Victor Lustig—recidivist and media legend.

Victor Lustig Born on January 4, 1890 in Hostinné, now a part of the Czech Republic, Victor Lustig is favored with legend status by the media at large. For many of his frauds, he posed as a count of eastern European origins. What he really was, is a sharp little crook who enjoyed a [...]

BBC radio probe exposes major UK fraud.

Out of the blue, BBC fraud news reporter Shari Vahl got a call from a telemarketer selling a “solid” gold investment. She knew straightaway it was a scam and played along. The firm claimed to be based in London’s Hatton Garden. They “guaranteed” a return of 15% in 60 days. Like so many [...]

Frank Abagnale Jr.

Frank Abagnale Jr. The model reformed recidivist Full Name: Frank William Abagnale Jr. Location: Bronxville, NY Background: Frank Abagnale Jr. is best known by Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of him in the Blockbuster hit film Catch Me if You Can. The film was based on Abagnale’s life during the 1960’s when he swindled millions as [...]

Job seekers targeted in employment scam—one jailed and three sought.

Employment scams are, sadly, becoming more and more commonplace. Fraudsters target jobseekers who have posted their CVs or resumes on job sites. They contact victims via email, using falsified company logos and offer exceptional salaries and benefits. After luring their victim, the fraudsters ask for fees. They say that these fees will cover work [...]

Former drug smuggler involved in $1.67 million stolen car sales scheme.

Michael Munday is a former drug smuggler. He and seven others were involved in a $1.67 million fraud scheme. In this scheme, the group bought cars through straw buyers, purchased other vehicles from owners struggling to pay their loans, and even stole some cars. The cars were then moved from Missouri to Florida and [...]

Las Vegas man posed as former FBI agent to defraud five undocumented immigrants.

Between 2014 and 2016, David Thomas defrauded five undocumented immigrants, telling them he could provide them with permanent legal resident status in the US. He said that he could obtain permanent resident status through a company called Can You Hear Me Crying. Thomas collected over $3,500 from his victims, and told them that he [...]