Links to the Con
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
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
by Mitchell Zuckoff in the New Yorker
How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian 419 scheme
by Bryan Burrough in Vanity Fair
Robert Allen Stanford—the Madoff wannabe
by Diana B. Henriques in the New York Times
The Amish Ponzi scheme; or, Capitalism, the equal opportunity corrupter
by Adam Green in the New Yorker
Apollo Robbins steals from you for fun, not profit
Created by Nicholas J. Jonson, Australia’s Honest Con Man, this website is perhaps most useful for its list of swindler movies.
by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone
Just what you suspected: the financial industry bailout is a Ponzi scheme
by Daniel Kahneman in the New York Times Magazine
Magicians and con men: 1; Malcolm Gladwell: 0
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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