40 episodes

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.
New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Scamfluencers Wondery

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 596 Ratings

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

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.
New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Three Weddings and a Funeral | Part I

    Three Weddings and a Funeral | Part I

    This episode comes out for free on 02/06, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    Sign up on wonderyplus.com/applepodcasts and stay up-to-date on the latest new podcasts and more from Wondery.

    In the late 1970s, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter leaves his small Bavarian village in pursuit of the American dream. He enrolls in high school in Connecticut and tries to impress his classmates with fake accents, fancy suits, and grandiose stories. Over the years, he spins even bigger lies and creates fake names and new identities all over the country, winning over unsuspecting women along the way. By the time his victims figure out he’s been hiding a gruesome secret, it’ll be too late.

    Intercontinental Con Man

    Intercontinental Con Man

     When a Colombian teenager survives an hours-long trip inside the wheel well of a plane, he becomes an instant celebrity. A local family in Miami decides to adopt him, in the hopes of giving him a better life in America. But they quickly realize he’s not who he says he is, and he’s not even a teenager at all. In fact, this is just the start of his journey into becoming one of the world’s most charming, cunning, and completely untraceable identity thieves. His speciality? Sophisticated hotel heists all over the globe.

    Please support us by supporting our sponsors!

    Honey - Join Honey for free by going to Join Honey.com/scampod

    Factor - Go to go.factor75.com/scampod60 and use code Scampod60 to get 60% off your first box.

    Policy Genius - See how much you can save by going to policygenius.com

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 48 min
    The Fitness Faker

    The Fitness Faker

    After years of struggling with an eating disorder and poor self esteem, Brittany Dawn decides to reinvent herself: as a body-positive influencer. She launches her own online business as a personal trainer and fitness coach, and she sells “personalized” plans to help others who are struggling with the same issues she did. But when her clients discover their plans are not at all what was advertised, they decide to team up – and uncover the truth about Brittany’s business. 




    If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, here are some additional resources: 




    National Eating Disorder Association: 1-800-931-2237

    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 888-375-7767

    Please support us by supporting our sponsors!

    Factor- Go togo.factor75.com/scampod60and use code Scampod60 to get 60% off your first box.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 43 min
    There’s Something About Martin | Part I

    There’s Something About Martin | Part I

    With his uncanny gift for shorting stocks and predicting the market, Martin Shkreli becomes a finance wunderkind almost right out of college. He experiments with hedge funds and eventually starts his own Pharma company, raising millions of dollars from high-profile investors. But when his Twitter antics and social media trolling begin to raise red flags, Martin’s reputation tanks. And after he price-gouges a life-saving drug, he goes from finance bro to the most hated man in America.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 40 min
    There’s Something About Martin | Part II

    There’s Something About Martin | Part II

    After breaking a big story about Martin Shkreli for Bloomberg, journalist Christie Smith wants to dig deeper into the man who’s become the face of corporate greed. She begins following him everywhere, and she decides he’s not the villain the press has made him out to be. As Martin continues to come under fire for his unhinged antics, Christie’s admiration for him only seems to grow. When their relationship finally comes to light, the damage will already have been done. 

    Please support us by supporting our sponsors!

    Policy Genius - See how much you can save by going to policygenius.com

    Babble - Save up to 60% off of a new subscription right now by going to babble.com/scampod




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 43 min
    The Shady Bunch | Part I

    The Shady Bunch | Part I

    Todd and Julie Chrisley paint the picture of a lavish Southern lifestyle on their over-the-top reality TV show Chrisley Knows Best. They show off their massive home in suburban Atlanta, their kids drive luxury cars, and Todd makes frequent trips to Beverly Hills for haircuts. But behind the scenes, everything isn’t all glitz and glamour. The real story involves an extramarital affair, blackmail, and fake financial records that threaten to completely upend their reality TV empire.

    Please support us by supporting our sponsors!

    Honey - Join Honey for free by going to Join Honey.com/scampod




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
596 Ratings

596 Ratings

Nic Lee 10 ,

Enjoyed first listen

Hi. I enjoyed the three episode series on Zac Horowitz. But I found the overuse of OMG and f-bombs distracting and unnecessary. I’ll try a different episode soon and see if this is a constant. Thank you.

Shazz Mack ,

Excellent production

Great storytelling. Great sound. Well edited. Good chemistry in the banter between hosts. They also cite and thank their research sources. Oh, and the hosts are 🇨🇦 (only clue was that they pronounce “Toronto” correctly. 🤩

norrhern loggers ,

Hard to say

I’ve loved everything I have heard on wonder y. That is until this show came along. Good ideas for a show but the hosts have to be some of the most ignorant women I have ever heard.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Apostrophe Podcast Network
Go Goat Sports
iHeartPodcasts
Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
This American Life
Pushkin Industries

You Might Also Like

Wondery
Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios
Wondery
Campside Media / Sony Music Entertainment
iHeartPodcasts and AYR Media
iHeartPodcasts and Glass Podcasts