Con Artists

Film

‘Bad Santa’ Is a Heartwarming Holiday Film About Overcoming Male Impotence

“Are you saying there’s something wrong with my gear? Is that what you’re saying?”
James Charisma
11.29.18
crime

The Insane Saga of the Fake Saudi Prince Who Scammed Miami's Rich and Famous

A career con-artist, Anthony Gignac got busted over and over again, but kept finding new prey in America's capital city of fraud.
Francisco Alvarado
7.18.18
scams

People Told Us Their Most Insane Catfishing Stories

No, Lance Bass does not want to marry you.
Caroline Thompson
10.12.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Guy Selling Detergent As Cocaine Has Been Found Guilty of Fraud

You can now be done for defrauding drug users with fake gear.
VICE Staff
10.5.16
Stuff

How Our Reliance on Technology Is Making Us Easier to Scam

It's not just the gullible or greedy who are easily swindled.
Elizabeth Nicholas
1.5.16
News

The 20-Year-Old EDM Entrepreneur Accused of Running a $500,000 Ponzi Scheme

Ian Bick has been organizing dances and EDM events for Connecticut teens since he was 15, but the federal government is now accusing him of running a much darker and more complex side hustle.
Nick Keppler
11.12.15
Stuff

How Catfishing Worked Before the Internet

People have been lying about their identities in search of notoriety or love or thrills for a long, long time.
Mike Pearl
3.19.15
The True Crime Issue

The Joker Broker: Doing Business with the World’s Foremost Vendor of Nonexistent Oil

Francisco Javier González Álvarez’s life is shrouded in secrecy, but we know this: He was born December 3, 1949, in La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, off of Spain. The next 45 years are a bit of a blank—nothing to indicate he would become the world’s...
Steven Bodzin
9.23.14
News

Meet Zephyr Teachout, the Anti-Corruption Crusader Running for Governor of New York

Does the left-wing long shot have a chance to win?
Matt Taylor
6.17.14
Features

How To Make Money Off Rap Without Really Rapping

It's easy. You just have to be sort of a con artist.
Slava Pastuk
1.21.13