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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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(p.193) Fourteen Scams
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the history of fraud and scams in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that tricksters and fraudsters were among the most intelligent and artful thieves because they were able to persuade people to literally hand over their money. It describes some of the most common fraudsters in Liverpool during this period which include sharpers, duffers, coiners, and fortune tellers. This chapter also considers scams related to pornography and money lending.

Keywords:   fraud, scams, sharpers, duffers, coiners, fortune tellers, pornography, money lending

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