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TV's 10 scummiest get-rich-quick schemers

Infomercial get-rich-quick schemes are a little like weight-loss scams: both of them take something that's relatively simple -- work more to make more money, eat less to lose weight -- and pretend that there's a magic path through all the time and effort and commitment it takes. It's all about the lure, all about the promises.

PT Barnum said that there was a sucker born every minute--but that number goes way up after 2:30 a.m. From grandfatherly to sleazy, here are some of the most notorious pitchmen, and the schemes they've employed to make themselves rich on the backs of the suckers who just want to be rich, too.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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