105 episodes

Anyone can fall victim to a con. But what kind of person intentionally tries to deceive and manipulate someone? Peek behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and fraudsters, and explore how far someone would go to gain money, power, and respect. Con Artists is a Spotify Original from Parcast. 

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

Anyone can fall victim to a con. But what kind of person intentionally tries to deceive and manipulate someone? Peek behind the masks of hustlers, swindlers, and fraudsters, and explore how far someone would go to gain money, power, and respect. Con Artists is a Spotify Original from Parcast. 

    The Fox Sisters

    The Fox Sisters

    In the late 1840s in Western New York, two preteen girls tricked their parents into thinking their house was haunted. Their trick grew to include their hometown, and eventually the world, as their little prank became a religious movement known as Modern Spiritualism.


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    • 53 min
    Herbalife Pt. 2: “Diet Shake Scam”

    Herbalife Pt. 2: “Diet Shake Scam”

    In 2012, investor Bill Ackman made it his mission to bring Herbalife down, citing unethical business practices. But the string of lawsuits, investigations, and news segments that followed did little to oust the billion dollar brand. 

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    • 46 min
    Herbalife Pt. 1: “Diet Shake Scam”

    Herbalife Pt. 1: “Diet Shake Scam”

    Mark Hughes founded Herbalife in 1980, with the stated goal of helping people lose weight the healthy way. The multi-level marketing company achieved astronomical success before a series of controversies put the spotlight on questionable business practices and toxic products. 


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    • 49 min
    Rudy Kurniawan Pt. 2 “Wine Connoisseur to Counterfeiter”

    Rudy Kurniawan Pt. 2 “Wine Connoisseur to Counterfeiter”

    By 2006, 29-year-old Rudy had been accepted into the wine elite after selling $35 million worth of bottles from his personal collection. But after discovering counterfeits, seasoned buyers began to grow skeptical—and one man became determined to bring Rudy to justice. 


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    • 46 min
    Con Artists Bites: Unrepentant Criminals

    Con Artists Bites: Unrepentant Criminals

    In addition to new episodes of Con Artists each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.

    Today we’re looking at unrepentant criminals. Why do some criminals lack empathy over their actions? 

    Clips featured: Crimes of Passion: Tyler Hadley Pt. 2, Female Criminals: “Lesbian Vampire Killer” Tracey Wiggington, Villains: Richard Kuklinski
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    • 18 min
    Rudy Kurniawan Pt. 1: “Wine Connoisseur to Counterfeiter”

    Rudy Kurniawan Pt. 1: “Wine Connoisseur to Counterfeiter”

    With his keen sense of taste and exceptional memory, Rudy Kurniawan rose up the ranks of wine connoisseurs around the world in the early 2000s. Then he began selling counterfeit wine, conning wine lovers out of millions. 


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    • 45 min

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