96 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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    • 3.9, 219 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?

    92. The Man Who Got Scammed By His Best Friend

    92. The Man Who Got Scammed By His Best Friend

    Today, we talk to Johnathan Walton, of Reader’s Digest fame, about being scammed out of $75,000 by his neighbor, Mair Smyth. What we love about him is that Johnathan didn’t ashamedly slink into the shadows as a victim of this con artist. NO! Jonathan sought JUSTICE and we love anyone who fights for justice. It’s so rare these days! This is a deep dive into a juicy tale that you don’t want to miss. Plus, should you background check every person you meet? 

    Resources:
    https://johnathanwalton.com/
    https://www.peoplefinder.com/
    https://www.beenverified.com/


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    91. Scammy iPhone Games

    91. Scammy iPhone Games

    Today, we’re joined by two dudes who are, fortunately, NOT mansplainers, Nick Bernardone and Bryson Pintard. Nick and Bryson tell us all about a scammy freemium Game of Thrones iPhone game that took Nick for $2000 and turned Bryson into an avatar named Sexy Lexi. Addicting games will change the very fiber of your being! Don’t get scammed. 

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    DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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    • 51 min
    90. Sue & Caitlin Get Conned

    90. Sue & Caitlin Get Conned

    Today, we’re talking about the corruption in capitalism that led to the 2008 financial crash, among other things. Our guest today is Patrick Lovell who made a five-part series about corrupt capitalism called, “The Con.” And, well, he sure conned us. Have a listen and find out what we mean. 

    Resources:
    thecon.tv

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    • 55 min
    89. Mailbag: Canine Antivaxxers Are A Thing

    89. Mailbag: Canine Antivaxxers Are A Thing

    Thank you for all of your messages! Our listeners are the best. Today, we’re talking about SO MANY SCAMS! Including ones from Reader’s Digest, Postmates, doulas, MLMs, and way more. Just goes to show you that there are scammers EVERYWHERE and ya’ll better watch out. Plus, accidentally got the wrong monogram? Sue’s mom will take it. She doesn’t care. Also, practice your spells for 2021, people!

    Resources:

    Reader’s Digest scam: https://www.rd.com/article/scammed-by-my-best-friend/ and the author’s site https://johnathanwalton.com/


    Ted Talk from Morgan: https://www.ted.com/talks/james_veitch_this_is_what_happens_when_you_reply_to_spam_email/up-next?language=en


    Applebees and Chuck E. Cheese on GrubHub: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/22/us/grubhub-chuck-e-cheese-pasquallys-applebees-restaurants-trnd/index.html 

    Shaun King is a scammer maybe: https://www.thedailybeast.com/shaun-king-keeps-raising-money-and-questions-about-where-it-goes-3  

    ProDoula drama: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/doula-drama and https://www.metafilter.com/164393/Doula-Drama


    TransLifeLine’s former leaders are scammers: https://www.translifeline.org/financial/2017-990.pdf


    The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/


    FTC Warning to MLMs: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2020/04/ftc-sends-warning-letters-multi-level-marketers-regarding-health



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    DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    88. Spooky Freemason Sh*t

    88. Spooky Freemason Sh*t

    First, a little update on Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Also, Sue and Caitlin both wanted injuries and dabbled in Wicca as children. Who knew?! Then, Conor Brodnick joins us to discuss the Hermetic Order of the Gold Dawn, which was a branch of the Freemasons that included none other than Ann O’Delia Diss Debar! The connections are crazy. Plus, what is the Rosetta Stone, really? 

    Music by Conor Brodnick 

    Resources:
    Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin-Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic by Tobias Churton
    Theosophical Enlightenment by Joscelyn Godwin
    https://heterodoxology.com/2011/10/22/who-was-fraulein-sprengel-new-evidence-on-the-origin-of-the-golden-dawn-or-vale-soror-ave-frater/
     
    Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams!
    scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414

    DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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    • 1 hr
    86. Dave Hill’s Grandfather Killed A Guy

    86. Dave Hill’s Grandfather Killed A Guy

    Today, Caitlin and Sue sit down with author and comedian Dave Hill to discuss his new book, The Vapors. Did you know that Arkansas used to be like THE place to go for rest, relaxation, and gambling? Neither did we. Plus, Dave tells Sue and Caitlin ancient family lore about how his hustling granddad killed a guy and got away with it, and how his dad was friends with Bill Clinton, who is the Patron Saint of Hustlers. Let’s talk about that Epstein connection!

    Resources:

    Buy The Vapors today: https://bookshop.org/a/6487/9781250086112


    The Grantland story about Eric killing a guy: https://grantland.com/features/a-racetrack-killing-history-organized-crime-hot-springs-arkansas/ 

    Dave’s website: https://www.davidhillonline.com/



    Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams!
    scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
219 Ratings

219 Ratings

Sarah Bo Beara ,

Great for walking the dog or cooking too

I love the hosts’ enthusiasm! The stories are also very interesting, though they tend to wander off topic a lot. But it’s still a fun listen!

love bite ,

Interesting and fun

Interesting podcast with women discussing scams. Some episodes are very funny and all are good.

emlayemlayemlay ,

Love a juicy scam

As someone who both loves a scam and easily falls for scams I appreciate the work and research behind the pod. Excited to have found this gem of a pod !

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