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Ropey relics and specious speculation – fraud through the ages

From fake goods, scam emails, counterfeited artwork, mislabelled foods to the perils of falling prey to all those crypto adverts, fraud is everywhere.

In this article for Fraud Intelligence, Keith Oliver and Caroline Timoney embark on a whistlestop tour through the history of fraud, uncovering how many old scams have modern versions today.

They discuss what fraud is, the earliest recorded mentions of fraud, the fact that forgery seems particularly rife in the art world, a variety of centuries-old frauds and burst bubbles, classics from the 1920s and the current plague of cryptocurrencies fraud.

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