How much of a scammer do you have to be for all future scams to carry your name? Charles Ponzi died in 1949, but new generations of swindlers have carried on the racket that made him infamous. On this episode, we’ll dig into the long story of confidence men and counterfeiters. We’ll discover a time when fake money jump-started the economy, and ask why some swindlers have been treated as folk heroes rather than villains.
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