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Author: The Ringer

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Have you ever been scammed? 

In The Ringer’s first true crime podcast, host Justin Sayles tracks a mysterious figure who once wronged him. A man with a lot of aliases, a lot of failed businesses, and a trail of victims. Justin follows him through a sham media company, a series of ruined weddings, and beyond, trying to find answers. 

The police can’t offer any help—but maybe we can. 

From Spotify and The Ringer, this is ‘The Wedding Scammer.’ A story in seven parts.

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7. Fool Me Twice

7. Fool Me Twice

2023-11-2801:19:362

In the final episode, we hear from the Wedding Scammer himself. A lot.  Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6. Undercover Cowboy

6. Undercover Cowboy

2023-11-2101:08:034

Justin confronts Carl Butcho, a.k.a. Lance Miller. And he records the whole thing.  Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Wedding Scammer resurfaces. Carl Butcho is still in the wedding business, and he's got a new alias. But a few discerning Texans manage to connect the dots, and find their way to Justin.  To buy Rob Harvilla's new book, '60 Songs That Explain the '90s,' click here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/rob-harvilla/60-songs-that-explain-the-90s/9781538759462/ Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4. Coal Country

4. Coal Country

2023-11-0754:341

Michael, Mark, Lawrence: What is the Wedding Scammer's real name? Turns out it's none of the above. In this episode, Justin gets the answer, takes a trip, and tells you an origin story. Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3. The Fake Name Game

3. The Fake Name Game

2023-10-3101:00:386

The Wedding Scammer hits the road, and lands in the Bay Area. However, there’s a catch: He’s no longer going by Michael Esposito. But while he’s got a new name, some things haven’t changed. And the cost of knowing him has gone up.  Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2. The Crooked Caterer

2. The Crooked Caterer

2023-10-2449:371

Michael Esposito has shut down Newsaratti and moved on to a new hustle: the wedding industry. Over the next few years, a handful of couples in Los Angeles will sue him, saying he did the unthinkable: ruined their weddings and kept the money.  Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. The Glass Castle

1. The Glass Castle

2023-10-1754:364

A drive across the country. A fresh start. An unexpected job offer. What could go wrong? In this episode, Justin tells the story of how he stumbled into the orbit of a con man.  Host: Justin Sayles   Producers: Jade Whaley, Mike Wargon, Bobby Wagner, Amanda Dobbins, Justin Sayles, and Vikram Patel  Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Sound Design: Bobby Wagner  Mixing and Mastering: Scott Somerville  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jump down the rabbit hole with host Justin Sayles as he tracks a scammer and tries to get some answers—for himself, and so many others.  This is ‘The Wedding Scammer,’ The Ringer’s first true crime podcast. A story in seven parts, starting October 17. Video Trailer: Cory McConnell Original Music: Justin Catoni of 13th Ward Social Club Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (10)

Connie Smith

This could be an interesting podcast. But it's Way too stretched out with too much content that would be more appropriate for a "The Making Of" episode. It's too unfocused for me (and I have ADD!). Personally I think it could use some editing to tighten it up. I finally gave up rather than spend time listening to the last two episodes.

Jan 8th
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Megan

Ellen and Mark are good sports for sharing their story.

Dec 29th
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RACHAEL BYCE

ugh his chest hair was mentioned every episode.... like it's a character in this story. ew.

Dec 20th
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Carlos Barron

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Dec 2nd
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Laura Tocchini

5 STAR Justin, standing ovation !

Nov 28th
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Sue Renee Woods

is it just me or does the "employee" in the final episode sound A LOT like Carl with a tissue over the mic?

Nov 28th
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Carlos Barron

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Nov 16th
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Sue Renee Woods

this is my new favorite podcast. I honestly don't understand why it's so hard to get serial scam artists put away.

Nov 7th
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Carlos Barron

"The Wedding Scammer" is an intriguing podcast that delves into the world of wedding scams and the people who fall victim to them. The show's in-depth exploration of various scams and their impact on couples planning their special day is both informative and eye-opening. The storytelling and production quality are top-notch, making it a compelling listen for anyone interested in true crime and scams. https://www.peeplocal.com/brooklyn-ny/business-professional-services/branded-popcorn-bags This podcast does an excellent job of shedding light on the various tactics scammers use to exploit the emotions and dreams of couples preparing for their weddings. It serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the importance of due diligence and vigilance when dealing with vendors and wedding planners. https://www.ilocatelocal.com/brooklyn-ny/business-services/branded-popcorn-bags

Nov 4th
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Aakash Amanat

In the podcast titled "The Wedding Scammer," the host dives deep into a fascinating and, at times, alarming exploration of a growing issue in the world of weddings. This episode expertly uncovers the complex and deceptive world of wedding scams, shedding light on the various schemes, tactics, and motivations behind individuals who prey on the dreams and hopes of couples preparing to tie the knot. https://www.find-us-here.com/businesses/Rigid-Box-Packaging-Los-Angeles-California-USA/33923511/ The podcast begins by setting the stage with real-life anecdotes of couples who have fallen victim to wedding scammers, instantly drawing the audience into the emotional rollercoaster that many have experienced. https://trueen.com/business/listing/rigid-box-packaging/367998

Oct 25th
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