Links to the Con

 

The Blonger Bros.

by Craig and Scott Johnson
The most comprehensive site on the web about the Big Con, concentrating on Lou Blonger and Denver, with a bottomless trove of photographs, primary documents, biographies, and timelines

 

On Cooling the Mark Out: Some Aspects of Adaptation to Failure

by Erving Goffman
The classic sociological essay that uses the final stage of the Big Con to explain how our culture saves face in situations like firing someone from a job

 

The Perfect Mark

by Mitchell Zuckoff in the New Yorker
How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian 419 scheme

Pirate of the Caribbean

by Bryan Burrough in Vanity Fair
Robert Allen Stanford—the Madoff wannabe

 

Broken Trust in God’s Country

by Diana B. Henriques in the New York Times
The Amish Ponzi scheme; or, Capitalism, the equal opportunity corrupter

 

The Pickpocket’s Tale

by Adam Green in the New Yorker
Apollo Robbins steals from you for fun, not profit

 

The Encyclopedia of Scams

Created by Nicholas J. Jonson, Australia’s Honest Con Man, this website is perhaps most useful for its list of swindler movies.

Secrets and Lies about the Bailout

by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone
Just what you suspected: the financial industry bailout is a Ponzi scheme

 

Don’t Blink! The Hazards of Confidence

by Daniel Kahneman in the New York Times Magazine
Magicians and con men: 1; Malcolm Gladwell: 0

 

When Dickens met Doestoevsky

by Eric Naiman in the TLS
A very, very long con in academia. If no one pays attention to your work, just fake your own audience.

 

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