Napoleon Hill is the most famous conman you've probably never heard of. Born into poverty in rural Virginia at the end of the 19th century, Hill went on to write one of the most successful self-help books of the 20th century: Think and Grow Rich. In fact, he helped invent the genre. But it's the untold story of Hill's fraudulent business practices, tawdry sex life and membership in a New York cult that makes him so fascinating.
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Donald Trump's former "university" has been accused of bilking students out of their hard-earned cash. The man himself was supposed to appear in court later this month to face the charges, but it looks like we won't see the President-elect testify. Reuters is now reporting that Trump University and the plaintiffs have reached a settlement of $US25 million ($34 million).
Earlier this month, Leoni AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers of wires and electrical cables, informed investors that the German company lost almost 40 million euros (or about $59.3 million) to online scammers. Today, we finally know how: According to investigators, the thieves simply spoofed emails to look like official payment requests, a tactic known as "CEO fraud".