118 episodes

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House! ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

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    • 3.8 • 258 Ratings

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House! ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

    113: You Look Great & You’re Perfect! w/ Ellen Haun

    113: You Look Great & You’re Perfect! w/ Ellen Haun

    Diets are a scam, so tell your New Year's resolution to suck it. Caitlin brings on special guest host, Ellen Haun, to talk about the diet trends that have clawed their way into our lives. These scammy diets have claimed for years to be the golden ticket to a perfect body but even your BMI is a total scam! It was even used in the 80s by insurance companies to overcharge and discriminate against clients. We’re not bringing that foolishness in 2021!

    Diet and wellness culture is crippling and Ellen and Caitlin are here to tell you YOU LOOK GREAT and YOUR BODY IS PERFECT! 


    Resources:


    NY Times: The Great Diet Crash: A crusade against Tanya Zuckerbrot’s F-Factor diet. 

    British Dietician’s 2019 Worst Diets to Avoid

    “The Omnivore's Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

    Dietetic Associations
    From McDonald's To Organic Valley You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp, NPR

    Adolphe Quetelet and the Evolution of Body Mass Index (BMI): A 19th century 'Renaissance man' devised a ratio we use today. Psychology Today 
    Your Fat Friend
    You’re Wrong About Podcast: The Obesity Epidemic


    Maintenance Phase Podcast 

    Virgie Tovar 


    Rebel Eaters Club Podcast 

    I’m not going to answer the same question about being fat any more, by Lindy West

    “Hunger” by Roxane Gay 
    Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus, NPR
    Why BMI Is a Big Fat Scam, Mother Jones 
    Why BMI is inaccurate and misleading, Medical News Today 

    The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI, Elemental



    Ellen’s Book Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling
    And Other Feminist Fairy Tales
    Ellen’s Insta
    Caitlin’s Youtube Channel 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    112: ¡ESCANDALITO! Hilaria Baldwin

    112: ¡ESCANDALITO! Hilaria Baldwin

    This week, Sue bursts forth from maternity leave to talk about Hilaria Baldwin with Caitlin. You know her: the famous mom, yogi, wife, and admirer of all things Spanish. 

    Sue and Caitlin discuss the current headlines and Reddit threads buzzing over this grift. If you travel to Spain a few times and come back with a full accent and a spray tan, forgetting the English word for cucumber ... you might be the Latina Rachel Dolezal?

    Resources:
    Original Twitter thread- https://twitter.com/lenibriscoe/status/1341095257233125379

    Hola Magazine featuring Hilaria - https://us.hola.com/celebrities/20180503fufntomh9c/hilaria-baldwin-alec-baldwin-parenting-children-swng


    Instagram post about her skin color - https://twitter.com/Housewiveslie/status/1343712024866541577?s=20


    Daily Mail article - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2613937/Pushing-Miss-Baldwin-Hilaria-ropes-posh-pads-doorman-yoga-pose-day.html


    Epic thread on DC Urban Moms - https://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/828844.page


    Hilaria’s father’s blog post - https://internationalintegrators.org/food-and-relationship-slowing-down-to-enjoy-both/


    And, of course, the Hilaria subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/HilariaBaldwin/ 



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    • 48 min
    Happy Holidays from Scam Wow!

    Happy Holidays from Scam Wow!

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    • 4 min
    111. Jesus Will Dropship You A Horse Mask

    111. Jesus Will Dropship You A Horse Mask

    Why was Newsweek raided? Is Olivet University trying to sell you mealworms?
    The International Business Times, Newsweek, Jesus II, and drop shipping all make an appearance in this scam that combines religion, e-commerce, and a shady department store. 

    Journalist (and Caity’s husband) Allen Arthur brings a (probably purposely) convoluted scam even the journalists reporting on it don’t fully understand. Grab your pencil, students, and start taking notes from minute 19. The story takes so many twists and turns we can barely keep it straight. And we are living for it! 

    Happy holidays from Caity, Sue, and Cait! We love you and special thank you to our Patreon patrons for all your support this year! 

    Resources:
    https://www.manhattanda.org/da-vance-announces-indictment-of-olivet-university-officials-and-christian-media-ceo-in-25-million-fraud-probe-arising-out-of-newsweek-investigation/

    https://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/03/newsweek-ibt-olivet-david-jang/

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/27/style/what-is-inside-this-internet-rabbit-hole.html

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/newsweek-office-servers-searched-manhattan-district-attorney-probe-785148%3famp=1

    https://www.newsweek.com/newsweek-manhattan-da-olivet-university-david-jang-fired-new-york-media-813949


    Jenny Odell
    Allen Arthur
    Caitlin’s New YouTube Channel 
    https://www.patreon.com/scamwowpodcast?fan_landing=true 



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    110. Ding Dong, it’s the Cops! With Josh Gondelman

    110. Ding Dong, it’s the Cops! With Josh Gondelman

    Comedian and writer Josh Gondelman is this week’s guest, and he just might be the nicest comedian in New York City. Plus, if you are a scammer, you will love this guy. 
    Josh shares his long history with scams, how a carny changed his life, and the flirty drunk-girl texts that apparently everyone is getting. 
    Plus, so many questions came out of this episode like: Where is all Josh’s dog food? Can a teddybear be pointy? And most importantly, do you just want to be treated like a princess, and are you from Malden LOLz?"

    Josh writes for Desus and Mero, has earned four Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and three WGA Awards. He’s been published in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and had his standup debut on Conan. 

    Check out his pop culture and politics game show podcast Make My Day because it's hysterical. Make My Day


    Resources:
    Washington Post Article 
    23 and Oh Geez: Bloomberg article  & Forbes article 
    Last Seen Podcast 
    The Marris Review Podcast

    Josh’s Book, Nice Try
    https://twitter.com/joshgondelman
    http://www.joshgondelman.com
    https://www.sho.com/desus-and-mero






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    • 1 hr 1 min
    109. Oh No? More like, Au Pair!

    109. Oh No? More like, Au Pair!

    She’s a talent scout, devoted babysitter, and sometimes impersonates Florida judges: It’s Australian con artist Samantha Azzopardi. Our special guest this week, comedian Ariel Elias, unpacks the many scams and uncomfortably basic aliases of Azzopardi. Azzopardi traveled around the globe conning unsuspecting families, young girls, and even entire police stations. Is she schizophrenic, is she creative, or is she just craving attention à la Caroline Calloway? Ariel Elias is a nationally touring standup and was recently praised by the New York Times for having a perfect joke. It’s a fun one!

    Resources:
    Ariel Elias Twitter 
    New York Times, Live Comedy Is Back in New York! But Outdoors. Is This a Good Thing?
    https://www.arieleliascomedy.com 

    New Yorker Article How Stories Deceive
    The Age, Australia Samantha Azzopardi 'posed as a talent scout called Marley', court told
    Daily Mail Serial fraudster 'forces a 12-year-old girl to perform a series of increasingly bizarre tasks - including telling Centrelink she had seen a ghost'
    News.com.au CCTV of alleged conwoman dressed as a schoolgirl emerges


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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

Musickmagick ,

Entertaining show

People need to stop being such babys and complain about everything. Keep doing what you guys do.

Anthony OG ,

Scamtastic!!!

Simply wonderful, witty and alluring! Sue and Cait have great chemistry, along side all the amazing folks they introduce! Past present potential future Scams! They cover it all! (All roads lead back to Caroline Calloway)

Cabrita ,

Sad

Get over yourselves.

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