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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Radio Host Gives Scam Advice While Stealing Millions, Part 1
On his Saturday-morning radio show, Daryl Bank advises listeners on retirement investments and avoiding scams. He and his firm, Dominion Investment Group, target retirees like Charlotte Annas and her husband, Pat, who decide to invest their hard-earned retirement savings, and Richard Fairchild, who is working and wants to save more for his daughter’s college tuition. But when federal and state investigators start looking into the company, it’s clear that that trust has been broken.
I Borrowed Money for the Russian Mob, Part 3
When Therin Miller walks into the FBI office to throw himself on the mercy of the government, he’s not sure if he will leave a free man. To clear his name, he becomes an FBI informant, recording conversations with his roommate and business partner, Brant Holloway, and his associate Lyle Livesay. Therin’s work results in indictments on multiple counts of bank fraud related to the luxury car scheme, plus the arrest of a Russian mobster in Ukraine. But even with the criminals behind bars, will Therin’s life ever go back to normal?
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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.
Has a good backlog
This is a very intriguing & informative podcast up until about 2021. I was attached to host Michelle & miss her but there's also editing issues. The episodes feel a little choppy & clumsy. And they put a commercial right in the middle of the show! A commercial for AARP. Who sponsors the show. And produces the show. Yes, we are fully aware. We don't need an extra commercial to drive it into our brains. Sadly, it's enough to UNSUBSCRIBE. Still 4 stars though because there are a few years of awesome content in the back catalogue.
Wait, what happened to Frank? Some reviews say he lied about working with FBI. That doesn't seem right. Does AARP have a dungeon somewhere with past The Perfect Scam hosts & Frank Abagnale hanging from iron shackles?