US & Canada By Helier Cheung BBC News 11 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48231388 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The story of Anna Sorokin, the German woman who pretended to be a billionaire heiress, swindling … [Read more...] about Why are we fascinated by con artists?
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OPENING a news link on her phone, Tracy Hall was perplexed. The picture seemed to show the man she’d been dating for 16 months, 49-year-old Max Tavita, being taken to Waverley Police Station in New South Wales, Australia, by two officers. She’d reported him missing 24 hours earlier on July 10, 2017, worried when he went off-grid after their house-hunting trip in Byron Bay. Suddenly, there he was on screen with his peroxide hair and muscular surfer’s build. But it was the headline that shook her: “Bondi businessman Hamish McLaren charged over alleged multimillion-dollar super fraud.” “Who the hell is Hamish?” she said aloud. Sure enough, Bondi Police confirmed that the man Tracy knew as Max had never existed. Because Max, a Harvard graduate who had worked on Wall Street, was dreamed up by Hamish McLaren, a fraudster born Hamish Watson. By this time he had used as many as six aliases to commit large-scale investment fraud with victims including … [Read more...] about Chilling story of conman who fleeced 15 victims out of £4.2million by pretending to be MI5 agent and hedge fund trader
KYIV – As Ukrainians head to the polls on March 31 to elect their sixth post-Soviet president, questions still linger about the commitment the three front-runners have to continue reforming the country to realize its true economic potential. At stake is the completion of a $3.9 billion International Monetary Fund lending program as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in supplemental loan guarantees from the West. Millions of dollars of foreign technical assistance from the United States, the European Union and Canada are also tied to structural reforms related to establishing the rule of law, including an independent judiciary. Amid high-levels of perceived public corruption, Ukraine’s Western backers don’t want to see five years of investment wasted after the election, the Reuters news agency reported on March 26 based on interviews with Western diplomats serving in Kyiv. Money has been pumped in to create new anti-corruption institutions and a police force, to … [Read more...] about Uncertainty gives diplomats and investors jitters about presidential election in Ukraine
THERE ARE plenty of words in English for tricking people out of their money. You can scam, hustle, bilk, gyp, flimflam, swindle, swizzle, fleece and finagle. Those who do so are grifters, con artists, hucksters, charlatans, hustlers or fraudsters. Such figures are something of a staple in popular culture: think of the champagne-chicanery of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby; Frank Abagnale, Leonardo DiCaprio’s charismatic con-man in “Catch Me if You Can”; or the glitzy characters in “American Hustle”. They are not ordinary villains, causing revulsion or fear. In being able to make a fortune using little more than their wits, they become attractive, almost awe-inspiring. In both fiction and real life, scammers sell. Consider the media circus around Elizabeth Holmes, a young entrepreneur whose biotech company, Theranos, was once valued at $9bn dollars. Theranos promised, to much excitement, that it could democratise health care with devices able to … [Read more...] about First came the scams. Then came the films and shows about the scams
Actress Roseanne Barr has taken a swing at freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a “bug-eyed b*tch” over the Green New Deal in a YouTube video. READ MORE: 'I Thought the B**** Was White': Roseanne Erupts Over Tweet on Obama Adviser Although she never mentioned the New York congresswoman by name in the nearly two-minute video, the actress alludes to Ocasio-Cortez as the person who introduced the Green New Deal, designed to deal with income inequality and climate change. Barr went on to say that she was going to try to “correct some of the mistakes” Ocasio-Cortez has made “like costing hundreds of people decent-paying jobs ‘cause, I don’t know, they breathe carbon in the air or some horsesh*t”. The Emmy-winning actress further claimed that the congresswoman was “paid” to promote the energy plan and accused Democrats of … [Read more...] about Twitter Wild as Roseanne Barr Trashes Ocasio-Cortez as ‘Bug-Eyed Lying B*tch’