The Spanish Prisoner Scam – How Scams Work

The Spanish Prisoner Scam The Spanish Prisoner is a confidence trick originating by at least the early 19th century, as Eugène François Vidocq described in his memoirs How Scams Work A SCARS Insight Reprinted from Slate » The Spanish Prisoner, the Treasure-Dangling Scam That Won’t Die “A man in this country receives a letter from a foreign city,” reads a New York Times trend story from 1898, about a “common” scam being carried out by mail. [...]