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From New York’s fake heiress to Donald Trump, we’re living in the age of the scam | Hadley Freeman

Anna Sorokin was found guilty of, among other things, stealing more than $200,000. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Unless you are Bob Dylan in the 60s, or Bret Easton Ellis in the 90s, it is very hard to capture the zeitgeist when you are still living through it. But while I have yet to write my The Times They Are A-Changin’ or American Psycho, I’m going to describe this era as the age of the scam. Everywhere you look, there are people who have figured out ways to game our shoddy system, from politics to pop culture, and who are making inordinate amounts of

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