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Tricky Vic - An Impossibly Good Con Man - Summary

When he was young, Robert Miller wasn't known as a "Count." He didn't come from a royal family, although he was very smart.

Miller used his intelligence to become education. He was able to speak several languages, which stood him in good stead for his chosen profession as a "con man."

Before WWI, Miller—who was born in 1890—traveled on cruise ships between France and America. Somewhere along the way, he took the name of "Count Victor Lustig."

Traveling back and forth, about luxury liners, Miller / Lustig met many people who were actually very gullible. Using various methods, he was able to separate them from their money (for which they received essentially nothing in return). By the time the hoodwinked people realized they'd "been had," Tricky Vic was long gone.

When cruising the ocean came to a stop, during WWI, Lustig found other ways to con people. One of his most-famous was an unbelievable scam to sell the Eiffel Tower (for scrap).

Tricky Vic cruised along, with his numerous cons, until one day in 1935 police in New York City caught-up with him. After he was arrested, however, he pulled-off one of his most-outrageous and daring actions.

In this story, behind the children's book by Greg Pizzoli, meet the real Robert Miller (also known as Victor Lustig). See where he was born, where he traveled and where he ended-up. Along the way, learn about his most-famous scams (and how he convinced real people to give him lots of money).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Aug 19, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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