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The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Monkeys pick cotton, a 19th-century urban legend
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Scams in the News
I'm sure everyone has heard by now of Bernard Madoff's $50 billion Ponzi Scheme, which is being described as the biggest scam in Wall Street history. It's already old news. So here are some other scam-related links:

• Slate offers a brief Guide to Financial Scams, explaining the difference between a Ponzi Scheme and a Pyramid Scheme. (Ponzi schemes funnel money to a single person; pyramid schemes distribute the money among a larger group of people.)

• The Wall Street Journal tells the story of the Ponzi Scheme that wiped out the fortune of President Ulysses S. Grant.

• It doesn't compare to Madoff, but a payroll manager has been accused of embezzling $3 million by depositing wages into the accounts of non-existent employees.

• A California woman had a website on which she was offering bargain rates for advertising space in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. But it wasn't that much of a bargain considering the ads never appeared in either publication.
Categories: Scams
Posted by The Curator on Fri Dec 19, 2008
Comments (1)
Interesting that the woman charged with fraudulently selling ad space in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal is going to plead not guilty.
Posted by Captain Al  in  Vancouver Island, Canada  on  Sun Dec 28, 2008  at  02:34 PM
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