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
Famous As: stockbroker
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rajkot district
Died: December 31, 2001

 2 Bernard Madoff

Bernard Madoff
Famous As: Stockbroker, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York
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 3 Elizabeth Holmes

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

 4 Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale
Famous As: Impostor, Fraudster
Birthdate: April 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Rochelle

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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 5 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.

 6 H. H. Holmes

H.H. Holmes
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, U.S.
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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 7 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.

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 8 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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 9 Otto Warmbier

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

 10 Henry Hill

Henry Hill
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

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

 16 Tommy Robinson

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

 17 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

 18 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

 19 Frank Nitti

Frank Nitti
Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angri, province of Salerno, Campania, Italy
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.

 20 Ryan Leaf

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

 21 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.

 22 Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: February 12, 2019

 23 Andrew Fastow

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

 24 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.

 25 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

 26 Allen Stanford

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

 27 Carlos Marcello

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

 28 Denny McLain

Denny McLain
Famous As: Professional Baseball Player
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Markham, Illinois, United States

 29 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

 30 Charles Albright

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

 31 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.

 32 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

 33 Rasmea Odeh

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

 34 Paul Vanden Boeynants

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

 35 James McDougal

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

 36 Adam Starchild

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

 37 Roberto di Ridolfo

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

 38 Otto von Pack

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