Beggars, Cheats and Forgers. A History of Frauds throughout by David Thomas

By David Thomas

Beggars, Cheats and Forgers is made from new learn right into a missed zone of British background: the tales of ancient scams, cheats and forgeries. Former Director of know-how on the nationwide information, David Thomas has delved into the data to discover strange stories, from Tudor id robbery to the Spanish Prisoner letter rip-off of the eighteenth and 19th centuries. This ebook offers an clean tackle legal historical past and the roots of id robbery, e mail scams and pyramid schemes nonetheless hired by way of criminals today.

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Uk Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Greatest Con Men 2. The Document Forgers 3. Begging Letter Writers 4. The Spanish Prisoner 5. Sturdy Beggars 6. Conclusion Appendix: Street Entertainers Bibliography List of Illustrations Illustration by ‘Phiz’ from Charles Dickens’s, Little Dorrit. John Payne Collier’s forged petition, purportedly produced in 1596 by William Shakespeare and his fellow players concerning the Blackfriars Theatre. Confirmation that the 1596 petition was forged.

He was interested in technology at an early stage and in 1970 his brother Peter joined the firm and oversaw its computerization, joining the newly created NASDAQ electronic share dealing system. Madoff always had two sides to his business, a legitimate brokerage business, which bought and sold stocks on behalf of clients, and a huge money management business. Madoff kept the two businesses quite separate, operating the dodgy business from a separate floor in the same building. Many of his employees, including his two sons, worked in the legitimate side of the business; Mark Madoff joined in 1987 and his younger son Andrew in 1989, career choices they would eventually come to bitterly regret.

Richard Watts founded a charity in Rochester, which provided a night’s accommodation plus meals and four pence, to six poor travellers who were neither rogues nor travellers. The interior of a room in Watts’s charity in Rochester. Acknowledgements I should like to thank Simon Fowler for much valuable advice and Andrea Thomas and Amanda Spencer for commenting on the text, Hope Thomas for photography and Philip Hall for map making. Introduction The internet has changed nothing. Despite the widespread belief that it has opened up a whole new realm of criminal activity, there is nothing new about the ways in which people extort money from others by cheating.

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