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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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Ballet's Lethal Start-Up | Black Swan, Inc. | Part One | 1
Ballet's Lethal Start-Up | Pointe and Shoot | Part Two | 2
The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | The Talented Mr. Avery | Part One | 3
The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | To Live and Lie in LA | Part Three | 5
Dr. Teen Love, MD | Master of Deception | 6
Brazil's Supermom | Mommy Dearest | Part One | 7
Brazil's Supermom | Bad At Dying | Part Two | 8
Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | Part One | 1
Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | Part Two | 2
Coachella Con Artist | Festival Of Lies | 3
The Yoga Hustler | The Notorious G.U.R.U | Part One | 4
The Yoga Hustler | Gurus Gone Wild | Part Two | 5
The Billionaire Gucci Master | Part One | 6
The Billionaire Gucci Master: Part II | 7
Desperate Housewife | 8
it's really irritating how inaccurate this episode is in it's portrayal of Shkreli. Y'all should be calling out his mythical, BS background, not furthering his narrative. He did not graduate HS, he did not graduate college at 20 (he graduated in 2005 according to Vanity Fair, making him 22), and Cramer has stated that he doesn't even remember Shkreli working for him & "he was no protégé." Shkreli is not a genious, he's just a liar & a fraud.
what kid from a "working class family" gets 2k to play in the stock market with?!? lmao!
When he called himself Rockefeller he looked horrible.
if you know someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, do not let them seek help from Teal Swan
If Carlos’s father was Brazilian, he name isn’t pronounced that way.
Someone should have taught the presenters how to pronounce Chichester.
Love this podcast! I'm not usually into banter-type podcasts, but i got used to Sarah and Scaachi and their hilarious reactions. Ladies, don't listen to the haters and keep producing new episodes, i enjoy all of them! Also, when are you going to make an episode about Rachel Dolezal? Her train-wreck of a story is so fascinating! More scamfluencers that i can't wait to hear your take on in the future: Elisabeth Holmes, Sam Bankman-Fried, and most currently, Charlie Javice. And Larry Ray. good luck!
Christy is one of those women that is on men's side and is always pandering to them especially when they're in the wrong. She's not a victim here, whatever happened to her happened to her out of her own stupidity. You can't trust a journalist with such bad judgment.
At this speech that he gave was it for a bunch of lower level demons in hell because those are the only people that would be charmed by this piece of crap.
The least intimidating nerdy super villain wannabe in the world trying to intimidate ghostface killa? omg HILARIOUS. Who gets their mommy to fight their battles I can see why he got his butt kicked as a kid.
I despise this dude so much. I don't understand how anyone could fall in love with him considering he's as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. I've honestly never been happy at someone's downfall the way I am with his... and I hope life gets worse for him.
I think you guys are great! I always enjoy your podcast. You're great! there's always going to be haters out there.
And they would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for their narcissistic need to be on TV.
oh wow another podcast that constantly says "man does this and man does that" the man hate is crazy on this podcast and it's to such a level that it's pretty much impossible to listen to.
Liver King scammed millions and made millions with his worthless supplements.
As a Christian, I have a hard time with other Christians who tend to believe that because Jesus Christ forgives them automatically, the rest of the world will forget you are a criminal. That's not how it works. Your victims might forgive you, but they aren't going to forget your crimes until you make actually prove you are sorry, hold yourself truly accountable, and make retribution for what you've done. There's a difference between forgiving and forgetting. Hiding your crimes behind Christianity is deplorable.
😂 Rolling up the waist of your prison pants make them fashionable? Doing that is common sense to make theem fit better. 😂 Danielle had to learn how to do that? 😂 That's why these kind of women (Danielle and Anna Delvey) wear labels: they have no true style of their own. 🤷♀️
A totally gripping story that goes right the way through to ... absolutely nowhere. No great reveal, no court cases, no consequences whatsoever. And it took them two episodes to get there? Big fat nothing.
Enjoyed maybe 3 of the stories so far, but lately I can’t even follow what they’re saying without rewinding, only to find that the information is just convoluted and not interesting. The hosts seem to have an overinflated sense of their own influence and fame - why do they constantly refer to their own following and experiences as if in comparison to their grifters? Weird and turned me off.