The 9 Most Successful Con Men In History [Photos]

Some people take the phrase “fake it ’til you make it” to its extreme. And, well, it definitely got them somewhere. Straight to jail in most cases.

Check out the most infamous con men and women over the last 200 years:

Charles Ponzi

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Wikimedia Commons

I mean, if you have an entire con game named after you – a Ponzi scheme – you are probably pretty infamous. Ponzi came to America in 1903 with $2.51 in his pocket. However, ┬áhe quickly became a millionaire when he promised investors incredible returns on their investments – 50-100%. While there were some weak investigations, Ponzi was able to continue the game for years – pocketing people’s money without the intent to do anything with it other than keep it for himself.

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