Monday, November 16, 2009

The Great Ponzi- Confidence Schemes

"Even if they never got anything for it, it was cheap at that price. Without malice aforethought I had given them the best show that was ever staged in their territory since the landing of the Pilgrims! It was easily worth fifteen million bucks to watch me put the thing over."- The Great Ponzi

Listen in from 0300-0600, Nov 16.

Audio confidence schemes, and constant subliminal reminders of how to beat the system. Wearing away your suspension of disbelief, to offer you something for nothing, and giving you nothing for something.

The Great Ponzi was born under the name Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi.

The Great Ponzi was charged on 86 counts of mail fraud and convicted on just one.

The Great Ponzi arrived in the United States with only 2.50 in his pocket, The Great Ponzi gambled away all of his other moneys on the ship to America.

The Great Ponzi grew a prison mustache.

The Great Ponzi duped Mussolini into giving him a job, and stole from the Italian state treasury as well.

The Great Ponzi once served as his own lawyer and proved himself innocent on all ten charges he as tried for.

The Great Ponzi once told reporters, "I went looking for trouble, and I found it."

The Great Ponzi lived luxuriously and made no attempt to generate legitimate profits.

The Great Ponzi thwarted investigators by charging the press with libel, to put off getting caught for another few years.

The Great Ponzi spent his money on a hot wife, air conditioning, swiming pool, and numerous exotic furskins.

The Great Ponzi's wife only left him once he was to be deported, so that she could stay behind in boston and be a bookeeper for a nightclub (badass).

The government found it impossible to determine how much the Great Ponzi had swindled, and could only determine that it was somewhere in the millions.

The Great Ponzi promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons and redeeming them in other countries.

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