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70 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
The Sham Spokesperson with Priscilla Davies
What's poppin' con-gregation? This week, Priscilla Davies joins us to discuss the phony spokesperson for a company known as the "Uber of helicopters." Plus, a gun safety organization pulls off a powerful protest, scamming former NRA president David Keene. Stay schemin'! Research by Kaeyln Brandt. Sources: https://www.businessinsider.com/blade-helicopter-had-fake-spokesperson-2021-6# https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/24/former-nra-president-tricked-into-grad-speech-gun-violence-video/5334564001/ https://brs-apartments.flyblade.com/blade/production/uploaded-assets/1605626363.pdf https://www.blade.com/
66 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The HiStudio Hype House with Chris Gethard
What's poppin' con-gregation? This week, Chris Gethard joins us to discuss how a CEO created a Hype House style podcasting network that led to lawsuits and fallout. Plus, someone steals more than 42,000 pounds of pistachios in California. Stay schemin'! Research by Kaeyln Brandt. Note: The Hype House story was first reported by journalist Ashley Carman in her investigative piece published in the Verge entitled, "The Podcasting Hype House from Hell: How China's Biggest Audio Platform Funded One Man's Frat Boy Dreams." Much of this week's story is based around Ashley's original reporting. Sources: https://www.theverge.com/22526502/himalaya-histudios-notorious-llc-podcast-audio-hype-house https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/06/21/pistachio-theft-alberto-montemayor-touchstone/ https://www.instagram.com/notorious.llc/ https://notorious.llc/creators/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/colettecoleman/2020/10/19/with-the-dumpster-fyre-podcast-fyre-festivals-founder-is-back-with-an-audio-tell-all-from-prison/?sh=24d1c81b7cd3
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Con-Fessions: The Fraudulent Fans of the Con-gregation
What's poppin, exclusive premium con-gregation? For the last episode of the season, it feels like y'all are scamming us. From a chatty Amazon worker with a prelude to a scam and a movie like saga of a predatory step dad taking advantage of a vulnerable family, these letters are unreal. Stay schemin!
70 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Invisible Sculptor Scam with JB Smoove
What's poppin' con-gregation? This week, JB Smoove joins us to discuss an Italian artist who sold an invisible statue for thousands of dollars. Plus, a Florida man is charged with impersonating a doctor while injecting botox into patients while drinking. Stay schemin'! Research by Kaeyln Brandt. Sources: https://scrubsmag.com/fake-doctor-real-botox-and-lots-of-booze-jacksonville-man-arrested-in-fl/ https://www.republicworld.com/entertainment-news/whats-viral/artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-over-rs-13-lakh-says-the-vacuum-is-nothing.html https://www.art-rite.it/en/news/detail/14491 https://www.forbes.com/sites/augustinefou/2021/06/04/artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-adtech-sells-the-same-thing/?sh=1676ed0b67a0 https://hypebeast.com/2021/6/salvatore-garau-lo-sono-invisible-sculpture-18k-usd-sale
62 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
The Windling Water Park with Jenny Yang
What's Poppin' con-gregation? This week, Jenny Yang joins us to discuss the story, Action Park, an amusement and water park that was extremely dangerous and the home to a series of money laundering schemes, shady money and scams. Plus, a man is accused of stealing expensive caviar meant for research for lunch among co-workers. Stay Schemin'!
29 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Con-Fessions: Drink Dupes (Plus Motorcycles)
What's poppin' exclusive premium con-gregation? On this episode of Con-Fessions Priscilla and Laci cover stealing from your coffee shop job, comp-ing drinks, plus one about a motorcycle. Stay schemin!
53 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
The Real Hustlers behind Hustlers with Monique Heart
What's Poppin' con-gregation. This week, Monique Heart helps us break down the real life story that inspired the hit 2019 film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Plus, a Florida man faces 104 felony counts after allegedly using 28 people's personal information to purchase expensive items in area stores.
45 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Flamin' Hot Good Will Hunting with Dawn Richard
What's poppin, con-gregation? Singer and Songwriter Dawn Richard, joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding who really invented the Flamin' Hot Cheeto. Plus, a former FBI agent cons $800,000 out of a Texas woman. Stay schemin'! Research by Kaeyln Brandt. SOURCES: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-05-16/flamin-hot-cheetos-richard-montanez https://www.newsweek.com/flamin-hot-cheeto-movie-true-story-creator-richard-montanez-1456377 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/20/origin-flamin-hot-cheetos-might-be-hot-lie-millions-will-still-gobble-it-up-anyway/ https://jezebel.com/turns-out-lying-about-inventing-flamin-hot-cheetos-is-a-1846922951 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/us/fbi-drug-scheme-charge.html?searchResultPosition=1
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Con-Fessions: Sussing Out Social Media Shams
What's poppin, exclusive premium con-gregation? From charging influencers overpriced handling fees to Facebook accounts for the dead, this week, we read listener letters detailing the latest social media scams. Stay schemin!
69 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
The Hot Girl Scammer with Naomi Ekperigin
What's poppin, con-gregation? Naomi Ekperigin joins us to discuss how a sexy credit card con artist stole one million dollars out of the ex- wife of a former NBA star. Plus, an Italian hospital worker gets paid for doing nothing for 15 years. Stay schemin'! Research by Kaeyln Brandt. SOURCES: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/style/serial-con-artist-tracii-hutsona.html https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/serial-con-artist-charged-embezzlement-scheme https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1368996/download https://www.docketbird.com/court-documents/USA-v-Vician/JUDGMENT-AND-COMMITMENT-by-Judge-Gary-A-Feess-as-to-Defendant-Tracii-Lynne-Show-Vician-1-Count-s-1-10s-13ss-1s-6s-1ss-6ss-7s-9s-7ss-12ss-On-the-Government-039-s-motion-all-remaining-count-of-the-underlying-indictment-information-are-ord-ered-dismisse/cacd-2:2008-cr-00058-405099-00097 https://media.local10.com/document_dev/2019/07/17/Bacon%20Bitch%20vs%20Breakfast%20Bitch_1563388524609_22109233_ver1.0.pdf https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/23/world/europe/italy-hospital-worker-15-years.html https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/crime/san-diego-restaurant-owner-arrested-accused-of-stealing-more-than-1m-joumana-kidd-breakfast-bitch-jason-kidd/509-1c9e5ae8-c727-436b-9e73-f65b364b78c6
51 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
The Bamboozling Beau with Tracie Morrissey
What's poppin, con-gregation? Tracie Morrissey joins us to discuss a man caught defrauding 35 of his "girlfriends" in Japan. Also, a former senior advisor in the federal government is accused of stealing from New York City public schools. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. SOURCES https://www.mbs.jp/news/ https://www.vice.com/en/article/dyv8xk/japanese-man-arrested-35-girlfriends-fake-birthday https://japantoday.com/category/crime/man-arrested-for-defrauding-his-35-girlfriends https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/27/us/seth-andrew-fraud-money-laundering-charter-school.html
38 minutes | May 27, 2021
Con-Fessions: The Cool College Squatter
What's poppin, exclusive premium con-gregation? This week, we read a listener letter about a college roommate who fools everyone into free room and board. Plus, a door-to-door utilities scam forces a listener to examine their racial biases. Stay Schemin!
46 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Fake Aretha Franklin with Yvonne Orji
What's poppin, con-gregation? Yvonne Orji joins us to discuss the Aretha Franklin impostor who found herself performing as the Quasi Queen of Soul. Plus, a woman is finally arrested after twenty-two attempts to sneak on flights. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. SOURCES https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/counterfeit-queen-soul-180969340/ https://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2020/04/the-bizarre-story-of-the-imitation-queen-of-soul/ https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Woman-with-history-of-airliner-stowaways-arrested-16033015.php
52 minutes | May 18, 2021
The Poisonous Beauty Product Peddler with Alaska Thunderfuck
What's poppin, con-gregation? Alaska Thunderfuck joins us to discuss a Victorian era beauty influencer who peddled deadly beauty products. Plus, a bride and groom plan a wedding at a venue they don't own or rent because the Lord said so. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://apnews.com/article/bride-groom-crashers-illegal-wedding-130c7270d0d206f61e08f1b197779815 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/who-was-madame-rachel-scam https://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/170084/Victorian-con-artist-Madame-Rachel-Fortune-from-fake-beauty-products
30 minutes | May 13, 2021
What's poppin, exclusive premium con-gregation? This week, we read a lengthy listener letter warning people of a phony Patagonia site offering "too good to be true" discounts on the outdoor clothing brand. Stay schemin!
72 minutes | May 11, 2021
The Real Housewives of Scams, Shams and Fraud with Anna Hossnieh
What's poppin, con-gregation? Anna Hossnieh joins us to talk about the arrest of Jen Shah, a The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City cast member accused of money laundering. Plus, a thieving travel agent who promises Hawaiian dream getaways that turn into vacation nightmares. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. Resources: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/04/after-jen-shahs-arrest-how-can-we-keep-enjoying-real-housewives https://nypost.com/2021/03/31/jen-shahs-infamous-shah-ski-chalet-may-be-a-fraud-too/ https://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/woman-scams-travelers-out-of-hundreds-of-thousands.html http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201202/utahs-sharrieff-shah-goes-reporter-coach https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a34620733/jen-shah-husband-sharrieff/
67 minutes | May 4, 2021
The L. Ron Ex-Con with Cody Ziglar
What's poppin, con-gregation? Cody Ziglar joins us to talk about an ex-convict claiming to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Plus, a teen allegedly steals nearly $1 million from a Kroger grocery store. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. Resources SOURCES https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=962&v=9z8AVci97SI&feature=youtu.be https://www.vice.com/en/article/3kgkwv/this-guy-claims-to-be-the-reincarnation-of-l-ron-hubbard https://www.businessinsider.com/craziest-scientology-facts-leah-remini-2017-1#there-are-at-least-two-mansions-in-california-that-are-maintained-staffed-and-stocked-with-food-in-the-event-of-hubbards-return-wright-says-18 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/atlanta-area-teen-stole-nearly-1m-kroger-grocery-store-over-n1255199 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR03drjMuIU
13 minutes | May 3, 2021
Feed Drop: May I Elaborate: Daily Wisdom from JB Smoove
It's a feed drop Con-gregation! Check out a new Team Coco podcast called May I Elaborate: Daily Wisdom from JB Smoove. Every morning, JB breaks down an inspirational quote, like only he can, to help you achieve your highest potential. Plus, he’s not even asking for money! So, enjoy the show and Stay Schemin!
33 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Con-Fessions: A Cluster of Cons
What's poppin, exclusive premium con-gregation? This week, we read an assortment of your fraudulent ways in the listener letters. Also, Scam Goddess has been nominated for Best in Crime and Justice in the 25th Annual Webby Awards. Vote here to support the podcast. Stay schemin!
73 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The NFT Banksy Con Artist with Aida Osman
What's poppin, con-gregation? Aida Osman joins the show to discuss how an elusive artist used a Banksy inspired NFT to earn millions. Plus, an Australian line - dancing scheme gone wrong. Also, Scam Goddess has been nominated for Best in Crime and Justice in the 25th Annual Webby Awards. Vote here to support the podcast. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. Resources: Webby Awards : https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/crime-justice https://entrepreneurshandbook.co/how-an-nft-artist-used-banksys-popularity-to-make-1-million-in-sales-e7ef4b2209d https://nftartreview.medium.com/the-pseudo-banksy-nft-and-intriguing-aspects-of-appropriation-art-b29a4258f611 https://ycharts.com/indicators/ethereum_price#:~:text=Basic%20Info,from%20156.82%20one%20year%20ago https://pestcontroloffice.com/faq.asp https://twitter.com/Brinkster0x/status/1362683886174498819?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1362683886174498819%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.embedly.com%2Fwidgets%2Fmedia.html%3Ftype%3Dtext2Fhtmlkey%3Da19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07schema%3Dtwitterurl%3Dhttps3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fbrinkster0x%2Fstatus%2F1362683886174498819image%3Dhttps3A%2F%2Fi.embed.ly%2F1%2Fimage3Furl3Dhttps253A252F252Fabs.twimg.com252Ferrors252Flogo46x38.png26key3Da19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/02/line-dancing-scam-queensland-police-pursue-father-and-son-over-alleged-120000
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