222 episodes

PRETEND exposes the masterminds behind some of the most notorious scams and cons. From cult leaders to con artists and undercover FBI agents, this podcast pulls back the curtain on those who've pretended to be someone they're not.

Pretend - a true crime podcast about con artists PRETEND+

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 1.7K Ratings

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PRETEND exposes the masterminds behind some of the most notorious scams and cons. From cult leaders to con artists and undercover FBI agents, this podcast pulls back the curtain on those who've pretended to be someone they're not.

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    The Doula part 1

    The Doula part 1

    Warning: This episode contains graphic discussions of pregnancy loss, sexual violence, and emotional abuse. Listener discretion is advised.
    In this episode of "Pretend," listen to the chilling tale of Kaitlyn Braun, a woman who orchestrated an elaborate pregnancy hoax, affecting nearly 60 doulas across Ontario. Seanna Hayes, a doula from London, Ontario, provides a firsthand account of her experience with Kaitlyn Braun. The story begins on a stormy night when Seanna is called to assist Kaitlyn, allegedly in labor, only to discover a web of lies, manipulation, and betrayal that spans across multiple doulas and involves a series of fake medical emergencies and hospital visits.
    This episode explores the psychological and emotional impact of Kaitlyn's actions on the doulas, the potential motives behind her behavior, and the aftermath of this bizarre case.
    Stay tuned for Part Two, exclusively on Patreon and Pretend+ on Apple Podcasts, where we continue the conversation with another doula who shares a very different experience with Kaitlyn Braun.
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    • 28 min
    The Doula part 2

    The Doula part 2

    In the second installment of "The Doula" series, we uncover new dimensions of Kaitlyn Braun’s elaborate pregnancy scams. This episode features a new doula speaking out about her experiences, the story of how Kaitlyn was finally caught, and a revealing interview with a former friend whom Kaitlyn also deceived.

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    • 38 min
    The Doula BREAKING NEWS

    The Doula BREAKING NEWS

    BREAKING NEWS - Kaitlyn Braun is Arrested Again for Duping Doulas in Phony Pregnancy Scam

    25-year-old Kaitlyn Braun, who is currently under house arrest for prior offenses involving fraud and harassment against doulas, faces new charges as of Tuesday. This week's charges come after new allegations of once again exploiting the trust of unsuspecting doulas by falsely soliciting support related to pregnancy and childbirth.
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    • 7 min
    Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 1

    Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 1

    Saint Jovite Youngblood posed as a Delta Force agent to swindle the families of his son’s hockey team.
    Today's episode revolves around two victims: Eric Perardi, an Austin-based real estate developer, and Rebecca Kumar, a hockey mom, whose lives were turned upside down by Youngblood’s elaborate scams. Their experiences may sound like something out of a crime thriller, but they show the danger of falling prey to a master manipulator.

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    • 35 min
    Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 2

    Hockey Dad Poses as Delta Force Agent to Scam Parents part 2

    The strange and intricate hoax crafted by Saint Jovite "Kota" Youngblood, a hockey dad who posed as a Delta Force agent, unravels in court. An FBI agent peels back each layer of Youngblood's elaborate scheme that duped dozens of families.

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    • 44 min
    Introducing: White Devil from Campire Media

    Introducing: White Devil from Campire Media

    Sharing something special this week: A show from our friends at Campside Media, called White Devil. Late at night in May of 2021, a single gunshot shattered the silence along the beach at Belize’s luxurious Alaia resort. In White Devil, journalist Josh Dean dives into one of the biggest, splashiest, and most perplexing crime stories you’ve never heard of: The shooting death of renowned cop Henry Jemott, by a Canadian property developer, connected to the family of one very influential billionaire. In investigating, the craggy depths of Belize are brought to the surface: Its quirks, its corruption, and the all pervasive influence of several generations of one family in particular. You can binge the rest of White Devil at:
     
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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

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Love it!

I love this podcast. I love the way Javier tells stories. This is my all time favorite podcast!

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Great Podcast

Without a doubt my favorite podcast. Javier is a great interviewer, investigator and storyteller and finds some of the most unique and interesting stories in the podcast world. Highly recommended.

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Weak Podcast, Avoid!

The stories covered are interesting & important but the host is horrible. Horrible interviewing skills and sometimes his follow up comment or question is so awkward. He should do more behind the screens effort and get a smarter host.

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