Best Articles on Scammers
From Arsène Lupin to Elizabeth Holmes we are enamoured with tales of deceit and those who pull off scams—successfully or unsuccessfully.
Below we have dug through our ten year archive to bring you tales that include a Japanese fake-Beethoven, the theft of an entire hotel, landlord-impersonation and polygamist tax fraud.
Christopher Beam | New Republic | 2nd March 2015
Critics hailed Mamoru Samuragochi as "the Japanese Beethoven", and called his 2003 First Symphony a work of genius. He wrote scores for films and television. His claim to be totally deaf only added to his legend. How could he write such music? The answer was that he couldn't. He probably wasn't deaf either. He paid a silent partner to write the music for him. A decade later, the ghost talked and the scandal broke (7,200 words)
Vince Beiser | Wired | 2nd February 2021