Scams & Cons

Scams vs Hoaxes

September 09, 2021 Jim Grinstead Season 1 Episode 11
Scams & Cons
Scams vs Hoaxes
Show Notes

When the Trojans rolled the horse into their city, they thought they were claiming the spoils of war. Instead, it was a hoax that eventually allowed the Greeks to sneak in and destroy their city.

So, is a hoax a scam, or is it the other way around? Fortunately, Ian Keable stops by to sort it for us as we talk about the differences. His new book, The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth Century England, includes tales about Ben Franklin and a woman who gave birth to rabbits. It’s a hare-raising story, to be sure. 

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