Who Are Some Well-Known Historical Scammers?

Who Are Some Well-Known Historical Scammers?

The most infamous con artists and scammers in history include Frank Abagnale, Charles Ponzi and Eduardo de Valfierno, according to The Telegraph. Abagnale, perhaps the best known of the three, was so well-known that Hollywood produced the movie "Catch Me If You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, to tell his story.

In the 1960s, Abagnale gained notoriety after he passed a total of $2.5 million in bad checks in five years across 26 countries, reports The Telegraph. At the time he began his check fraud scheme, Abagnale was only 16 years old. De Valfierno was an Argentinean con man who plotted to steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. De Valfierno created six copies of the famed painting and, after paying a museum employee to steal the original, sold each of his copies to buyers who thought they were purchasing the genuine da Vinci piece.