Episodes

February 22, 2024x
4
00:26:42

Vanished: How to go missing and avoid those searching for you.

The longest con of all may be vanishing -- leaving the place you know, going somewhere unfamiliar and never having contact with anyone or anything from your past life. In this episode, we tell you how...

February 08, 2024x
2
00:17:11

The longest con of all -- vanishing. Why would anyone want to do it?

A good scam creates a reality where the mark thinks it makes perfect sense to go along with the con. A great con is when everyone else is fooled and you are the only one to know the truth. The next fe...

February 08, 202400:05:07

Season 6 -- A user's guide

Regular listeners are accustomed to hearing about different variations of a con in each regular episode. In season six, we're doing something different. We'll be focusing on one con -- vanishing.Vanis...

February 01, 2024x
1
00:09:08

Scams & Cons News: A dating app leads to a carjacking and are you being smished?

Are you being smed? It's a scam that involves both texts and social engineering. A dating app leads to a carjacking in Florida and a Swiss bus museum. A cashier stole more than $1 million between 2008...

January 25, 202400:22:24

BONUS: Lee Goldberg tells how he writes scams into his books and TV shows

Any con, any story of a con, begins in the head of the author. Lee Goldberg isn't a con artist -- unless you count how he leads readers toward wrong conclusions -- but he does write successful books a...

January 18, 202400:20:42

REPLAY: Luxury scams

What time is it? 4:23? Thanks.You could have gotten the answer from your phone, a sign in front of a bank or dozens of other sources. So, why spend $150,000 for a Rolex to give you the same informatio...

January 11, 202400:20:30

REPLAY: Three Card Monte - Remastered

It’s a simple game. It’s just a guy flipping three cards on top of a worn cardboard box. If you’re the sucker, the game is easy. It’s meant to be that way. A lot of effort by a lot of people has gone ...

January 04, 202400:19:48

REPLAY: The Russian Bride Scam

If you are a six and a 10 shows interest in you, at the very least you’d feel flattered. You might even spend a little time with them just to feed your ego. And if that contact happens online, it seem...