4 Performance Con Artists

4 Performance Con Artists


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>>Or thank us in advance.>>Thank us now. We’ll wait.
>>In fact, you’re welcome.>>What is the longest
you’ve faked something?>>Oh man, I’ve faked having laryngitis in third grade for like four days.>>Did you really?>>Yeah because we we’re
singing a stupid song and I didn’t want to
sing it in music class.>>I faked having one
arm for like an evening because the babysitter showed up, I had a big baggy, shirt
and the point is I got bored and like anyway, I’ve got two arms. [laughs]>>Oh by the way, what? I’m going to convince the
babysitter I’m an amputee.>>It could have been congenital, I mean. All right, we’re going to talk about four people who took
faking it way too far. This is from an article
at themodernrogue.com by Eamon Lahiri and our
first one is somebody who–>>Took control of US
intelligence agencies from his bedroom in the UK. [keyboard keys clicking]>>Basically picked up the
phone with a straight face said, “Yes, it’s me, the
hello the leader of the CIA. “Please restore my account.” And then they’re like beep bop boop, guess what he has access to?>>And you know what
was even more exciting was his name was Kane Gamble. That was this kid’s name, 15 years old.>>It sounds awesome until
you realize he looks like evil Peter Parker from the
third Spider-Man movie.>>Oh god, he does.>>Doesn’t he?>>He’s got the coolest name though! “I’m Kane Gamble.” And then you see him and
he’s got the hair here. [Brian laughs] But yeah through social engineering he was able to get access
to some of the most powerful people in the United States
intelligence department.>>And this is one of those things where once you have access to
certain levels of information, it becomes very, I don’t want say easy, it becomes easier to act as
though that’s definitely you because you know things that
you’re not supposed to know.>>Yeah, and like so many cons, the hallmark of them is confidence, right?>>Yes, yes, yes and we’ll
talk more about this in a bit, but basically the guy didn’t even do anything interesting with it. He took control of people’s computers and downloaded a bunch
of pornography to them, mocked them on Twitter, did
a bunch of teenager crap.>>Yeah, he posted their
personal information online and stuff like that. I’m sorry, but if you’ve
got people thinking you’re the head of the
CIA, I’ve got a list.>>Yeah, I know you do.>>It’s like… [keyboard keys clicking]>>All right, so let’s
talk about Anthony Gignac, I think I’m saying it right.>>Gig, Gignac?>>Gi-whatever, if I’m saying it wrong, screw him he’s a piece of garbage anyway. He comes from Columbia by way of Florida and pretended to be a Saudi prince.>>Yeah, if there’s somebody
I’m going to impersonate, it’s not going to be the
Saudis because I have a feeling those guys are really good
about keeping grudges, so.>>This dude did everything from faking diplomatic plates driving around, constantly talking about
the wrath of his father if anybody crossed him. Basically walked around
like a spoiled brat and everyone was like,
“Well, what can you do? “He’s a prince.”>>He ended up taking out loans, renting out penthouse apartments, getting credit cards
with crazy debt limits. All of it, like you said, was him saying, “If you don’t give this to me, “my father is going to be very furious.”>>We as human beings tend to
be more afraid of bad things than excited about opportunities. and a lot of confidence
games are all about how you’re going to get rich, but in this case, he was just straight-up the fear of God put into them basically.>>That’s interesting
because you’re right, it is a completely different approach. It’s not baiting someone with changing their fortunes for the better, it’s the stick instead of the carrot.>>Eventually, the law caught up with him, but only after he scammed
eight million dollars from 26 people and I’m going
to go out on a limb here and say, my guess is that
wasn’t the complete list.>>Oh my god, just having
the testicular fortitude to pull something like that off. [keyboard keys clicking]>>So, speaking of pure
confidence, this guy Marc Dreier, he kind of reminds me a
little bit of Frank Abagnale, but with like 10% as awesome.>>He was a Manhattan attorney who started impersonating other people of wealth and privilege and
utilizing their networks to make himself even richer.>>Yeah, but it wasn’t like
he was a master of disguise, he would just walk into
any high-rise building, march into the conference room, announce himself as the
guy who owns this building or is in charge of this
business or whatever, and everybody is like,
“Well, he’s got a suit “and those big bushy eyebrows, “I assume that he must be in charge.”>>And it’s what you’ve
talked about before the trappings of authority, he definitely had if he’s walking in there with this suit, like you
said, so they thought, “Oh yes, he is the person
who’s supposed to be here.” And he was telling them
that he was the CEO, that he was their boss,
people who should know.>>To put it in perspective, there’s a number of things
in my stage magic show that people ask how it’s done and I say, “Well, how would you do it?” And then they give some
ridiculously simple method and then there’s a pause and they say, “But that would be dumb.” And whenever they say the
words “But that would be dumb,” they are always a hundred
percent right on how I did that. So, in other words, this dude walks in it’s like, well I mean, I
suppose he could be a total fraud just in a nice suit walking around, talking as if he owns the
place, but that’d be dumb. And guess what? That’s exactly what it was.>>Yeah, he perpetrated all sorts of fraud and his own knowledge of the legal and financial
documents of these companies. He was spoofing these documents, he was a forging IOUs,
corporate letterhead, fabricating entire audits, he stole hundreds of million dollars from 40 different investment firms.>>To realize just how
big this guy was thinking, by the time that he was arrested, he had 250 attorneys on his side and my guess is an awful
lot of them believed him.>>I’m going to guess that this
guy didn’t serve a day and jail.>>Please tell me he did. I want to believe in justice. Oh, good news, he got 150 years.>>Oh wow, okay. I thought with that many
lawyers and that much money, they would have been like, “You.”>>The Houdini of impersonation. By the way this article
that I’m looking at now comes from The Sydney Morning
Herald, their URL is S-M-H. ShakeMyHead.com.au.
[laughs] [keyboard keys clicking] All right, so this last
one is pure poetic justice. Walk me through this.>>Okay so, a guy named
Zheng in China some time ago got into an argument with an in-law and ended up murdering the guy.>>I assume he got arrested, went to jail, and the rest writes itself.>>Nope, he ran off to
some remote province and pretended to be mute for 12 years. Why? So he wouldn’t rat on himself. [Brian laughs] So he wouldn’t create any
inconsistencies in his story, so he said I’m just not
going to talk for 12 years.>>This is like that meme. It’s like like can’t
contradict your story, bro. But here’s the best part of this is after not using his
voice for, how many years? 15 years?
>>12 years.>>12 years.>>You would think, okay
maybe I’m just going to talk to myself in the closet when nobody’s listening or watching. No, he just doesn’t talk for 12 years.>>After all this, number one, he does not get away with
it, he does go to jail, but also not using his
voice for that long, he lost his voice.>>Yes.
>>How great is that?>>They ultimately
caught him after 12 years and so, when he finally tried to speak, he realized he couldn’t because his vocal cords had atrophied.>>New meme: can’t defend
yourself without a voice, bro.>>Poetic justice.>>Oh, that’s amazing. Congratulations, Zheng, you
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  2. Wow it's really easy to impersonate

    Time to go impersonate the Russian leader and declare war on the usa

  3. So, I may have, and still am, pretending to be a Vampire in school.
    Guess who had to do 2 hours of research on Vampires?

  4. Funny story, I had a crappy pair of earphones with buds, they were loose. Anyway, I slept in them every night, and eventually I lost one of hte buds. Turns out after 2 weeks of infected ear, the doctor looked at the ear and fished out the bud. Moral of the story, don't buy crappy earphones, buy a good pair which doesn't have loose buds. I'm guessing the ones you're featuring are that kind 🙂

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  7. 3:49 from now on any time I want to tell somone that they don't have the balls to do somthing I'm telling them they don't have the testicular fortitude

  8. I did a research project on that Kane kid for a digital security course I took. He got access to the head of CIA's personal email, who had work emails forwarded to it. So he got access to that work email. He then leaked personal information of undercover agents when he got into the systems deep enough, including family details and addresses. At the time I did the research around six months ago, there were no details released, but you can probably guess how bad it is to blow undercover FBI/CIA agents' personal details.

  9. 2 reasons why the CEO scam works so well: At some of the worlds largest corporations (including a shocking number of U.S. banking's gang of eight aka the WE"RE TOO BIG TO FAIL Federal Reserve). 1. Some CEO's reportedly spend less than 30 minutes a day in the office, who the hell is going to recognize them or spot an imposter . 2. The most common educational or career background for these CEO's appears to be as attorney's like the Scammer you mention. (A profession you'll notice they share most of our federal officials By the way.) Since ripping the mask of respectability off one of their own opens up the fact they may all be crooked as hell, they are loathe to ever take action against one of their own where it might be seen in public. Doubt me? Try suing a lawyer

  10. Me: Yo Brain! I know how to beat the Injury Counter Record!
    Brian: Oh Really? Do tell!
    Me: Teach me How to Eat Light Bulbs!
    Brian: Noooooooope!
    Me: If you do, I'll buy You and Murphy a 15.5 Gallon full of Beer of ya'lls Choice!

    @Modern Rogue:

  11. There was a time I was invited to convention with a lot of vendors andreps and things like that. I was allowed to bring you for guests. So I brought my mom ,my brother, and my dad. I worked security for a hotel that gave me the passes to go to this convention. let's say we walked away with a ton of free stuff because everybody thought we owned the hotel itself. I still get calls from places offering me deals and free stuff cause of the information I knew about the workings of the Hotel.

  12. Imagine he's actually mute, got falsely convicted but is unable to defend himself while everyone thinks that he lost his voice after pretending to be mute

  13. Another great and fun video. Look into Robert Vesco you will be amazed! Maybe the King of Cons! Or at least a Duke!!
    Keep up the great content!

  14. Fully thought that Jason was going to say "my name isn't Jason" when Brian asked what the longest lie he's ever told was

  15. It’s not as big as those but this one is a story that duped our local government… https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-19/an-fake-tahitian-prince-pleads-guilty/4582040

  16. I just got an ad(not sponsored video) on another video for nordVPN with a clip of y’all, are you getting paid for it/were you made aware of it?

  17. What about one of the longest social engineering cons ever? Fake NY "socialite" Anna Delvey/Sorokin. Although she might need an episode just for herself

  18. Why did my phone get this notification 3 days after upload? I ignored it in the sidebar a few times thinking it was an old video YouTube was recommending.

    Oh well… notification squad?

  19. Great list! But there's one you're missing. I'm from Florida and a few decades ago there was a guy who impersonated a detective for years. He knew police officers and actually went to the police station on a regular basis, had a badge, got a locker, worked on a few cases and (from what I heard) participated in a few raids. No one questioned him. When it was finally discovered he wasn't a real detective he actually got away with it. The department didn't press charges because they didn't want the story to get out that some dude impersonated a cop for that long and was able to do what he did. He was however told to leave town and never come back.

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