8 of History’s Most Famous Charlatans, Con Artists, and Tricksters

Mary Carleton: Born in Canterbury, England, about 1635, Mary Carleton was a crafty trickster.

Count Alessandro di Cagliostro: Was an Italian charlatan famous for his fraudulent alchemy.

Dr. Sebi: Alfredo Bowman, better known as Dr. Sebi, developed a following as an herbalist healer.

Comte de Saint-Germain: The so-called comte de Saint-Germain was a French adventurer of mysterious origin.

Amy Bock: A New Zealander born in Tasmania in 1859, Amy Bock came to be one of the most successful female con artists in New Zealand’s history.

False Dmitry: The moniker “False Dmitry” denotes a number of people rather than a single person.

Baron Münchhausen: Born in Germany in 1720, remains a legend in global folklore.

Natwarlal: Natwarlal, India’s most-celebrated con artist, was born Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava in Bihar about 1913.

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