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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
    • 4.4 • 902 Ratings

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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.
Listen to Scamfluencers on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/scamfluencers/ now.

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    Who Wants to Scam a Millionaire

    Who Wants to Scam a Millionaire

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    Charles and Diana Ingram are an average British couple with a love of pub quizzes who set out to appear on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? But when Charles wins the big prize, the producers point to a coughing fit to claim he cheated his way to the win. The public outcry, and criminal trial, ruined the Ingrams for good. And now, decades later, some wonder if maybe the Ingrams are the ones who got conned.

    Making Up The Grade: The College Admissions Scandal

    Making Up The Grade: The College Admissions Scandal

    Rick Singer is a college admissions consultant whose elaborate, secretive network of college coaches and admissions officers can rig the system to get rich kids into top tier schools of their parents’ choosing… for a price. But when the feds start listening in, Rick will fail the ultimate test, and expose the dark side of the American education system.

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    • 45 min
    Steve Madden: The Cobbler Con

    Steve Madden: The Cobbler Con

    Steve Madden transforms from Long Island screw-up to fashion icon thanks to an eye for fashionable footwear and an addiction to work. But to get his shoe brand off the ground, Steve got entangled with one of the Wolf of Wall Street himself, Jordan Belfort. And Steve’s dealings with Jordan — including wild parties and stock manipulation — won’t stay secret forever. When Jordan’s scam spirals out of control, Steve’s left on his back foot.

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    • 46 min
    Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy

    Listen Now: Happily Never After: Dan & Nancy

    Nancy Brophy fills her novels with romantic betrayals and murder. It’s a far cry from her quiet life in the suburbs, where she and her chef husband, Dan, are living out their golden years. But when Dan is shot dead, Nancy finds herself at the center of a murder case that could be ripped from the pages of her novels.




    From Wondery, this is a story about what happens when the line blurs between fiction and reality. 




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    • 5 min
    ENCORE: Shot Through the Heart

    ENCORE: Shot Through the Heart

    Now that evil dentist Larry Rudlph has finally been sentenced, we return to the story of the deadly safari that unraveled a lifetime of grift. Larry seems to have it all: A devoted wife and family, a growing business, and big-game hunting hobby that lets him travel the world. But his dental practice isn’t all it seems… and an affair with his hygienist spins into a murder scheme so cold-blooded, it’ll land them both behind bars. 

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    • 43 min
    ENCORE: The Shady Bunch Part 2

    ENCORE: The Shady Bunch Part 2

    In the second part of our two-part series on the Chrisleys, the family is riding high on their hit reality show and several spin offs, but the cracks are starting to show. Tax fraud allegations have the Feds circling, and some of the Chrisley kids are starting to spill the tea about what’s really happening behind the scenes. While gossip plays out on social media, the real drama plays out in federal court. The downfall of this all-American Christian dynasty is downright unholy.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
902 Ratings

902 Ratings

Tanné des surnoms ,

Fun but misinformed

The podcast itself is fun but sometimes the lack of knowledge or context is frustrating. Especially when it is non English sources of cases

nandisai ,

Hinduphobic rants

Unbelievable stereotype of Gurus who are esteemed teachers. To title and have a podcast in it using derogatory remarks is outrageous. Just because few people who should not be called Gurus were responsible for poor conduct in some cases. Yoga is a spiritual context not a mere exercise and to use a term that originates from Hindu culture and religion with terms like hustler is blasphemous.
Hindus are not aggressive and manipulative like other religious cultures and this has become a weak point in a free for all jungle where anything goes .
There are pedophiles in the Church. Rapes in mosques. Islam has been the most parasitic violent cult but no one has the balls to talk about it.! Xtianity has poisoned all ancient faiths through conversion and sold its faith by demeaning Hindu faith.
Stop stereotyping and misleading by misusing sacred terms in the wrong context.

Mirandygilbert ,

Love!

I love it. Funny, witty, and the most outrageous stories that keep me gasping in shock when I’m bored at work. I can’t get enough!

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