The Use Of Money Fraud In Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

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In America, there is a growing problem that exists with money fraud, laundering and sly scams. “Americans are criminally defrauded of $12.76 billion annually,” (Kita) a number that will continue to rise with the prevalence of technology being used in the work space and also in the common day household. People can be tricked into giving their money away in a variety of ways. In “The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale” in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, he elaborates on this idea, and allows us to peer into the mindset of a swindler of his time. The story on the Canon’s Yeoman tells about how he’d go to many lengths to extract money from his subjects. Whether that be giving them fake jewelry, a vial that contains a luck potion, or even an artifact that grants wisdom; lying was never a problem when it came to securing his next paycheck. Similarly, people in other countries look towards the the ignorance of Americans in their …show more content…
His victims wanted him for his money because he posed as a millionaire tycoon with an oil business out in North Dakota. Taylor would trick his ‘clients’ by opening up new bank accounts under their credit card info and saying that it was a business account. Just like the canon, he used the ol’ borrow money trick: “In other instances, he promised to repay the victims – and at least once tried to do so using funds from another victim, prosecutors said,” (Taylor) but for him it was ineffective as he was caught stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even in the modern age people see money fraud as a way to support themselves financially. A term that has been thrown around here and there across the years is ‘Nigerian scams’, and are they real? Yes, thousands of Nigerians use the internet and make phone calls to the United States to transfer money from our bank account into theirs. A 3-year old article written by Erika Eichelberger highlights her discovery on her trip to

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