14 episodes

For the past 6 years, someone — or some group — has been terrorizing a certain class of Hollywood workers. Strivers — day players and physical trainers and make-up artists and security guards — receive a phone call or email offering the job of a lifetime. A key role on a major film, or TV show. This offer comes from a powerful woman — one of the biggest producers or studio executives in the industry. All these strivers have to do is get on a plane, for Jakarta, immediately. But when they land, there is no producer. There is no movie. It’s all a fraud. This is the incredible true story of one the longest and strangest cons in history. Tag along as two long-time journalists untangle the story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and embark upon an obsessive quest to figure out who’s behind it.

Chameleon: Hollywood Con Quee‪n‬ Campside Media

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 379 Ratings

For the past 6 years, someone — or some group — has been terrorizing a certain class of Hollywood workers. Strivers — day players and physical trainers and make-up artists and security guards — receive a phone call or email offering the job of a lifetime. A key role on a major film, or TV show. This offer comes from a powerful woman — one of the biggest producers or studio executives in the industry. All these strivers have to do is get on a plane, for Jakarta, immediately. But when they land, there is no producer. There is no movie. It’s all a fraud. This is the incredible true story of one the longest and strangest cons in history. Tag along as two long-time journalists untangle the story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and embark upon an obsessive quest to figure out who’s behind it.

    Chapter 10.5: Epilogue

    Chapter 10.5: Epilogue

    An update on the arrest, plus two voices from Gobind's distant past speak up to help us understand this mysterious man.
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    • 32 min
    Chapter 10: Curtain Call

    Chapter 10: Curtain Call

    Friends, classmates, even prison officials help us assemble a story of the Con Queen suspect that goes all the way back to his childhood.





    Chameleon has been a production of Campside Media

    Chameleon was developed, created, and written by Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis.

    The Executive Producer is Mark McAdam.

    The Associate Producer is Abukar Adan.

    Fact checking by Callie Hitchcock

    Editorial support by Doug Slawin, Natalia Winkelman, Rod Sherwood, and Ashleyanne Krigbaum.



    Our technical consultant and disinfo specialist is Ben Decker, of Memetica.

    Our theme song is “Bad Checks” by Houses.

    Sound design and additional music by Mark McAdam.

    Our Consulting Producers are Andy Horwitz at Atlas Entertainment

    and Charles Mastropietro, at Circle of Confusion

    The Executive Producers at Campside Media are Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Adam Hoff, and Matt Shaer.
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    • 50 min
    Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam

    Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam

    What makes con artists tick. In this special episode, we speak with author/journalist Maria Konnikova and psychoanalyst Alexander Stein.
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    • 28 min
    Chapter 9: Inside the Walls

    Chapter 9: Inside the Walls

    At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity.
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    • 45 min
    Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter

    Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter

    The hunt for the scammer continues, and frustration is at an all-time-high -- until our team gets the big break it's been looking for.
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    • 39 min
    Chapter 7: Ghosted

    Chapter 7: Ghosted

    With no sign of the case being resolved, and the Con Queen very much still racking up victims, the team decides to go hunting for this elusive scammer.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
379 Ratings

379 Ratings

hmc123 ,

Just brilliant

Just so good! Hooked from ep 1

TheGman99999 ,

Get on with it

The fairly interesting material could be told in a few episodes. It’s desperately slow-paced and SO. MUCH. ADVERTISING. Stretches of multiple minutes of advertising for other podcasts in every episode, which really put me off.

MsZoe85 ,

It’s pretty mediocre tbh

Feels like a poor man’s (or tabloid) version of Serial. The creators seemed to try desperately to mimic and downright imitate the style, but it ends up being more comedy than drama because of the low grade subject at hand.

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