How the Mafia Makes Money

Mob rackets are far-reaching when it comes to organized crime. Since its formation, the mafia has infiltrated almost every aspect of American life. From bars and restaurants to credit cards and even garbage hauling, the mob has its hands in it – or did at some point.

From the earliest days of alcohol bootlegging, the mafia has found innovative ways to bring in the bucks over the years. And they made tons! Learn about some of these mob rackets below, and keep checking back as we’ll be adding new in-depth stories about ways the mob made money in the future. Also, be sure to check out our list of mobsters involved in various rackets via the accompanying links in the sidebar.

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Mob Rackets

The Mob and Garbage

One of the more durable underworld rackets created over the years has been the Mafia’s infiltration of the garbage carting...

The Credit Card Racket

Starting in the mid-1960s, the mafia quickly realized the tremendous money-making potential of credit cards and took full advantage!

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