Fraudsters

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Rank the Most Wicked Fraudsters

 1 Harshad Mehta

Harshad Mehta
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Famous As: stockbroker
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 31, 2001

 2 Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale
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Famous As: Impostor, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

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 3 Mark Thatcher

Mark Thatcher
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

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.

 4 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 5 Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: March 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 6 Henry Hill

Henry Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2012
Henry Hill was a mobster from New York’s Lucchese crime family, who later testified against his former associates. His life inspired the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and the film Goodfellas. He was associated with crimes such as gambling, drug trafficking, and high-profile robberies at the JFK Airport.
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 7 Ross Ulbricht

Ross Ulbricht
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: March 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.
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 8 H. H. Holmes

H.H. Holmes
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 1896 AD
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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 9 Danny Porush

Danny Porush
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Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: January 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 10 Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier
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Famous As: Criminals
Birthdate: December 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 2017

 11 Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 15, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 12 Arnold Rothstein

Arnold Rothstein
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Famous As: Racketeer
Birthdate: January 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 13 Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch

 14 Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort
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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 15 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mexican

 16 Frank Nitti

Frank Nitti
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: March 19, 1943

Frank Nitti was an Italian born-American mobster and one of Al Capone's main henchmen. Renowned for his leadership skills, Nitti succeeded Al Capone to become the boss of the Chicago Outfit. His life and work inspired the 1988 biopic Nitti: The Enforcer.

 17 Lou Pearlman

Lou Pearlman
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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

 18 Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 19 Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson
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Famous As: Impostor
Birthdate: December 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: February 12, 1984

 20 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: March 24, 1966

 21 Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi
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Famous As: Con Artist
Birthdate: March 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: January 18, 1949

 22 Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 2019

 23 Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff
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Famous As: Stockbroker, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 24 Carlos Marcello

Carlos Marcello
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Famous As: Boss of New Orleans crime family
Birthdate: February 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 1993

 25 Andrew Fastow

Andrew Fastow
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Famous As: Former CFO of Enron
Birthdate: December 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 26 Allen Stanford

Allen Stanford
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: March 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 27 Lee Israel

Lee Israel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 2014

 28 Walter Keane

Walter Keane
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Famous As: Real-Estate Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 27, 2000

 29 Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey
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Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Nationality: Russian

 30 Charles Albright

Charles Albright
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 31 Denny McLain

Denny McLain
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Famous As: Professional Baseball Player
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 32 Bhaktipada

Bhaktipada
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Famous As: Guru
Birthdate: September 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 2011

 33 Jeb Stuart Magruder

Jeb Stuart Magruder
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: November 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 11, 2014

 34 James McDougal

James McDougal
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1998

 35 Paul Vanden Boeynants

Paul Vanden Boeynants
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Belgian
Died: January 9, 2001

 36 Roberto di Ridolfo

Roberto di Ridolfo
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Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: November 18, 1531
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 18, 1612

 37 Otto von Pack

Otto von Pack
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Famous As: Conspirator
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Nationality: German
Died: February 8, 1537

 38 Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh
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Famous As: Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Nationality: Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, American

 39 Adam Starchild

Adam Starchild
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dominican, American
Died: September 22, 2006
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