- Spanish Swindle.
- Call number
- MssCol 4627
- Physical description
- .1 linear feet (1 folder)
- Preferred Citation
- Spanish Swindle letters, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
A Spanish Swindle, also called a Spanish prisoner swindle, was a confidence scheme which involved sending letters to prospective marks announcing that a wealthy man was being held in a Spanish prison under false pretenses and needed to raise money to secure his release. The mark is instructed to put up money toward this ransom, with the promise of a large reward once the prisoner is released. Collection includes swindle letters mailed to prospective victims from Mexico (1950, 1952) and Spain (1923). Also includes correspondence and clippings concerning the swindle
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328