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World's Greatest Hoaxes & Frauds !!!

Wrong Flight

Wrong Flight A group of businessmen flying to Belfast on 1 April, 1980 were surprised to hear the announcement, we shall shortly be arriving in Paris.' Some of them may have hoped it was true- but it turned out to be yet another April Fool hoax.

Hovercraft Hoax

Hovercraft Hoax On 1 April,1980 Capital Radio, in London announced that hovercraft services from Heathrow airport had been cancelled because of the low tide. Heathrow is well inland, so one wonders how many people believed it.

Just the Job

Just the Job Golf club steward, Ken Lawrence and his wife received quite a shock in 1983 when they opened their local paper to find their jobs being advertised. Luckily, they had a sence of humour and as the date was 1 April they realized the advertisement was just a joke. But the joke did not seem quite so funny when they were inundated with applicants for the jobs.

Sooty's Monster Moth

Sooty's Monster Moth Many parents in Britain telephoned the BBC when it was announced that a monster moth had chewed its way through the original glove puppets of Sooty and Sweep, worth $10 000. Apparently, their children were really distresed tgo hear that their favourite TV puppets had died in such a way. Eventually Matthew Corbett, who took over the puppet series from his father Harry, had to admit that the story was just an April Fool hoax.

Humbert's Inheritance

Humbert's Inheritance When Therese Humbert heard groans coming from the next railway compartment she bravely climbed along the outside of the train to see what she could do. In the compartment she found a man who had just had a heart attack. She climbed in and helped him, and the man, Robert Henry Crawford, said he would be eternally grateful to her for saving his life and would reward her one day. Two years later, in 1881, Therese received a letter saying that Crawford had died and made her a beneficiary in his will. The will said that Therese was to look after the family fortune, which was locked in a safe, until her younger sister, Marie, was old enough to marry one of Crawford's two nephews. The story of the inheritance enabled Therese and her husband to obtain loans and improve their lifestyle. Eventually, larger loans had to be raised to cover the interest on the original loans. For 20 years, the Humberts were able to live in luxury in spite of attempts to discredit Therese's story. But by 1902, financiers realized that the amount of the inheritance would not be enough to cover all the loans and legal costs that had arisen. Calls were made for the safe to be opened. When it was opened, the authorities found a brick and an English halfpenny, but by this time the Humberts had disappeared. They were arrested in Madrid in December, 1902. Therese was jailed for five years and her two brothers, who had played the ficitious nephews of the non-existent Robert Crawford, were sentenced to two and three years each.

Lustig's Money-making Machine

Lustig's Money-making Machine Count' Victor Lustig, whose main claim to fame was that he sold the Eiffel Tower in 1925, was once imprisoned in Texas, USA. He managed to get out of the jail when he discovered that the sheriff had been fiddling the accounts. Lustig talked him into buying a remarkable money-making machine that could produce $100 bills. Lustig was released but the sheriff soon realized he had been duped, and once again Lustig was arrested. This time he was released by convincing the gullible sheriff that he had devised a foolproof counterfeiting system and that he needed only $65 000 to perfect it. The shefiff robbed the country funds for the money which was never recovered.

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