Top 10 Greatest Impostors in History

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Victor Lustig (1890-1947) is held to have been one of the most talented confidence tricksters who ever lived. Lustig’s first con involved selling a $30,000 money-printing machine that didn’t worked well.

In 1925, Lustig’s master con began when he was reading a newspaper: an article discussed the problems the city was having maintaining the Eiffel Tower. So he adopted the persona of a government official, and sent six scrap metal dealers an invitation to discuss a possible business deal.

Lustig told the group that the upkeep on the Eiffel Tower was so outrageous that the city could not maintain it any longer, and wanted to sell it for scrap. So he sold the Eiffel Tower to one of the scrap metal dealers and took a train to Vienna with the suitcase full of cash. The buyer was too humiliated to complain to the police.