I’ve always said that radio was the most fun you can have with your clothes on. I began a 40-year journalism career in radio and in retirement, I’m coming back to it as a podcaster.

  This is my second podcast – the first was halted by Covid. I chose this one because I’ve always been a fan of caper and heist films and I liked the idea of going behind the scenes to learn how they are pulled off in real life.

     Take Three-Card-Monte. It appears that the game is being run by one person, but there are shills planted in the crowd to steer the sucker up to the table. Go back to Season One and listen to how it’s done.

       In our episodes, you’ll also note that I call people “suckers.” They really are victims, but I try to keep the language true to how con artists describe their craft.

In Season Five, we have an episode about how con artists justify their crimes. It’s an interesting look into how con artists think.

       It’s important to understand that scammers aren’t thieves. They don’t break into your house and steal your TV. They create a world around a mark that makes it seem perfectly reasonable to hand your cash or personal information over to a scammer. How else could a con artist get someone to pay $5 to a stranger just so they can return your gas hose to the pump? The scammer will use the opportunity to fill up their crew’s cars on the suckers bill? How can people not see a scam coming?

And don’t forget what I think is the most heinous of all crimes – romance scams. At a weak point in their lives, some people come to believe that a stranger they have never met is deeply in love with them, then send them tens of thousands of dollars to help them out of a jam.

          Scams and Cons are crimes of social engineering. Listen in as we tell you how scams are run and why people fall for them.

Recent Episodes

July 18, 2024x

Woman told she is on "secret probation" and loses hundreds of thousands of dollars

Woman told she is on "secret probation" loses hundreds of thousands of dollars, 60 Minutes Australia asks if Belle Gibson is a liar and Canadian police bust an international scam ring. Learn more abou...

July 11, 2024x

REPLAY: Hoaxes vs Scams

What's the difference between a hoax and a scam? Are they the same thing? In this episode, we take a crack at the answer -- unless this whole program is a hoax. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

July 04, 2024x

Woman falling down escalator marks return of pigeon scam

A woman falling down escalator marks return of pigeon scam, members of British Parliament get caught in a honey trap and a Pennsylvania man loses $165,000 to romance scammer. Hear these stories and mu...


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I finally decided to give this podcast a try after ignoring it for others in the same category. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the episode on Maureen. It was, to my surprise, quite good. However, the other episodes aren’t bad, but they’re not meant for the podcast realm. YouTube, yes, but not here man. We want sto...

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Great show!

I was introduced to Jim and his show at Podfest 2024. So glad I did! This show is clever, creative and thoughtful. It’s very well produced. I’m looking forward to season 6!

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The Klingon commercial had me DYING

Great show that hasn’t been poisoned by wokeness