Beggars, Cheats and Forgers

Beggars, Cheats and Forgers

A History of Frauds Through the Ages

Paperback175pp Illustrated

9781781593271     Product Code: 225075


Identity theft and pyramid schemes seem very modern problems, but such scams rely on the same techniques that have been used by fraudsters throughout history to exploit their victims' greed, vanity or naivety. David Thomas has delved into the National Archives to uncover the stories behind a host of cons, forged documents and fraudulent beggars – as well as a 70-year spate of 'Spanish prisoner' letters, the Victorian ancestors of today's emails from Nigerian princes.

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