9 episodes

The podcast where we explore some of the most successful scammers and hustlers in history, talk about why they worked, how they’re still working, and what you can do to make sure you don’t fall for them. Brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific.
Hosted by: Courtney Green, Ezra Coopersmith and Katie Reeves

Swindled & Psyched Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific

    • True Crime
    • 3.5 • 8 Ratings

The podcast where we explore some of the most successful scammers and hustlers in history, talk about why they worked, how they’re still working, and what you can do to make sure you don’t fall for them. Brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific.
Hosted by: Courtney Green, Ezra Coopersmith and Katie Reeves

    The Ultimate Imposter

    The Ultimate Imposter

    Frank Abagnale was a runaway turned global conman. Listen here to learn about how Frank, between the ages of 16 and 22 was able to convince people he was not only an airline pilot but a doctor and a lawyer as well. His story is widely told through the Steven Speilberg movie, "Catch Me If You Can," the Broadway musical also titled "Catch Me If You Can" and the TV show "White Collar." 

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West and Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information. 

    The opinions expressed on this podcast are our own and do not represent the opinions of Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific.

    Resources

    The Swindle: Talks at Google

    The Psych: Social Status and Person Perception

    BBB Resources: BBB.org, Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific, Scam Tracker

    • 56 min
    The Hitler Diaries

    The Hitler Diaries

    Two German men with a fascination for WW2 history and memorabilia found themselves on the chopping block in the 1980s. Listen now to hear how Gerd Heidemann and Konrad Kujau forged 62 volumes of Hitler’s personal diaries and almost made millions off of them. 

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information. 

    The opinions expressed on this podcast are our own and do not represent the opinions of Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific.

    For more information, follow us on Instagram! @SwindledandPsyched

    Resources

    The Swindle: Heidmann arrested over Hitler fakes- The Guardian, 30 Years Later, Forged Hitler Diaries Enter German Archives- NYT, History's Most Famous Literary Hoaxes 

    The Psych: Greed: The Ultimate Addiction

    BBB Resources: BBB.org, Trust-BBB.org, Scam Tracker

    • 37 min
    The Laughing Gas Cure

    The Laughing Gas Cure

    A farmer's son turned con man and self-proclaimed doctor. Charles Lewis Blood used laughing gas and lies as a ticket to his swindles' success. Listen in to hear how Dr. C. L. Blood conned countless patients and practitioners into believing he could cure their ailments.

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West and Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information.

    Want visuals for this episode? Head to @swindledandpsyched on Instagram!

    Research for this episode

    The swindle: Lewiston Evening Journal, Newspapers.com, David Rumsey Map Collection

    The psych: The power of the placebo effect, A Multi-Level Defense Against Social Engineering

    BBB resources: BBB.org, BBB Great West + Pacific, Scam Tracker 

    • 41 min
    Edison and the Theranos Scandal

    Edison and the Theranos Scandal

    Traumatized child to millionaire medical tech mogul. Elizabeth Holmes had big dreams and an unmatched passion for a medical revolution. Listen to hear how the inventor allegedly conned her investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars without ever showing them proof of concept.

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West and Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information.

    The opinions expressed on this podcast are our own and do not represent the opinions of Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific.

    For more information on this episode, visit us on Instagram! @SwindledandPsyched

    Resources: 

    Story: HBO Documentary: The Inventor, The Rise and Fall of Theranos,  Theranos founder seen in court after 15 months 

    Research: Associative processes in intuitive judgment, Kahneman Fast and Slow thinking

    BBB Resources: BBB.org, Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific, BBB Scam Tracker

    • 40 min
    The Give and Take Eleven

    The Give and Take Eleven

    Eleven women were the masterminds behind a UK pyramid scheme that conned over 10,000 women out of a total of 21M £. Stay tuned to hear how some participants ended up walking away with 23,000 £.

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great West and Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information.

    The opinions expressed on this podcast are our own and do not represent the opinions of Better Business Bureau Great West and Pacific. 

    Follow us on Instagram for more information on our episodes. @SwindledandPsyched

    Resources: 

    Story: Get Rich Quick Scam - The Guardian

    Psychology: Almost certain loss: the psychology of pyramid schemes, Pyramid Schemes and the American Dream

    BBB Resources: BBB.org, BBB.org/scamtracker, Better Business Bureau Great West + Pacific

    • 39 min
    American Greed

    American Greed

    From Minister to scam mastermind Reed Slatkin quickly made a name for himself with Santa Barbara investors. Stay tuned to learn how one of the earliest Earthlink investors ended up conning hundreds of people out of millions of dollars.

    This podcast is brought to you by Better Business Bureau Great Westand Pacific. The BBB has helped consumers find trustworthy businesses for over 100 years. With resources like Scam Tracker and online business records, finding trust in the marketplace is easier than ever. Visit BBB.org for more information. 

    The opinions expressed on this podcast are our own and do not represent the opinions of Better Business Bureau Great Westand Pacific. 

    For more information, follow us @SwindledandPsyched on Instagram.

    Episode Resources

    Story: CNBC Story, SEC Release, Reed Slatkin Media Resource

    Psychology: The Psychology of Fraudsters (lssu.edu), JFIA-2012-1_1.pdf (nacva.com)

    BBB Resources: BBB.org, BBB Scam Tracker, BBB Great West + Pacific 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

CPGreen ,

Well, this is cool!

Scams are inherently interesting, there’s no doubt about it. But answering the question of why we fall for them is really cool. This is one of the better branded podcasts I’ve listened to. Can’t wait to hear more!

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