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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 • 2K 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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    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
    Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | Part Two

    Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | Part Two

    Anthony Gignac, masquerading as a Saudi prince, is finally living the life of luxury he’s always dreamed of. But of course, it’s not enough. He’s planning his biggest scam yet. He’s going to buy one of Miami’s most iconic hotels. That is, until a billionaire real estate magnate starts digging around… and discovers a trail of lies.

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    • 38 min
    Coachella Con Artist | Festival Of Lies

    Coachella Con Artist | Festival Of Lies

    Chinese real estate executive Serena Shi appears to be living the American dream. She’s wealthy, glamorous, and runs a business showing other Chinese investors how they, too, can cash in on California real estate. When she announces her latest project — a luxury resort she plans to build in Coachella Valley — she quickly nets millions of dollars. There’s just one problem: Her dazzling desert property is nothing more than a mirage.

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    • 39 min
    The Yoga Hustler | The Notorious G.U.R.U | Part One

    The Yoga Hustler | The Notorious G.U.R.U | Part One

    Ever since childhood, Katie Griggs has been searching for her purpose in life. When she discovers kundalini yoga, she becomes convinced she’s finally found it. She follows her vision and decides to start her own yoga studio in Los Angeles. RA MA Institute attracts celebrities, garners glowing press, and expands into a global yoga empire. But behind the scenes, the woman who now calls herself Guru Jagat isn’t nearly as enlightened — or as trustworthy — as she seems.

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    • 42 min
    The Yoga Hustler | Gurus Gone Wild | Part Two

    The Yoga Hustler | Gurus Gone Wild | Part Two

    As Guru Jagat starts spewing dangerous conspiracy theories, her followers become determined to expose her for what she really is: A fraud. Their revelations, coupled with explosive new allegations from other members of the kundalini yoga community, force everyone to choose a side: Guru Jagat or… reality.




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    • 39 min
    The Billionaire Gucci Master | Part One

    The Billionaire Gucci Master | Part One

    On Instagram, Hushpuppi flaunts an extravagant international lifestyle. He wears head-to-toe Fendi and poses next to Bentleys and private jets. His millions of followers know him as the former “Yahoo boy” — a Nigerian email scammer — who transcended poverty and now calls himself the Billionaire Gucci Master. But his haters, including more than a few rappers, all want to know: Where is his money coming from? 

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

leeleefo ,

Worth a listen!

I really like this podcast! I needed a change from murder podcasts, and this is very interesting and I personally like the hosts’ banter! Definitely worth a listen!

Wicked child 2223 ,

Interesting listen

I really like this podcast. Unpopular opinion but I personally like the “fake” banter of season one. Not enough of that humor in season two. The stories on season one were absolutely top notch, really outstanding. I wasn’t as engaged with the content on season two. The housewives episode merited two episodes- seemed really rushed and there were a lot of details in the housewives story that was kinda glossed over. I personally found the Coachella episode super boring and drawn out. The yoga guru episode was also not my favorite. As a person of color, I think it’s extremely important to support podcasters of color who highlight inequity in the stories they cover but I would like to hear a more unifying tone in this one. We don’t need language that makes people feel more divided than we already are and some of the commentary around race, more specifically in the yoga episode, felt unnecessarily aggressive. Overall I highly recommend this podcast.

JustAWhiteLady ,

Good Stories, But I’m Done

I really enjoyed several episodes, until I began to become increasingly aware that these women do not like people that look like me. When there is so much division and hate in the world, I’m going to spend my time with people who build bridges instead of burning them.

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