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Why would anyone give thousands of dollars to a Nigerian prince? Or play a well-known scam like Three Card Monte? Scammers and con artists convince people to do it every day. We will tell you why people become suckers and how it is done.

Scams & Cons Jim Grinstead

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 23 Ratings

Why would anyone give thousands of dollars to a Nigerian prince? Or play a well-known scam like Three Card Monte? Scammers and con artists convince people to do it every day. We will tell you why people become suckers and how it is done.

    Cults: I know what's best for you. Give me your money and abandon your family. You'll be glad you did.

    Cults: I know what's best for you. Give me your money and abandon your family. You'll be glad you did.

    In Greek mythology, The Sirens were beautiful women with the upper bodies of humans and the lower bodies of birds whose bewitching songs lured sailors to their doom. Their singing lured sailors would try bringing their ships close to shore where they would either crash their ships or sailors would jump overboard and drown.

    Today's sirens are cult leaders, their methods draw you in, convince you they can ease your pain and making you part of their family, all along siphoning off your money and all connections to the outside world.

    Cults can be dangerous things. In this episode we introduce you to a cult member and a cult leader who tell you how it's done and how she managed to break away.

    It's a compelling story, but we won't send you away believing that Scams & Cons will provide you unending love and harmony ... unless you're into that kind of thing.

    Dr. Janja Lialich
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    • 18 min
    Blackmail: I know a guy who knows a guy. Know what I mean?

    Blackmail: I know a guy who knows a guy. Know what I mean?

    Scammers and con artists generally trick suckers into handing their money over willingly. Blackmail is intended to have you believe you have no choice but to pay up, even though you know they'll be back for more.

    Experts nearly universally believe that blackmailers should not be paid and they rarely come through on their threats. But at the time, you're scared and afraid to turn to anyone for help because you must confess what it is that the blackmailer is threatening you with.

    In this episode, Scams & Cons, tells you how to recognize blackmail, how it works and that help is available without making you vulnerable.

    Listen to this one. You've got a nice little headset there. It would be a shame if something happened to it.
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    • 21 min
    A quick look at voter registration fraud

    A quick look at voter registration fraud

    Scams & Cons will be back in two weeks, but before we return, it seemed timely to talk about voter registration fraud.

    Registration fraud is different from voter fraud in that it seeks to change documentation. Voter fraud is when someone who is ineligible attempts to cast a ballot.

    We're apolitical here, but we do want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote, gets to vote. Listen in a find out how to protect your rights.

    Our regular Scams & Cons episodes return September 9 for our third season with a program on blackmail. Be sure to listen. We know where you live.

    • 9 min
    Awww... I've missed you guys

    Awww... I've missed you guys

    The new season of Scams & Cons begins Sept. 8 with an episode about Blackmail, but in the meantime, we thought we'd share one of our most popular episodes -- Parking Lot Scams.

    Parking Lot Scams
    Some would say parking lots themselves are scams: $20 for two hours. Really?!!!
    They are also places where, for at least a short time, you’re trapped. When backing out of your parking space, someone could rap on your window, and ask for money to buy food or for a bus ticket to get home. There is no escape and you must deal with the situation somehow.
    There are many more scams that depend upon confronting you in vulnerable moment. In this episode, you’ll learn what they are and how con artists manipulate you into giving them money, even when you know you’re being scammed. 

    • 15 min
    Summer break! We'll be back in the fall!

    Summer break! We'll be back in the fall!

    Summer is for kicking back on the porch with some cheap wine and hot wings -- that is unless you live here in the Southeast where temps of 90+ have been common for about three weeks now.

    Instead, we'll be kickin' back here at the ranch reflecting on the ending of Scams & Cons' second season and the upcoming Season 3 coming this fall. We're already well at work with stories about blackmail, cults and the Mustard Con.

    We'll be in touch when we get ready start Season 3, so, choose a temperature-appropriate spot, dangle your feet in the water and stay safe.

    • 1 min
    Music scams: Both musicians and listeners can be off-key

    Music scams: Both musicians and listeners can be off-key

    The hills are alive with the sound of scammers
    Singing lies and deceits that are decades old.
    Their songs fill my heart with hopes of stardom,
    But they just steal my songs and leave me broke.
    Musicians that travel to Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, Austin and other music centers are looking for a break and scammers step right up to boost their egos and brag about the now-famous who became stars only after meeting them.
    It’s quite a temptation and hopefuls rarely do the due diligence to find out whether what they’re being told is true.
    Fans get duped, too, by musicians who seem to overflow with talent, but are only good at syncing the silent instrument they hold to a recording playing through a nearby speaker.
    We’ll tell you the tales of how the sound of music ends up being the sound of cash being taken from your pocket. It results in a tragic ending, set in a minor key.

    Col. Tom Parker profile from Smithsonian Magazine
    David Hooper: Music Business Radio

    David Hooper books

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

ILickedThis ,

New, but good.

This is a high quality show that goes into a deep dive on both well-known and more obscure scams and grifts. It takes an almost academic disinterest in the victims and focuses instead on how the con actually works.

There are some technical issues with the show (such as each quoted audio playing twice in the psychic episode - once correctly and the second time over the host speaking), but I suspect these represent growing pains and not legitimate problems with the podcast.

Joshdone ,

I'm suspect

After listening to the house scams episode, it had a pronounced alarmist, very right wingy tone. I'm surprised it's not a New York Post podcast. I'll pass - there's way better (Swindled) pods out there.

KO ESQ ,

Just too short

Love the show but wish it were longer. Great for quick trips though!

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