15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In

A fool and their dignity are easily parted. And we have a feeling that a lot of people spent a lot of time searching for their dignity after falling for these laughably obvious hoaxes. So just let these act as a PSA: People will always be out there looking to pull a fast one on the idiotic masses. Don't be one of those idiots.

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Stringfellow was elected to Congress as a paraplegic war hero. Two years later, it came out that he dSource: NY Times

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - This doctor floored the scientific community in the ’70s with his “patchwork mice” who had transplan Source: NY Times

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - When Frenchman Roger Trichborne died at sea, Orton showed up and claimed to be him. He was fatter thaSource: British Museum

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Media reported that this British woman gave birth to rabbits. Turned out she’d just shoved rabbit parSource: The Paris Review

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - He became a financial celebrity— and landed a cushy position on a Chinese government advisory board— Source: NPR

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - This German writer published a dozen interviews with famous celebrities like Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt Source: The Guardian

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - For 30 years, he roamed Greenwich Village in a bathrobe, ranting and peeing himself. He was actually Source: NY Times

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - The world went nuts when this historian shared a brass plate Sir Francis Drake had printed in 1579. iSource: California History

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - A student spent one month at a French junior high school, claiming to be a 15-year-old orphan named FSource: NY Times

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Deng recruited soldiers into a special forces group and charged them fees. It was all an immigration Source: LA Times

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for her news story about an eight-year- old heroin addict named Jimmy. D.CSource: Columbia Journalism Review

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - A student spent one month at a French junior high school, claiming to be a 15-year-old orphan named FSource: The New Yorker

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Hillar claimed that Taken was based on his life. He spent the next decade giving seminars and counterSource: FBI

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Miller rose to fame as a gun advocate thanks to her story of fighting off a home invasion. When it tuSource: Washington Post

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15 Stunning Frauds That Somehow Took People In - Wakefield came up with the false study that linked the MMR vaccine with autism. Even anti-vaxxers shoSource: British Medical Journal