The 5 Ballsiest Con Artists of All Time

It takes real bravado to convince people they should give you money because you are royalty, or because you need an airplane, or because you can protect them from other scammers. Cracked looks at the most outrageous schemers in history, as well as the profits they made and they price they paid... or not. Link

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i've always liked the story of the guy the pretended to be Stanley Kubrick... the other day, neatorama posted some bit about a Best Buy prank. if you check the website that was linked to it, they have one where they dressed someone up as a dead playwright to go speak at a Barnes & Noble...
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This list is clearly missing the dude that sold the eiffel tower for scrap metal... twice. He was just some guy that called up scrap yards across France, told them he was a member of the French government who was in charge of demolition on the tower, and collected a tidy sum for the scrap metal that never would be. He did a again some years later and also succeeded, but cops caught on before he could get any more money, he was never arrested.
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