With the documentary Inside Job winning an Oscar, you'd think that massive financial fraud is a modern invention. Well, think again.
History is full of scams and frauds that removed billions of dollars from the pockets of investors and destroyed entire economies. This post contains some of the most memorable.
There is one huge difference, though, between the Great Wall Street Ripoff and the all the rest of these history-making scams. See if you can figure it out, before you get to the end of the gallery.
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