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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
    • 4.1 • 186 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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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Brazil's Supermom | Mommy Dearest

    Brazil's Supermom | Mommy Dearest

    Beloved gospel singer and congresswoman, Flordelis dos Santos de Souza was revered in Brazil as the “Mother of the Nation” for adopting 55 children. But when her husband is killed during an armed robbery -- everyone in the family becomes a potential suspect. The investigation unravels a deception so twisted it shocks the nation. Is Floredlis a superstar or super-criminal?

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    • 44 min
    Brazil's Supermom | Bad At Dying

    Brazil's Supermom | Bad At Dying

    Suspicion builds around Flordelis and her mega-sized family as the investigation unfolds and the horrifying truth comes to light. When a suspect is arrested and Flordelis’ children begin to turn on her, it becomes clear that her saintly facade may have been the greatest con of all.




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    Dr. Teen Love, MD | Master of Deception

    Dr. Teen Love, MD | Master of Deception

    Malachi Love-Robinson, a sickly teenager from South Florida, has dreams of becoming a doctor someday. The only problem? He doesn’t want to wait. With just a white lab coat and a stethoscope, Malachi transforms himself into “Doctor Love” and launches a medical career. Unfortunately, as with all good scammers, he gets too ambitious, raising the stakes higher and higher, until one day, the “Doctor” meets the wrong “patient.”

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    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | The Talented Mr. Avery

    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | The Talented Mr. Avery

    Zach Horwitz owns a sandwich and smoothie shop in Chicago, but dreams of moving to Hollywood to make it as an actor. Luckily, Zach knows a thing or two about creating high-stakes fantasy worlds, just like in the movies. So he crafts an opportunity of a lifetime out of thin air that lands him and his girlfriend, Mallory, in Los Angeles. Mallory is his biggest supporter, and for a while, it seems like Zach is finding fast success… until he bites off more than he can chew. Over the next three episodes, Scaachi and Sarah will explore the meteoric rise of a Hollywood wannabe best-known for his headline-making arrest.

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    • 41 min
    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | Once Upon a Crime in Hollywood

    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | Once Upon a Crime in Hollywood

    Zach Horwitz is finally living out his movie star dream. He even has a new stage name. The call sheet has him listed as Zach Avery. But behind the scenes, he's starting to break character as a businessman. His Ponzi scheme disguised as a production company is beginning to fumble. If Zach plans to continue fooling his investors, he'll need to keep the cash flowing.

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    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | To Live and Lie in LA

    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | To Live and Lie in LA

    Zach's fake business deals and lies are starting to catch up with him. The money has stopped flowing, and entertainment bigwigs are hounding him for answers. But like everyone else in Hollywood, Zach thinks he's just one box-office smash away from solving all his problems.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

shhh_woww ,

Interesting & Intriguing

Stories are very interesting and well presented.

uncle gladys ,

Excellent podcast

Your pronunciation is spot on! Vocal fry and other annoying speech habits prompt me to hit the unsubscribe button immediately. You gals are superb in every way! I’m not usually a fan of two hosts but you pull it off very well. Also, your topics are different (who needs to hear about the black dahlia EVER AGAIN?) and interesting. Seriously this is the only podcast I’ve ever consider paying for. Keep up the excellent work you fabulous women!

From a Prosecutor ,

Topic is promising…

The podcast is ok, but the main reason I wanted to leave a review was because I found the comments about the two hosts relationship dynamic to be odd. I don’t think these two are mean to each other at all. I found them pleasant to listen to….. and I listened to all the episodes just waiting for it… but nothing. I listen to a lot of ‘generation why’ and I feel like Aaron speaks more rudely to Justin then these two hosts do to one another lol.

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