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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
    • 3.8 • 2.4K 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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    The Book Bandit

    The Book Bandit

    When a seemingly sophisticated phishing scam preys upon some of the biggest authors, publishers, and agents in the world, it throws the book industry into chaos – and turns everyone involved into an amateur detective. Rumors about the scammer’s identity – and motives – abound. And as the scammer gets bolder, his targets become determined to crack the mystery wide open.




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    • 48 min
    Gossip Girls | Part I

    Gossip Girls | Part I

    In 2016, a mysterious apology video surfaces online. In it, two jet-setting sisters from Canada, Kiran and Jyoti Matharoo, claim they’re the masterminds behind a vicious gossip site that’s been stirring up scandal and controversy in Nigeria. The only problem? The video is a fabrication — and the truth is even stranger.

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    • 38 min
    Gossip Girls | Part II

    Gossip Girls | Part II

    The Matharoo sisters have gone from globe-trotting tastemakers to detained prisoners. Stuck in an airport hotel without their passports or phones, they decide to take matters into their own hands – and hatch a bold escape plan. Before long, their story goes from local gossip fodder to an international scandal.




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    • 39 min
    Serial Killer Grifter | Part I

    Serial Killer Grifter | Part I

     In the late 1970s, a French horror fan named Stéphane Bourgoin becomes obsessed with serial killers. He manages a used bookstore specializing in crime fiction and begins writing articles on the topic, fashioning himself into an expert on all things morbid. And his career really takes off when he scores the opportunity of his dreams: to interview actual serial killers in prison. But the more influential he becomes, the closer he’ll get to being found out: as the ultimate fanboy and a total fraud.

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    • 41 min
    Serial Killer Grifter | Part II

    Serial Killer Grifter | Part II

    This episode comes out for free on 10/03, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    By the 2000s, Stéphane Bourgoin isn’t just writing books and making documentaries about serial killers – he’s also influencing cops, prosecutors, and judges. He’s gained a group of devoted fans who watch all of his interviews and study his work. But when his fans begin to notice discrepancies in his stories, they band together to investigate a new subject: Stéphane himself. What they uncover will be even more disturbing than some of Stéphane’s own true crime tales.

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    Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | Part One

    Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | Part One

    Prince Khalid bin al-Saud is an international playboy from an ultra-wealthy Saudi family. He's posted hundreds of photos on Instagram showing off his lavish lifestyle, complete with private jets, designer bags, and a diamond-encrusted jaguar-shaped bracelet. But there's one problem -- he's a fake. His real name is Tony Gignac and he's from Detroit, Michigan. And he's about to pull off a series of daring cons from Dubai to Miami.

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

KenyariRuth14 ,

Great content

Great reporting and great stories 👍🏽
Give it a listen!

OsLo's Mom ,

Don’t bother

The stories are great! The hosts are Not. The constant giggling, “like”, “literally” “yeah, okay”. Not to mention the racial and gender stereotypes. There are intelligent and interesting podcasts that are worth your time. This is not one of them.

Madrikich ,

An easy listen with great hosts!

I absolutely adore this podcast! Saachi and Sara are awesome hosts, I could listen to the talk for hours! They are informed and their conversation is easy and interesting. I always listen as soon as each episode comes out!

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