You may have heard the tall tales about Arthur Ferguson, the Scottish alleged con artist famous for “selling” English national monuments to American tourists in the 1920s.  If the stories are to be believed, armed only with his wits and acting prowess, he posed as an agent of the British Government and sold Nelson’s column for £6,000 and took down payments of £1,000 against Big Ben and £2,000 against Buckingham Palace.  We will probably never know whether the stories about Arthur are real or fictional.  But what we do know is that property fraud is unfortunately very real and alive and kicking in the UK today.

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Sarah Bonwick