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Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery: A Selection of the World's Most Outrageous Frauds [Paperback]

Andreas Schroeder
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April 20 1996
Since 1998, Andreas Schroeder has been a regular contributor to CBC-Radio’s “Basic Black,” entertaining listeners with outrageous – and always very funny – tales of daring scams and rip-offs. In Scams, Scandals, and Skulduggery he has collected seventeen of the stories that received the greatest listener response when they were broadcast – what he calls a kind of “Best of Basic Black Scams, Volume 1.”

Stories Include:

Running Away with Mona: How a canny forger and his partner pre-sold six copies of the Mona Lisa to wealthy and secretive collectors – and then arranged the theft of the original to cover their tracks.

For Export Only: How an enterprising cattle breeder “exported” ten cows from Southern to Northern Ireland a thousand times.

The Flea That Roared: How the Grand Principality of Outer Baldonia (off the coast of Nova Scotia) declared war on the U.S.S.R.

The Great Purolator Paper Caper: How a “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” nevertheless managed to pull off the largest single heist of cash in American history.

These tales, and many others, told in Andreas Schroeder’s mischievously deadpan and subversively gleeful style, are sure to delight his many fans and make fans of new readers.

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“Wickedly entertaining reading.”
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“Wickedly entertaining reading.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is no rip-off May 9 2013
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Andreas Schroeder strikes again. The fraud artists who luck in or luck out in amazing fashion are described with delightful style. Just when you thought you knew how gullible or sneaky people can be, there's a new surprise in the next story. This collection includes the full story of Frank Abignail, the "hero" of the file Catch Me If You Can (Leonardo diCaprio) ... except what Frank did in real life is far more amazing than what they show in the film. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Aug. 11 1999
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It is amazing what some people will try to get away with. Some of them do. My only complaint is that the author adjusted the dollar amounts to 1990 dollars. You never know the actual amount that was stolen. Still interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light reading of the highest order April 8 1997
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I loved this book. You can read it in a sitting or two, but they are great stories if you like clever and not so clever fraud stories. I would reccomend it highly.
Andreas has recently come out with a second book on the same subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light reading of the highest order April 8 1997
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I loved this book. You can read it in a sitting or two, but they are great stories if you like clever and not so clever fraud stories. I would reccomend it highly.
Andreas has recently come out with a second book on the same subject.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Aug. 11 1999
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Format:Paperback
It is amazing what some people will try to get away with. Some of them do. My only complaint is that the author adjusted the dollar amounts to 1990 dollars. You never know the actual amount that was stolen. Still interesting.
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