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You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey. On Wondery’s new weekly series, join co-hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi as they unpack epic stories of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health, and wellness. These influencers claim to be everything from charismatic healers to trusted financial insiders to experts in dating. They cast spells over millions. Why do we believe them, and how does our culture allow them to thrive? From Black Swan Murder to a fake social media influencer to an audacious Hollywood Ponzi schemer, each season will take the listener along the twists and turns, the impact on victims, and what’s left when the facade falls away.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 151 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey. On Wondery’s new weekly series, join co-hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi as they unpack epic stories of deception from the worlds of social media, fashion, finance, health, and wellness. These influencers claim to be everything from charismatic healers to trusted financial insiders to experts in dating. They cast spells over millions. Why do we believe them, and how does our culture allow them to thrive? From Black Swan Murder to a fake social media influencer to an audacious Hollywood Ponzi schemer, each season will take the listener along the twists and turns, the impact on victims, and what’s left when the facade falls away.

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    The Book Bandit

    The Book Bandit

    When a seemingly sophisticated phishing scam preys upon some of the biggest authors, publishers, and agents in the world, it throws the book industry into chaos – and turns everyone involved into an amateur detective. Rumors about the scammer’s identity – and motives – abound. And as the scammer gets bolder, his targets become determined to crack the mystery wide open.




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    • 48 min
    Gossip Girls | Part I

    Gossip Girls | Part I

    In 2016, a mysterious apology video surfaces online. In it, two jet-setting sisters from Canada, Kiran and Jyoti Matharoo, claim they’re the masterminds behind a vicious gossip site that’s been stirring up scandal and controversy in Nigeria. The only problem? The video is a fabrication — and the truth is even stranger.

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    • 38 min
    Gossip Girls | Part II

    Gossip Girls | Part II

    The Matharoo sisters have gone from globe-trotting tastemakers to detained prisoners. Stuck in an airport hotel without their passports or phones, they decide to take matters into their own hands – and hatch a bold escape plan. Before long, their story goes from local gossip fodder to an international scandal.




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    • 39 min
    Serial Killer Grifter | Part I

    Serial Killer Grifter | Part I

    This episode comes out for free on 09/26, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    In the late 1970s, a French horror fan named Stéphane Bourgoin becomes obsessed with serial killers. He manages a used bookstore specializing in crime fiction and begins writing articles on the topic, fashioning himself into an expert on all things morbid. And his career really takes off when he scores the opportunity of his dreams: to interview actual serial killers in prison. But the more influential he becomes, the closer he’ll get to being found out: as the ultimate fanboy and a total fraud.

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    Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | Part One

    Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | Part One

    Prince Khalid bin al-Saud is an international playboy from an ultra-wealthy Saudi family. He's posted hundreds of photos on Instagram showing off his lavish lifestyle, complete with private jets, designer bags, and a diamond-encrusted jaguar-shaped bracelet. But there's one problem -- he's a fake. His real name is Tony Gignac and he's from Detroit, Michigan. And he's about to pull off a series of daring cons from Dubai to Miami.

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    • 45 min
    Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | Part Two

    Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | Part Two

    Anthony Gignac, masquerading as a Saudi prince, is finally living the life of luxury he’s always dreamed of. But of course, it’s not enough. He’s planning his biggest scam yet. He’s going to buy one of Miami’s most iconic hotels. That is, until a billionaire real estate magnate starts digging around… and discovers a trail of lies.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

AnnaGeisel ,

Great content, a bit racist though.

Honestly I love the show but the hate directed towards white people is palpable. Ask yourselves if you wouldn’t say it about a “black person, brown person, Asian person” should you say it about a white person?!. It flattens the race and is pretty offensive. White people “much like any other race” are diverse. No one white person’s culture is the same as another’s . We have a set of complex norms beliefs practices histories. Flattening us to just “white people” is super offensive. Racism is racism, just don’t do it.

Goanna2020 ,

Leave out skin colour please !

I totally agree with review below. Labelling people by the colour of their skin is beyond me. All “brown” people demand their kids stay at home until they get married. Please ! All “white” and “black” people are the same because of their skin colour … please! I’ve travelled the world and was in South Africa during Apartheid. It really is patronising and racist to group people by skin colour. You do it in Even The Rich as well. Your podcasts are mostly fun and entertaining would be great to leave regressive and patronising skin colour generalisation out of them. As a believer in free speech that’s up to you … but have a think over history and what dividing people by skin colour has done to society in many countries please. 😊

spongecatsquaredog ,

Really good

Incredibly entertaining and interesting without being too intense.

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