140 episodes

AARP’s weekly podcast The Perfect ScamSM tells the stories of people who find themselves the target of a scam. Host Bob Sullivan introduces listeners to those who have experienced scams firsthand, as well as professional con artists and leading experts who pull back the curtain on how scammers operate.

The Perfect Scam AARP

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 653 Ratings

AARP’s weekly podcast The Perfect ScamSM tells the stories of people who find themselves the target of a scam. Host Bob Sullivan introduces listeners to those who have experienced scams firsthand, as well as professional con artists and leading experts who pull back the curtain on how scammers operate.

    Zelle Scam Threatens Baker’s Dream Business, Part 1

    Zelle Scam Threatens Baker’s Dream Business, Part 1

    After many years in the corporate world, Lura decides to turn her passion for baking into a small business. She secures a loan, perfects her recipes and then, the day after her big launch, her bank calls. They tell her she’s been hacked and helpfully walk her through the steps to recover the funds. When she calls back the bank, though, she’s stunned to learn that it wasn’t her bank who called at all, but an impersonator. Her money is gone. Will her dreams of owning her own business also disappear? 

    • 24 min
    Inside the World of a Scam-Busting YouTuber

    Inside the World of a Scam-Busting YouTuber

    With over 2 million subscribers, Scammer Payback captivates YouTube viewers with his ability to spot scams and flip the script on the scammers. In this special interview, host Bob Sullivan sits down with Scammer Payback (also known as Pierogi) and learns more about the man and the methods behind his successful channel. They’ll talk about how Pierogi got started, his most interesting confrontations, his experiences inside the call centers where these scammers work, and his tips for listeners on how to stay safe and keep their information secure.

    • 50 min
    BONUS: Scams, Magic and the Art of Deception With Alexis Conran

    BONUS: Scams, Magic and the Art of Deception With Alexis Conran

    In this bonus episode, host Bob Sullivan welcomes special guest Alexis Conran. Conran’s insight into the mind of a con man comes from acting as one on the popular BBC show The Real Hustle. On the series, Conran, an actual trained magician, and his team perpetrate scams on unsuspecting consumers and then reveal the crimes to the victims (now in the hundreds), all in the name of educating the public. Conran discusses what he’s learned about the criminal mindset and what he has identified as the elements of deception.

    • 30 min
    Scammers Target Brain Cancer Patient, Part 2

    Scammers Target Brain Cancer Patient, Part 2

    Matthew, a one-time wealthy investment star, has a rare and deadly form of brain cancer. In Part 2, on a trip to the bank, Matthew’s mother, Jan, is shocked to discover that her son’s bank accounts are nearly empty. Even worse, Matthew is convinced the police are coming to arrest him at any moment. Jan, who lives in California, and Matthew’s brother, Justin, who lives in North Carolina, have to work across the country to unravel what has happened and find a way to put a stop to the scam.

    • 24 min
    Scammers Target Brain Cancer Patient, Part 1

    Scammers Target Brain Cancer Patient, Part 1

    Matthew, a successful Chicago investment analyst, is diagnosed with a rare and fatal form of brain cancer, which he fends off at first. Four years later, though, the disease takes a turn for the worse and his life is turned upside down. Partially paralyzed, suffering from brain fog and in a great deal of pain, he goes looking for relief online. What he finds are the worst kind of internet criminals lurking on the dark web, looking for people just like him, suffering in their darkest hours.

    • 25 min
    Radio Host Gives Scam Advice While Stealing Millions, Part 2

    Radio Host Gives Scam Advice While Stealing Millions, Part 2

    When investigators from the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission begin showing up at the homes of Dominion Investment Group clients, it becomes clear that Daryl Bank is not the trustworthy adviser and radio host he presents himself to be. Bank, Roger Hudspeth and their associates have been skimming 20 percent to 70 percent off the top. At this point, there are hundreds of victims, who’ve lost around $25 million — much of it spent on Bank’s lavish lifestyle. 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
653 Ratings

653 Ratings

coollonita ,

Great!

I really like this podcast, I had to take a break from the traditional truecrime because they were getting too dark. If you like podcasts about scams or catfish or cons this is super interesting. These are definitely educational and interesting. I’d think this would be a great resource for the older crowd especially to keep them aware. I’m a bigger fan of the host who, I believe he said he was a former fox affiliate, he is very kind and sweet sounded and extremely sympathetic to the guest. It’s funny to hear Frank on here because he’s a bit gruffer and the hosts on here are so sweet. The other host I guess is a little gruffer as well but he’s nice too. I definitely give this podcast 10/10 great for the younger adults and for older adults

Abenavi86 ,

Great podcast but no new episodes for 2 months!

Very interesting podcast but has not been updated for almost two months… what’s going on??

Happy healthy fit me ,

Sharing is Caring for Others

Grateful for people sharing their stories of being scammed so the rest of us learn. Some of these stories are heartbreaking. All are well told with real people and experts who provide guidance.

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