21 episodes

It was a relationship that was going just the way Andrew Thomson planned...
right up until the point, Emma discovered his real identity. WOULD YOU HIT RECORD....?

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 53 Ratings

It was a relationship that was going just the way Andrew Thomson planned...
right up until the point, Emma discovered his real identity. WOULD YOU HIT RECORD....?

    The RomCON - Ep 1

    The RomCON - Ep 1

    Episode one, The RomCON, takes us back to where it all began...

    One swipe to the right. One small, seemingly insignificant flick of the index finger.....
    Meet my sister, Emma as she takes us back to the fateful day when she swiped right on the profile of Andrew Thomson.
    He's charming, charismatic, successful and empathetic, everything you look for in a life partner, right?
    He seemed like the perfect date but by date four the cracks were starting to appear. And they would be the first of many...

    Dr Sophie Muir, Clinical Psychologist joins us, shining a retrospective light on Emma's story and highlighting the red flags along the way


    Useful links

    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com


    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

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    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 


    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams



    If this topic has got you curious and you want to know more about the art of the con then check out:

    The Confidence Game: The Psychology of the Con and Why We Fall for it Every Time by Maria Konnikova

     




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    • 37 min
    The CONfidence Man - Ep 2

    The CONfidence Man - Ep 2

    By March 2019, Emma and the man she knows as Andrew Thomson have been dating for almost six months, their relationship appears to be going from strength to strength. Andrew had put in months and months of graft, it was now time for him to double down on his lies and do what he does best, exploit, rinse ..... and repeat.
     
    In the last Episode

    Emma meets a man called Andrew Thomson on tinder

    He is a charming, outgoing, entrepreneur from Tasmania, Australia

    The relationship moves from strength to strength over the first few dates, he seems too good to be true

    By date four Andrew lets Emma into what she thinks is his deepest, darkest secret, his false imprisonment in a Melbourne jail

    Emma is faced with a decision..... but everyone deserves a second chance, right?

     
    Useful links
     
    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com
     
     
    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

    email: conningthecon@yahoo.com


    Facebook: conningtheconpodcast


    Instagram: conningthecon


    Twitter: conningthecon1


     
     
    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 
     

    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams


     
     
    If this topic has got you curious you may like:
    The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

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    • 46 min
    ReCONnaissance - Ep 3

    ReCONnaissance - Ep 3

    Emma's friends, Sarsha and Jo, smell a rat. However, smelling a rat and catching a rat, well, they are two entirely different things!


    In the last Episode

    Andrew had spent six months grafting, building Emma's trust.

    By March 2019 he had finally hit the payload and convinced Emma to invest in a "property venture" with him.

    She 'invests' a smaller amount for a month before Andrew doubles down and goes in for the kill.

    Come the 8th of April, Emma is set to transfer the next big chunk of cash.



    Useful links

    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com

    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

    email: conningthecon@yahoo.com


    Facebook: conningtheconpodcast


    Instagram: conningthecon


    Twitter: conningthecon1




    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 


    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams



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    • 42 min
    IrreCONcilable Differences - Ep 4

    IrreCONcilable Differences - Ep 4

    Andrew has been playing a game of chess with Emma for six months. However, Emma's discovery of his real identity means the tables are about to turn on Andrew, just when he was almost at checkmate.

    In the last Episode

    Emma's friends, Sarsha and Jo, do some digging and find the ODT article (link below)

    Meanwhile, Emma is oblivious to their discovery and transfers $250,000 directly to Andrews account to invest

    Emma is the last to discover Andrew Thomson is actually convicted Fraudster Andrew Tonks

    Unravelling the truth from the lies she discovers Andrew Tonks works at a freighting company in dispatch!


    Otago Daily Times Article https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/fraudster-jailed-after-theft-pay-reparation

    Useful links

    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com

    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

    email: conningthecon@yahoo.com


    Facebook: conningtheconpodcast


    Instagram: conningthecon


    Twitter: conningthecon1




    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 


    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams



    Our thanks to the talented:
    Aroha Min for the theme tune
    Jon Stubbs - Voiceover artist
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    • 29 min
    CONcaved - Ep 5

    CONcaved - Ep 5

    We rejoin the story with Emma digesting the aftermath and calculating the cost of Andrew's deception. He still had a sizeable chunk of her money and getting it back was not going to be for the fainthearted. A plan was percolating, it was time to Con the Con.


    In the last Episode

    For the last six months, Andrew Tonks had been playing a game of chess with my sister Emma and up until the 9th of April 2019, she had no idea that she was playing it, let alone that Andrew was almost at checkmate. 

    In the previous episodes, unbeknownst to Andrew, Emma had discovered his real identity. Fight or flight kicked in ..... Emma chose to fight.

    She had swung into action to recover the money that had been transferred into his account only the day before. However, to have any chance of retrieving the money she couldn't let on that she knew his true identity. And so operation "Bank Transfer" swung into action.


    Useful links

    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com


    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

    email: conningthecon@yahoo.com


    Facebook: conningtheconpodcast


    Instagram: conningthecon


    Twitter: conningthecon1




    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 


    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams



    Our thanks to the talented:
    Aroha Min for the theme tune 
    Jon Stubbs - Voiceover Artist
    Annabel Miller - Voiceover Artist
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/conningthecon.

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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    • 45 min
    CONnections - Ep 6

    CONnections - Ep 6

    The New Zealand police were slowly but surely building that case against Andrew Tonks. And as far as we knew, Andrew, although he seemed a little suspicious, he didn't know that the net was closing in around him. But what he did know is that his house of cards had a few rather large cracks appearing in the foundations.

    In the last Episode
    Emma had just received a text from Andrew outlining his latest scheme to repay his debt to her. 
    And so it was that Andrew Tonks, the world's most unassuming spy, was forced out of retirement to complete one last very dangerous mission, a mission so dangerous that payment for it would clear his debt to Emma in its entirety and some.


    Useful links

    Join Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram
    To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.
    The Breath Effect - thebreatheffect.com
    Dr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.com

    If you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.

    email: conningthecon@yahoo.com


    Facebook: conningtheconpodcast


    Instagram: conningthecon


    Twitter: conningthecon1




    If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction. 


    UK: Action Fraud


    NZ: NZ Government - Scams


    NZ: Netsafe


    Australia: Scamwatch


    US: USA Government - Scams



    Our thanks to the talented:
    Aroha Min for the theme tune 
    Jon Stubbs - Voiceover artist
    Annabel Miller - Voiceover artist
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/conningthecon.

    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Eleanor Ethereal ,

Sarah is great!

Love both of her pods!

Poor_life_choices ,

Incredible unpacking of how manipulation works

I used to say that predator’s know prey, but really, predators simply know how to manipulate. This is the story of how an intelligent woman was lied to, progressively but a serial liar. Must listen

marmieJS ,

Con the con

Enjoyed podcast!

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