Victor Lustig. He Was A Con Artist In The Early 20th Century. Most Famous For Selling The Eifel Tower Twice.

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Imagine being a banker in a small town in Missouri. You have been trying to sell a broken down farm that the bank repossessed a couple of years ago but you haven't had any luck. One day a man approaches you and offers you $22,000 in Liberty bonds for the almost worthless farm. He claims that he is from Austria and after the First World War he felt the need to leave and start a new life in America. In your eyes it doesn't matter what the reason is your just happy to finally get rid of the farm. You accept the $22,000 and he asks for a $10,000 in cash for $10,000 in bonds. You accept the trade. All the paper work is filled out and you exchange envelopes with the money. You go back to the bank and sit at your desk to only find the envelope that was once full with Liberty bonds is now empty. That is what it felt like to be a victim of "Count" Victor Lustig. When it comes to deception and trickery, there was no man better at it than Victor-Lustig. A con artist can be defined as a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim. Victor Lustig is considered one of the best. Not only did Lustig make off with the money from the banker but when finally was caught he was even able to convince the investigator and the banker that if they decided to press charges against him the depositors would withdrawal all their money in fear. This is because they wouldn't feel their money is safe at the bank anymore, which would cause the bank to close down. He also convinced the banker that the bank should pay him $1000 for the inconvenience. The banker handed over the money and Victor made another $1000 off the bank. Lustig got away with selling the Eiffel tower twice, conning a banker in Montreal Canada, and then getting away with it, then starting a counterfeit operation where his victim a cop spends the rest of his life in jail and Lustig gets off free.Lustig was born in 1890 in Czechoslovakia. His family's financial status on the hierarchy was the middle class. Lustig had a childhood just like any other middle class boy. His enjoyments consisted of playing pool and various card games such as bridge. After mastering these games he turned his life into one of crime. In his early and mid 20's he would go on gambling cruises with the rich and famous and make his money by gambling but after the First World War ended leisure cruises came to a halt and he decided to migrate to America just as the roaring 20's began. Lustig wanted to take advantage of the rapid growth in the stock market to make him rich.One of Lustig's major cons took place in Montreal Canada. His target was once again a banker. The banker was named Linus Merton from Vermont. Lustig hired a person to pick the pocket of the banker and Lustig returned the wallet twenty-four hours later with all the money in it to gain trust in the banker. Lustig let Merton in on a scam that he has been using to regain his families riches that were lost after the First World War. He told the banker his cousin works for...

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