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Art of the Scam

Cons (and their victims) come in all shapes and sizes.

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Unmasking the Spiritual Scammers of Paris

Legions of phony psychics have twisted an ancient West African tradition into a billion-dollar business that cons desperate and lovelorn people. One band of volunteers is...

The Million-Dollar Scammer and His Many Mormon Marks

How an audacious con man with fake ties to the pinnacles of the church ran an epic scheme and swindled those who trusted him most.

A Casino Card Shark’s First Time Getting Caught

As a struggling grad student, I happened upon a lucrative side hustle with an elite team of card-counters—and found the community I'd been looking for.

The “Gay for Pay” Porn Star Who Hatched a Million-Dollar Blackmail Scheme

Teo Brank found a lucrative side hustle arranging escorts for sex parties. But when his business soured, he turned to extortion.

How the Great California Dispensary Heist Went Horrifically Wrong

One of the most outrageous crime sagas of the 21st century starts with a severed penis...and only gets stranger from there.

The First Family of Counterfeit Hunting

Robert Holmes taught his sons everything he knew about exposing black-market knockoffs. Now they take down the world's biggest scammers while dodging threats from the mob.

This Indian Cop Took Down a Massive IRS Call-Center Scam

Millions of Americans have fallen for a ruse claiming they owe back taxes and must pay immediately. On the other side of the globe, one dogged inspector finally delivered justice.

My Psychic Told Me to Date a Psychopath

She was so certain that this guy was “the one,” and I was so desperate to believe her that I ignored all the signs telling me he most definitely wasn’t.

How an International Man of Mystery Scammed My Grandma

My 91-year-old grandmother leapt into action the moment I called to tell her I was in jail and needed $3,000 wired instantly. Only problem: It wasn’t me.