Scamfluencers

Scamfluencers

Scamfluencers

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.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.
  1. April 04, 2022
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    Introducing: Scamfluencers
    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 insidio…
  2. April 11, 2022
    43 min
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    Ballet's Lethal Start-Up | Black Swan, Inc. | 1
    What happens when a former ballerina and a shady businessman try to revolutionize the world of dance? Welcome to the Fyre Fest of the ballet world. In this two-episode series, power couple Doug and Ashley Benef…
  3. April 11, 2022
    35 min
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    Ballet's Lethal Start-Up | Pointe and Shoot | 2
    Dancers go unpaid as American National Ballet struggles to stay afloat. Behind the scenes, Ashley and Doug Benefield's marriage takes a turn for the worse. What starts as a dream will end in murder.See Privacy…
  4. April 18, 2022
    41 min
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    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | The Talented Mr. Avery | 1
    Zach Horwitz owns a sandwich and smoothie shop in Chicago, but dreams of moving to Hollywood to make it as an actor. Luckily, Zach knows a thing or two about creating high-stakes fantasy worlds, just like in th…
  5. April 25, 2022
    40 min
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    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | Once Upon a Crime in Hollywood | 2
    Zach Horwitz is finally living out his movie star dream. He even has a new stage name. The call sheet has him listed as Zach Avery. But behind the scenes, he's starting to break character as a businessman. His…
  6. May 02, 2022
    41 min
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    The Hollywood Ponzi Scheme | To Live and Lie in LA | 3
    Zach's fake business deals and lies are starting to catch up with him. The money has stopped flowing, and entertainment bigwigs are hounding him for answers. But like everyone else in Hollywood, Zach thinks he'…
  7. May 09, 2022
    44 min
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    Dr. Teen Love, MD | Master of Deception | 1
    Malachi Love-Robinson, a sickly teenager from South Florida, has dreams of becoming a doctor someday. The only problem? He doesn’t want to wait. With just a white lab coat and a stethoscope, Malachi transforms…
  8. May 16, 2022
    44 min
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    Brazil's Supermom | Mommy Dearest | 1
    Beloved gospel singer and congresswoman, Flordelis dos Santos de Souza was revered in Brazil as the “Mother of the Nation” for adopting 55 children. But when her husband is killed during an armed robbery -- eve…
  9. May 23, 2022
    40 min
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    Brazil's Supermom | Bad At Dying | 2
    Suspicion builds around Flordelis and her mega-sized family as the investigation unfolds and the horrifying truth comes to light. When a suspect is arrested and Flordelis’ children begin to turn on her, it beco…
  10. June 16, 2022
    4 min
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    Wondery Presents Persona: The French Deception
    Introducing the true crime podcast Persona: The French Deception— the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time.What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50…
  11. June 20, 2022
    45 min
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    Fake Saudi Prince | Catch Me If You Scam | 1
    Prince Khalid bin al-Saud is an international playboy from an ultra-wealthy Saudi family. He's posted hundreds of photos on Instagram showing off his lavish lifestyle, complete with private jets, designer bags,…
  12. June 27, 2022
    38 min
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    Fake Saudi Prince | We’ll Never Be Royals | 2
    Anthony Gignac, masquerading as a Saudi prince, is finally living the life of luxury he’s always dreamed of. But of course, it’s not enough. He’s planning his biggest scam yet. He’s going to buy one of Miami’s…
  13. June 27, 2022
    5 min
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    Wondery Presents: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley
    On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of en…

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