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Beggars, Cheats and Forgers

A History of Frauds Through the Ages

David Thomas

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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  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
  • Year: 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 175pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • ISBN: 9781781593271
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.3kg
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