Fraudsters intentionally deceive people for personal gain and commit fraudulent acts by lying to their victims. The mode of operation for such individuals is to contact victims posing to be someone from a government office or a company and trick them into providing information which can then be used to the fraudsters advantage. The fraudsters also attack their victim’s computers to get the private data which can help them access personal and financial information relating to their victim’s. When fraudsters plan to deceive the government, it is regarded as government fraud. When an employee deceives his company, it is considered as employee fraud. There are several instances where fraudsters have deceived people through telemarketing system and online dating sites. Online shopping is an area where fraudsters make customers their victims very easily. Getting personal information by offering financial products is another way through which fraudsters conduct their operation. Tricks like advance-fee frauds are very common to deceive people. In such cases, fraudsters offer victims a large amount of cash as a return of a specific amount of money deposited to them. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most dreaded fraudsters.
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 1 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Elizabeth Holmes is a former businesswoman who is credited with founding the now-defunct health technology company Theranos . It was later revealed that Elizabeth Holmes had deceived her investors with false claims. The rise and fall of her company inspired a book titled Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.

 2 Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale
Famous As: Impostor, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States

Frank Abagnale’s life story inspired the film Catch Me If You Can. He was a con man, imposter and did check forgery from the age 15 to 21. He assumed the identities of an airline pilot, a physician and a lawyer, among others. He was eventually arrested and after spending few years in prison started working for the federal government.

 3 Harshad Mehta

Harshad Mehta
Famous As: stockbroker
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rajkot district
Died: December 31, 2001
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 4 Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey
Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Russian-born German citizen Anna Sorokin made headlines when she was convicted of duping people by posing as a fictitious heiress named Anna Delvey. She would dine at fancy restaurants and check into luxury hotels, making her companions pay for her and then wouldn’t pay them back. She inspired a Netflix drama.
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 5 Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff
Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 14, 2021

 6 Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli
Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: March 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, received a 7-year prison sentence for securities fraud after he secured the manufacturing license for Daraprim and raised its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He had bought the only copy of the album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
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 7 H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 7, 1896
American serial killer H.H. Holmes was sentenced to death for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel but confessed to 27 murders and might have killed almost 200 people. He had set up a hotel, later known as the Murder Castle, specifically for this purpose. He inspired a bestselling book.
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 8 Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier
Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: December 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: June 19, 2017
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 9 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht
Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Ross Ulbricht, or "Dread Pirate Roberts,” created the dark market site Silk Road, which let people make anonymous drug deals, using bitcoins. He was eventually convicted of a number of crimes, including hacking and money laundering, and was sentenced to a double life imprisonment plus 40 years without parole.

 10 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 11 Danny Porush

Danny Porush
Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: January 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lawrence, New York

Entrepreneur and former stock broker Daniel Mark Porush, better known as Danny Porush, was convicted of fraud and money laundering at Stratton Oakmont, a brokerage house. Following his 39-month prison sentence, he began working with Med-Care. He inspired the character Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street.

 12 Mark Thatcher

Mark Thatcher
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom

Mark Thatcher is the son of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. For the major part of his career as a businessman, Thatcher was accused of using his mother's position to gain an upper hand, especially in the Al-Yamamah arms deal. In 2005, he was convicted for funding the 2004 Wonga Coup in South Africa.

 13 Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein
Famous As: Racketeer
Birthdate: January 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: nhattan, New York City, New York
Died: November 6, 1928

Arnold Rothstein, or the Brain, was a racketeer, gambler, and businessman who later became a leader of New York’s Jewish crime circuit. He had reportedly fixed the 1919 World Series. He inspired several fictional characters, including Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. He was murdered for declining a poker-related payment.

 14 Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford
Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexia, Texas, United States

 15 Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson
Famous As: Impostor
Birthdate: December 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Borowihlas, Pomerania, Germany [now Borowy Las, Pomorskie, Poland]
Died: February 12, 1984

 16 Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Great Falls, Montana, USA

 17 Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luton, United Kingdom

 18 Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi
Famous As: Con Artist
Birthdate: March 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: January 18, 1949

Charles Ponzi was an Italian con artist and swindler who operated in Canada and the USA. He is best remembered for his money-making scheme in which he paid his earlier investors using the money given to him by later investors. Although this type of swindling investment scheme existed before Ponzi's time, it came to be known as a Ponzi scheme.

 19 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama
Died: March 24, 1966

Virginia Hill was an American woman best remembered for her association with the Chicago Outfit crime organization. She served as the outfit's courier, passing important messages between mobsters, during the mid-1930s. She became the subject of a 1974 TV film. Her relationship with mobster Bugsy Siegel was dramatized in the 1991 movie Bugsy, where she was portrayed by Annette Bening.

 20 Lou Pearlman

Lou Pearlman
Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 2016

Lou Pearlman was a record producer and creator of successful boy bands like NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. In 2006, Pearlman was accused of running a Ponzi scheme. After pleading guilty to money laundering, conspiracy, and making false statements, Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Pearlman was the subject of the 2019 documentary, The Boy Band Con

 21 Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort
Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Paul Manafort is an American former lobbyist, lawyer, political consultant, and convicted bank fraudster. As a political consultant, he served as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush. He is also credited with co-founding a lobbying firm called Black, Manafort & Stone.

 22 Andrew Fastow

Andrew Fastow
Famous As: Former CFO of Enron
Birthdate: December 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

 23 Peter Popoff

Peter Popoff
Famous As: Televangelism
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Peter Popoff is a German-born American faith healer, debunked clairvoyant, and televangelist. Popoff used a concealed earpiece to receive information about people suffering from ailments during his religious services and claimed that God divulged the information to him. The scam was exposed in 1986 and led to the creation of several works of art, including the film Leap of Faith.

 24 Walter Keane

Walter Keane
Famous As: Real-Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 27, 2000

 25 Charles Albright

Charles Albright
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

Charles Albright was an American criminal and serial killer who was suspected of killing three women. In 1991, he was convicted of murdering a woman named Shirley Williams and imprisoned in the John Montford Psychiatric Unit in Texas. His story was covered by the media and many TV networks like HBO aired episodes related to Charles Albright.

 26 Lee Israel

Lee Israel
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 24, 2014

Starting as a freelance writer, Lee Israel later penned bestselling biographies of personalities such as Tallulah Bankhead and Estée Lauder. She made headlines when she admitted to forging works of deceased authors and actors to make money. Her memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, was later turned into a film.

 27 Sergei Mavrodi

Sergei Mavrodi
Famous As: Founder of the МММ, a scheme that defrauded millions of people around the globe
Birthdate: August 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 26, 2018

 28 Alan Bond

Alan Bond
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Died: June 5, 2015

Born in the UK, Alan Bond moved to Australia with his family at 12. The business tycoon had started out as a signwriter in Perth and later emerged as the CEO of Bond Corporation. The first non-American to earn the sailing trophy America's Cup, he was later imprisoned for corporate fraud.

 29 Bhaktipada

Famous As: Guru
Birthdate: September 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, USA
Died: October 24, 2011

Vaishnava guru and New Vrindaban co-founder Kirtanananda Swami, better known as Bhaktipada, was born into a Baptist family. In spite of receiving a fellowship to study at Columbia University, he quit academics and joined ISKCON instead. He was later expelled from ISKCON after he was found guilty of child molestation.

 30 Jeb Stuart Magruder

Jeb Stuart Magruder
Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: November 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Died: May 11, 2014

 31 Malcolm Hardee

Malcolm Hardee
Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: January 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England
Died: January 31, 2005

 32 James McDougal

James McDougal
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: White County, Arkansas, United States
Died: March 8, 1998

 33 Paul Vanden Boeynants

Paul Vanden Boeynants
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Forest, Belgium
Died: January 9, 2001

 34 Foutanga Babani Sissoko

Foutanga Babani Sissoko
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dabia, Mali
Died: February 29, 2021

 35 Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh
Famous As: Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Lifta, British Mandate Palestine

 36 Adam Starchild

Adam Starchild
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: September 22, 2006

 37 Roxana Baldetti

Roxana Baldetti
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

 38 Roberto di Ridolfo

Roberto di Ridolfo
Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: November 18, 1531
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: February 18, 1612

 39 Otto von Pack

Otto von Pack
Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Germany
Died: February 8, 1537

 40 Robert L. Vesco

Robert L. Vesco
Famous As: American financier
Birthdate: December 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: November 23, 2007

 41 Richie Farmer

Richie Farmer
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Corbin, Kentucky, United States

 42 Paul Le Roux

Paul Le Roux
Famous As: Conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States
Birthdate: December 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 43 Nirav Modi

Nirav Modi
Famous As: Diamond business bank fraud, wanted by Interpol
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palanpur, Gujarat, India

 44 Martin Guerre

Martin Guerre
Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Birthplace: Hendaye, France
Died: 1560 AD

 45 Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States

 46 Jasiel Correia

Jasiel Correia
Famous As: 44th Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts
Birthdate: December 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

 47 James Hart Stern

James Hart Stern
Famous As: Known for defusing gang violence in the 1980s and 1990s, Convicted on five counts of wire fraud
Birthdate: June 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 11, 2019

 48 Glenn Wheatley

Glenn Wheatley
Famous As: Talent manager, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Australia

 49 Frank DiPascali

Frank DiPascali
Famous As: Chief financial officer, Fraudster
Birthdate: October 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: May 7, 2015

 50 Farid Fata

Farid Fata
Famous As: Hematologist
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon
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