scandalous events. MacGregor is shown as a young soldier, in the uniform of the 57th Regiment of Foot, but perhaps his features already suggest extreme self-confidence.
Victor Lustig (January 4, Protected content March 11, Protected content
is held to have been one of the most talented confidence tricksters who ever lived. He is best known as "the man who sold the Eiffel Tower".
Frank William Abagnale, Jr. (born April 27, Protected content
is an American security consultant and former check confidence trickster, forger and impostor. He became notorious in the Protected content for passing bad checks worth about $2.5 million in 26 countries over the course of five years. During this time, he used at least eight aliases to cash bad checks.
Cassie L. Chadwick (October 10, Protected content October 10, Protected content
is the most famous name of a Canadian-born woman who defrauded Cleveland-area banks by claiming to be an illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie.