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 5: Turning the Tables
The scam has a whole other set of victims — the female producers and studio execs who had their names and reputations damaged by the Con Queen. Josh goes to visit Deb Snyder, one of the biggest film producers in Hollywood, and finds that she has some very interesting things to share about our scammer.
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse
Nicole, the private investigator, joins us inside the rabbit hole, and begins to chip away at some of the scammer's defenses. That work also uncovers one incredible secret.
Chapter 3: Into the Rabbit Hole
The Hollywood Con Queen scam is far bigger and more complicated than anyone recognized. Each victim seems to lead to five more victims, and the more Josh and Vanessa unpack this baffling con, the weirder things get.
Chapter 2: Heather
Eddie wasn't the first person to fall into this fake movie trap. Not even close. Two years before Eddie got that call, Heather, a make-up artist in London, heard from a different producer, about a different movie, also in Indonesia. But Heather's trip was far more harrowing. She feared for her life. And her story pulls us deeper into the tangled web of the Hollywood Con Queen scam.
Chapter 1: The Hook
Eddie, an aspiring film industry trainer, gets a call from a powerful producer offering him the opportunity of a lifetime -- a major film project, in Indonesia. But when Eddie gets to Jakarta, there is no movie. And after some friends back home do a little sleuthing, Eddie realizes that he's been pulled into something far bigger than just a little scam.
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The incredible true story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and the hunt for the sick mastermind behind it. With Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. A production of Campside Media.
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Well researched and put together. Excellent podcast, well worth your time!!
One of those podcasts that make my typically mundane hour and a half commute to work feel too short. I couldn’t wait to get back in my car and continue listening where I left off. Crazy, wild ride. Can’t wait to hear the ending, but also don’t want it to end!!!!!