ScamWow

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House! ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

Comedy
True Crime
Society & Culture
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145: Sextortion Scam Club with Josh Gondelman
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143: Caitlin Comes Clean: How To Scam Yourself ...
Oh geeezzzz this episode is maybe too up close and personal? But Caitlin gets incredibly honest about her current state of financial affairs. Something has to change quickly before she becomes so desperate she creates a new MLM. Talking about money is so hard, but scammers it’s important to talk about it so you don’t end up like Caity! So after listening to how you can scam yourself into credit card debt (so easy btw) then send us your stories and advice about your own money woes. RESOURCES: I wish I had any. @caitybrodnick @scamwowpodcast Scamwowpodcast.com DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414
28 min
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142: Is Horse Therapy A Solution Or A Scam? Wi...
Caitlin is welcomed by Comedian and writer Jess Keefe and they’re talking about scams inside addiction treatment centers. Treatment centers vary wildly between services and prices, but when the bill is 60k a month for “brushing a donkey” could it also be a scam, or the very thing that cures ya?
61 min
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141: LulaRich Bitch : A Scam Classic with Sue S...
That’s right, Sue’s back! And she’s brought an absolute scam classic, the documentary LulaRIch on Amazon Prime. True scammers will know that this was literally the very first episode of ScamWow covered by Sue and Caity ages ago, but now it’s back and fresh with new details. Caity and Sue discuss the best characters from the documentary, analyze the depositions, and talk about the crappy scam tactics by the founders. They also catch up about mommy outfits and that Caity has started putting on makeup to scam herself into feeling hawt!
63 min
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140: The Cult of Theranos : Elizabeth Holmes Tr...
Little bit of blood but a lotta bit of trouble! Rebakah Sebastian guest on this week’s episode to update us on the Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos trial. Caity and Rebekah go over the new evidence, the basis of the case, and the absolutely unbelievable gall of starting a medical company without any background in medicine. Caity shares her own experience with blood testing and genetics counseling and why it’s SO important for accurate, informed work in this industry for the sake of patients. Rebekah and Caity speculate how Elizabeth Holmes used cult-like tactics to scam and misrepresent her company and her investors.
74 min
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139: College is a Scam! Operation Varsity Blues...
Comedian, writer, Harvard graduate and college prep tutor (YES SHE DOES IT ALL) Taylor Kay Phillips, joins Caitlin to break down the nitty gritty details behind college admissions scams. Taylor and Caitlin revisit the infamous Operation Varsity Blues college admission scam, ane look at in from an entirely new perspective. Move over Aunt Becky, this story isn’t focused on influencer Olivia Jade, but on the details behind college admissions. They discuss unfair rules and NCAA restrictions inflicted on student athletes, new Supreme Court rulings and what makes a great essay. (Hint it might be your bathroom.)
66 min
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138: Scamspondants Sound Off! It’s a Mailbag Ep...
Producer Cait is back for the second half of our special mailbag episode. We learn about fraudulent archaeology, creepy kinks, and the power of pig GIFs. Learn how to protect yourself with cash lending apps like Paypal and the best ways to scam a small pizza shop. These tips and tricks from our listeners and so much more!
33 min
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138: Scamspondants Sound Off! It’s a Mailbag Ep...
Producer Cait is our special guest this week, and gives all the tips and tricks to avoid your homework! We are having a big catch up, but don’t get too close- one of them unfortunately smells like a hotdog. Did you have a crazy emotional experience during Covid? If so you better share because that is the only way to build a relationship. Sit back, relax, share all your feelings and emote like crazy so Cait and Caity can become your new best friends. Just think of it as a mental health day, much like the many many days Caity stayed home from school growing up
40 min
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137: The Man Who Hacked A Game Show w/ Rekha Sh...
Comedian, writer, and pictionary enthusiast Rekha Shankar, joins Caitlin to discuss the savant who destroyed the Press Your Luck game in 1984. Michael Larson single handedly brought down an entire network by simply being very focused, very obsessed, and very weird. His obsession over Press Your Luck won him $110,237 ($283,000 in today’s dollars) plus trips to the Bahamas, Kauai and a sailboat. Was it a scam, was it great work, or was it just too many TV’s?
36 min
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136: Hottie with a Body or Bot with a Twat? In...
We’re on the line with Stasia, a former professional catfish! Caitlin asks Stasia about what is was like working for a dating website. The dig into what exactly is the almost mathematical process to capture a heart. There’s vague rules and juicy topics, where you can learn how people were just freely giving away their secrets for a little love (and sexting, let’s be honest). Get up close and personal with an incredibly honest, sweet woman who also happens to be a professional liar.
62 min
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135: The Wilhelmina Modeling Agency of Philadel...
Cozy up with a hot cup of choice and settle down for a great discussion as Caity is joined by special guest Lindsay- Elizabeth Hand. Lindsay is a three time Emmy nominated producer, actor, writer and one of the kindest guests on ScamWow. Lindsay is also an owner and founder of Edge In Motion Productions, a full-service production company specializing in comedic tv, pilots, and viral internet content, wow wow wow. Caity and Lindsay share stories from the stage and times they’ve been scammed as performers. Lindsay tells us about a fake modeling school in Philadelphia claiming to be affiliated with Whilimenia. And they discuss prestigious Universities claiming to have professors who aren’t creeps. And last but not least: the self-inflicted scam of perfectionism.
46 min
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134: Lie like a Superhero! Catfishing and Cyber...
Two scam crazed worlds collide this week as Caitlin welcomes the hosts of “What The Hack Podcast, With Adam Levin” . Adam Levin, Beau Friedlander, and Travis Taylor help breakdown cyber hackers and catfishing. What are the fundamentals for keeping your privacy safe? Why is it good to lie about where you went to high school and your mother's maiden name? Do you really need help with carrying your bags from Penn Station or are you just a tourist who might get shived? These and SO many more questions just clamoring to be answered, on this super fun episode!
52 min
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133: “I Think I Was Almost Kidnapped?” A Bruta...
Fumi Abe, comedian and writer for the Late Late Show with James Corden, joins Caitlin to reminisce about all the times they have been scammed. Fumi is an hysterical host of the “Asian Not Asian Podcast” and has had plenty of experience, maybe too much experience, with scams! This episode gets really deep really quick. TW they talk about the time Caitlin was almost kidnapped and that one time Fumi was alone in Japan when things got real weird, so it’s a little stressful in case you need to skip it. This is a fun and uber personal episode filled with the kind of scams that make ya think “WOW, how are they still alive?!”
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132: Ding Dong It’s The Donners For Dinner!
Caitlin is joined by the iconic Maggie Brodnick, AKA her mother, as they discuss The Donner party. That’s right, the cannibals! Although that should be debated, because cannibalism was just an itsy bitsy part of the whole story. Caity’s Mom, the goddess and obvious historian, details the specifics of the Donner party history, including that SCAMS that led them to suffering, failure, and oof… eating each other. They explain why the “Hastings CutOff” was a total scam, built on male hubris OF COURSE. They dig into how the idea of Manifest Destiny itself was a scam, because there’s no such thing as free land. Finally they talk about what happened to the survivors of the Donner Party, and what Caity might have done if she was stuck on a Conestoga wagon in a blizzard.
54 min
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131: Fraud or Financial Abuse? The Saga of Erik...
Scamspondant Ellen Haun is back! She brings us breaking housewives news about the Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi divorce, bankruptcy, and embezzlement scandal. You guys, this story has now evolved to Tom being in a conservatorship a la #freebritney and Erika has to learn how to do her own laundry. Ellen breaks down the history of Tom’s law firm, between the famous cases and some of the dubious practices that should have tipped people off earlier. More importantly, Caity and Ellen debate DID ERIKA KNOW?
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130: This Is A Robbery and a Podcast! Part 2 - ...
You didn't think Caitlin could contain her excitement with the first inperson guest in over a year to just one episode, did ya???? Good! Because this is part 2 of one of the most gripping unsolved cases of our time. We’ve got the Mafia, bad cops, priceless art, hilarious Mafia sisters, and Boston being Boston. Caitlin and Brandon continue their discussion about the Isabella Stewart Garder Museum Art heist, based on the Netflix doc. They both dive deep into the actual crimes committed, and what they would do if given the chance to take a tiny piece of tapestry. If you could get away with it, would you?
45 min
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129: This Is A Robbery and a Podcast! Part 1 -...
The comeback kid- Brandon Saloy is the first guest post-break and in-person! Caitlin hasn't been able to sit next to a guest in, well, what feels like forever. Up first, Caitlin shares her most recent scam experiences, including being a one-woman Etsy bridesmaid in a knockoff dress. Then Brandon and Caitlin discuss a juicy juicy heist! This episode is about the infamous 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist which remains UNSOLVED to this day. You’d think $500 million dollars worth of historic art would be difficult to steal, but if it’s St. Patrick's Day in Boston, anything is possible! Hey guys, let's grab sum AHT.
36 min
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128: We’re Back BABY! It's a Mailbag Episode!
After a long hiatus, Sue and Caitlin are back in the studio with all of your incredible emails and messages to share to the world! In just two months Caitlin was scammed, listeners were scammed, and Sue’s son is traveling all over this country before he can even walk. Get ready for everything that MUST BE discussed. Why is Caroline Calloway selling snake oil? Why is Caitlin desperate to be a bridesmaid? And who do they agree is a “sweaty piece of turd?” These and many more questions on this week's episode!
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127: How to Scam the Lottery w/ Murf Meyer
Murf Meyer, an old UCB comedy friend and host of the Murf Meyer is Self-Medicated podcast, joins us to talk about a legendary lottery scam that happened in the ‘80s in Pennsylvania. Honestly? This scam is genius and more people should pull it because scamming the lottery is a great idea.
52 min
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126: All The Scams w/ Gabrielle Bluestone
The queen of scam reporting, Gabrielle Bluestone, joins us this week to talk about all of our favorite scams.
58 min
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125: Cult Linguistics w/ Amanda Montell
Girlboss. Oily Mamas. Bridesmaid fonts. Linguist Amanda Montell joins us to discuss the languages cults use to control you. Check out her new book, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, coming to bookstores everywhere this June. Plus, an update on Sue’s stepdad’s rifle scope scam. And, should adult friends really be expected to remember each other’s birthdays? Is it just too much?
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124: When Cults Become Comforting w/ Sabra Boyd
This week Sue and Caity realize they've always been one tupperware party away from joining a cult. Luckily, journalist Sabra Boyd, schools them on how to graduate from college and a cult, simultaneously. Sabra shares her experience as a child actor, homeless teen, and her susceptibility to scams. Also if your co-worker invites you to a meeting held inside a hotel conference room- RUN IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.
62 min
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123: Fraud Masterclass w/ David Fleck PLUS JEN ...
Sue and Producer Cait are joined by legendary LA prosecutor, David Fleck, to discuss the legacy of legendary scammer, Mickey Henschel.
58 min
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122: I’d Fu#K That Butter: Armie Hammer and Art...
This week Caitlin and Sue kidnap Cait as she tries to flee the city, to discuss a scam which has the entire team completely divided. First they cover the complicated, shady, provocative and creepy lineage that has brought us Armand Hammar, and how his sinister relatives used chairs. Then we cover “Made You Look” the Netflix documentary on the infamous Knoedler Gallery and the con that closed its doors. And finally the most sexual painting we have ever viewed arrives at Caitlin’s house. And hey Armie, all we got to say is “you first!”
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121: Billy McFarland & Survivor Scams w/ Jenny ...
Comedian, actor, and Emmy-nominated producer, Jenny Gorelick, joins Sue and Caitlin to discuss the scams pulled by contestants on the legendary show Survivor. Jenny is the host of the Receipts podcast AND co-host of the new More Banana show The Women’s Alliance: A Survivor Podcast. She was also personally scammed by Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland and spills all the tea on her old high school classmate. Oh, and if you’re free, join us every Friday night on Stereo for an aftershow chat. . RESOURCES: https://jennygorelick.com/ The Women’s Alliance - https://podbay.fm/p/the-womens-alliance-a-survivor-podcast/about https://www.youtube.com/c/caitlinBrodnick http://suesmithcomedy.com https://stereo.com/caitybrodnick https://stereo.com/suesmith666 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 scamwowpodcast.com
55 min
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Feed Drop - We Stan Together Podcast with Pat R...
Caitlin and Sue are taking a much needed week off and will be back next week with more scammy cons and Anna Delvey updates!
82 min
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120: Mailbag: The Podcast That Survived Covid
It’s been a minute, but we are finally sitting down to read your emails, voicemails, and Instagram messages. What’s up, everyone? Sue here and man am I loopy! We’re talking about such a range of stuff today, from fillers to egg donation, Anna Delvey and more. Be sure to join us on the Stereo app on Friday night at 9pm EST for our aftershow so we can spill some more tea. Ok, I literally have no words left in my brain, but I love you and I love podcasting thanks for listening to our show!
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119: Free Britney.
We’re talking to #FreeBritney expert, Brennen White, about everything that the Framing Britney Spears documentary left out. Turns out, Britney is being scammed by SO MANY people, including her business manager, her dad, her ex-husband and even her lawyer!
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118: ScamWow x Heist Podcast Crossover
Sue and Caitlin are joined by Matt and Simon from the Heist podcast to discuss some juicy scams.
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117: Jason Collier and the Texas Sister Wives
Sue and Producer Cait delve into the scam Jason Collier, the police chief of Stinnett, Texas who is apparently engaged to like eight women in several states, despite being married with four children. It’s truly the internet mess slash Hilaria Baldwin-level scam we need this week. And we’d like to thank Brandy’s Internet for providing it! Please note that the original Facebook thread has been removed but you know we’ll have some juicy screenshots on our IG! @scamwowpodcast
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116: Mary Cosby & Erika Jayne w/ Sarah Galli
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115: Confident Women w/ Tori Telfer
Feminist author, Tori Telfer, stops by to discuss her new book, Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapshifters of the Feminine Persuasion. It’s chock full of stories about the type of historical con artists we just love. Today, we’re focused on the legendary Candian who came to America to scam on a much larger level, Cassie Chadwick. Plus, is it imposter syndrome if you’re actually an imposter?
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114: Spotting Celebrity Plastic Surgery w/ Jani...
Grab a seltzer, sit back, relax and let’s talk about something completely superficial: plastic surgery!
62 min
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113: You Look Great & You’re Perfect! w/ Ellen ...
Diets are a scam, so tell your New Year's resolution to suck it. Caitlin brings on special guest host, Ellen Haun, to talk about the diet trends that have clawed their way into our lives.
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112: ¡ESCANDALITO! Hilaria Baldwin
This week, Sue bursts forth from maternity leave to talk about Hilaria Baldwin with Caitlin. You know her: the famous mom, yogi, wife, and admirer of all things Spanish. Sue and Caitlin discuss the current headlines and Reddit threads buzzing over this grift. If you travel to Spain a few times and come back with a full accent and a spray tan, forgetting the English word for cucumber ... you might be the Latina Rachel Dolezal?
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Happy Holidays from Scam Wow!
See you in 2021!
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111. Jesus Will Dropship You A Horse Mask
Why was Newsweek raided? Is Olivet University trying to sell you mealworms?
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110. Ding Dong, it’s the Cops! With Josh Gondel...
Comedian and writer Josh Gondelman is this week’s guest, and he just might be the nicest comedian in New York City. Plus, if you are a scammer, you will love this guy.
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109. Oh No? More like, Au Pair!
She’s a talent scout, devoted babysitter, and sometimes impersonates Florida judges: It’s Australian con artist Samantha Azzopardi.
46 min
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108. Thanksgiving Mailbag
Gobble, gobble! To show our thanks for you and all of our fans, we’ve put together a very special mailbag episode.
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107. Big Bertha Heyman w/ Lauren Brickman
The fabulous Lauren Brickman joins us today to talk about a few classic conwomen, including Susanna Mildred Hill and Big Bertha Hayman.
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106. #FreeBritney w/ Clark Moore
We love Britney! Clark Moore, host of the Soul Balm podcast, joins us today to break down the #FreeBritney movement.
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105. Exposing Magic w/ Kevin Smith
You think magic is all just balls? Well, it’s pickles, too. Listener Kevin Smith joins us to explain some hot hot magic secrets, which we’ve always wanted. Tell us how you’re doing it! He goes over tricks, false transfers, casinos, card games, and even a special con artist language, called the Roth Memory System. And, we just can’t with David Blaine. That cold, cold man. Plus, Caity won a poker game against 80 guys once. DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 scamwowpodcast.com
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104. Ghost Adventures Is A Scam w/ Lawrence Kern
Happy halloween, ya creeps! We’re talking about a scammy bonkers show called Ghost Adventures, which has been on since 2004. Plus, the hosts all wear leather trench coats, so that’s definitely sus. We cover the spectral spectrum today and talk about ghost shows, mediums, and even Lawrenece’s childhood home. Plus, we learn about pareidolia, which has no relation to stromboli.
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103. Skincare Is A Scam w/ Lauren Adams
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Lauren Adams is here with some hot takes on skincare. You won’t believe the words coming out of her mouth. She even claims that soap is a scam! Plus, what’s really the difference between Botox and gel nails? And are Vaseline and sunscreen all you need? Then, we’re talking about Chicago’s Dirty John, Matthew DeRolf, and the influencer he scammed, Samantha Hills. And don’t forget to get the boobs you want! Resources: More about Lauren: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5385492/ Weleda Skin Food: https://www.amazon.com/Weleda-Skin-Food-2-5-Ounce/dp/B000ORV3NC Skincare By Hyram - https://www.skincarebyhyram.com/ What’s on Vi’s Face - https://www.tiktok.com/@whatsonvisface?lang=en DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 scamwowpodcast.com
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102. Sour Grapes & Fake Wine
The wine is fake! We’re covering the epic documentary Sour Grapes, made by a man with two very cute kids whom Sue used to babysit. If you’re looking for a film where one of the main characters wears sunglasses inside, another wallpapers his bathroom with wine labels, and they all spend egregious amounts of money on wine, then this is the one for you! Sue and Caitlin both agree: Rudy Kurniawan is a good scammer. He’s like Anna Delvey, but with wine. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5728684/ DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 Scamwowpodcast.com
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101. Hey We’re 100! Part 2
Hello babies and gentlemen! We’re here to give you the extra special anniversary mailbag episode that your heart craves. We go deep into some dirty diaper scams and some super sad puppy stories. Seriously, who dyes their pup’s hair? And is art just one big scam? But most importantly, thank you so much for all of your calls, emails, and messages.
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100. We Turn 100, Part 1!
It’s our 100th episode, people! We’re so excited that we’re doing a special scam retrospective where we look back on our favorite episodes, hottest scammers, and even our least favorite episodes. Plus, good news! Caity’s Isaac Newton obsession has survived quarantine. AND we do great journalism. Tell your husbands. DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 Scamwowpodcast.com
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99. Teddi Mellencamp, Mary Trump, and The Borge...
Oy, what a shitshow, eh gang? If you live in America, things here are kind of a total nightmare. I mean, I guess it’s good that we have clean water (some of us) and electricity (for now) but wow, those presidential debates last night really took it out of me. I had to go to bed right after because they were so emotionally exhausting. ANYWAY, today we’re breaking news about The Borgen Project, a scammy internship farm masquerading as a non-profit that fights poverty using unpaid internships. We’re also talking about Mary Trump’s lawsuit against Donald Trump and the rest of the family as well as Teddi Mellecamp’s scammy All In diet, as a palate cleanser. But please, don’t pay anyone to starve you. It’s just too NXIVM. Love you all <3 - Sue
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98. Taylor Lorenz on Her Favorite Social Media ...
The queen has arrived! Legendary New York Times reporter, Taylor Lorenz, joins us to talk about Tik Tok, her favorite internet scams, being Team Tati, and her controversial skincare routine. Plus, we touch down on some of our faves like Jake Paul, Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, and more. If you want to take your mind off of the trash fire that is America, then this is the episode!
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97. California City Land Scam w/ Emily Guerin
Real Estate is a scam. We all know that. But what about real estate that’s been bought and sold by the same people in the desert for the last 50 years? Definitely a scam. In her new eight-part podcast series, KPCC and LAist reporter Emily Guerin goes deep into the desert in California City to talk to people about the scam that’s happened underneath their noses for the last several years. And she’s here to tell us all about. Plus, she tells us all of the ways that she was gaslit when trying to uncover the truth. Our lady guests are back and they’re great!
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96. The Actual 2008 Financial Crash w/ Ellen Haun
Sometimes you gotta send in a woman to do a job that a man started but truly couldn’t articulate, even though he made a six-part documentary about it. Ellen Haun is here to set the record straight about the 2008 financial crash. It’s very linear and all makes sense! Plus, Caitlin discovers that Bear Stearns is not an actual person. Also, Sue’s cat, Snacks, is totally a scammer.
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95. Honey Money: News & Mailbag, Part 2
Mailbag time! We’re reading some amazing listener emails about a skincare scam, gacha games, and even the rigged gubernatorial election in Georgia. (Hey FBI: you might want to get on this.) Thanks so much for your calls, emails, and support (especially to defend us against noted misogynist P*trick L*vell.) You really have our backs and we love you! Resources: Youth Renew Skincare Scam- https://beautifulyouthaffinity.com/nw4/desktop/?affId=22&subAff=215468&c1=&c2=4825052&c3=141013034&c4=&c5= June 2020 Election Problems:https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1228541 Quotes and Figures from Wikipedia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Georgia_gubernatorial_election 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial Election: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/16/668753230/democrat-stacey-abrams-ends-bid-for-georgia-governor-decrying-suppression Femminist Book Club - https://www.feministbookclub.com/ Gigguk video about gacha games - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdtJsZpuQ4 More on gacha games - https://www.tsunagujapan.com/gacha-catch-em-all-gashapon-machines-in-japan/ YouTube video about preying upon people with addictive personalities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNjI03CGkb4 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 scamwowpodcast.com
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94. Bannon, Blues, and Butthead Jake Paul: News...
From psoriasis troll Steve Bannon to the Varsity Blues scam, and even Jake Paul’s COVID-infested parties, we’re catching up on the ongoing pop culture scams in America. By the way, we were maybe the first people to report on Steve Bannon’s Build the Wall scam back in December where’s our Pulitzer? Also, Caitlin, Sue, and Producer Cait fetishize a painting about butter because, duh.
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93. The Inaugural Scammer with Dartanyon Williams
Babes, it’s our first interview with an actual scammer and we are THRILLED! Back in the 90s, Dartanyon Williams began a massive identity theft ring that started in Louisiana and later branched out to many states in the South. This is juicy. He shares with us his incredible story of redemption, enlightenment, and courage. We fangirl'd hard you guys! Today, Dartanyon is running for Congress in Louisiana and you should all vote for him! We need more scammers in office. The good kind, anyway. Also if you are a scammer who would like to share your story, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US! We will praise and protect your identity, if you need. Resources: Dartanyon’s Book - The Master Identity Thief https://www.amazon.com/Master-Identity-Thief-Testimony-Solutions/dp/1544507011 Dartanyon’s info on Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/Dartanyon_Williams Dartanyonawilliams.com Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon
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92. The Man Who Got Scammed By His Best Friend
Today, we talk to Johnathan Walton, of Reader’s Digest fame, about being scammed out of $75,000 by his neighbor, Mair Smyth. What we love about him is that Johnathan didn’t ashamedly slink into the shadows as a victim of this con artist. NO! Jonathan sought JUSTICE and we love anyone who fights for justice. It’s so rare these days! This is a deep dive into a juicy tale that you don’t want to miss. Plus, should you background check every person you meet?
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91. Scammy iPhone Games
Today, we’re joined by two dudes who are, fortunately, NOT mansplainers, Nick Bernardone and Bryson Pintard. Nick and Bryson tell us all about a scammy freemium Game of Thrones iPhone game that took Nick for $2000 and turned Bryson into an avatar named Sexy Lexi. Addicting games will change the very fiber of your being! Don’t get scammed. Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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90. Sue & Caitlin Get Conned
Today, we’re talking about the corruption in capitalism that led to the 2008 financial crash, among other things. Our guest today is Patrick Lovell who made a five-part series about corrupt capitalism called, “The Con.” And, well, he sure conned us. Have a listen and find out what we mean. Resources: thecon.tv Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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89. Mailbag: Canine Antivaxxers Are A Thing
Thank you for all of your messages! Our listeners are the best. Today, we’re talking about SO MANY SCAMS! Including ones from Reader’s Digest, Postmates, doulas, MLMs, and way more. Just goes to show you that there are scammers EVERYWHERE and ya’ll better watch out. Plus, accidentally got the wrong monogram? Sue’s mom will take it. She doesn’t care. Also, practice your spells for 2021, people!
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88. Spooky Freemason Sh*t
First, a little update on Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Also, Sue and Caitlin both wanted injuries and dabbled in Wicca as children. Who knew?! Then, Conor Brodnick joins us to discuss the Hermetic Order of the Gold Dawn, which was a branch of the Freemasons that included none other than Ann O’Delia Diss Debar! The connections are crazy. Plus, what is the Rosetta Stone, really?
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86. Dave Hill’s Grandfather Killed A Guy
Today, Caitlin and Sue sit down with author and comedian Dave Hill to discuss his new book, The Vapors. Did you know that Arkansas used to be like THE place to go for rest, relaxation, and gambling? Neither did we. Plus, Dave tells Sue and Caitlin ancient family lore about how his hustling granddad killed a guy and got away with it, and how his dad was friends with Bill Clinton, who is the Patron Saint of Hustlers. Let’s talk about that Epstein connection!
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85. 🚨BREAKING YOUTUBE NEWS 🚨
Wow, what a week for drama. Mackenzie Thomas joins us to break down everything that’s happening in the YouTube beauty community with Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, Tati Westbrook (aka “That Old Bag”), and James Charles. We discuss what’s fact, what’s fiction, and how long should an apology video really be? And if you don’t know who those people are that’s ok. After this episode you’ll be so caught up with current pop culture drama that you’ll be able to post your own 80min response video!!!
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84. Juicy Youtube Goss, Part 2
We’re back with Mackenzie Thomas and Amanda Golka to talk about some of our favorite YouTube scammer. We’re discussing Trisha Paytas, Shane Dawson, and Tanacon, too. Speaking of which: do you think there will be a Tanacon 2? Find out in this episode!
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83. Jake Paul’s Money Scam, Part 1
Boy oh boy, do we have a special episode for you, folks. We’re taking a break from the heaviness that’s happening in our country to talk about some juicy YouTube scams. We’re joined by Mackenzie Thomas and Amanda Golka to talk about Jake Paul’s Financial Freedom program. Is it a scam preying on young children perpetrated by a piece of trash influencer? Listen to find out. Plus, Part 2 is coming soon!
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82. COP SCAMS
Let’s face it: the cops are scammers. From PBA cards to signal jammers, and even conspiracy theories about missing protestors, these uneducated and barely-trained oafs will do anything to keep people in check. TEAR GAS IS FORBIDDEN BY THE GENEVA CONVENTION, PEOPLE! Anyway, this is a nice episode about cop scams and how Producer Cait’s mom once sued her local police. Enjoy and we love you.
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81. Racists, Get Out
Our country is in a time of crisis. We struggled whether it would be insensitive to put out an episode this week. Ultimately, we decided that, because we’re comedians, our purpose is to make you laugh and take your mind off of things. That’s why we’re talking about Bethenny Frankel, Myka Stauffer, Kylie Jenner, and Smile Direct Club. We know that covering a bunch of white women doesn’t make anything better, but hopefully it brings a smile directly to your face, for at least a little bit. Stay safe and take care. Love, ScamWow.
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To be silent is to be complicit. We can’t stand idly by and pretend that everything is okay in the United States right now. Today, Caitlin uses our platform for a special message on the violence happening against black people in our country. End the violence now. Black Lives Matter. Here are some resources. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM Protest resources Systematic Racism Explained by Viola Davis True Beauty Podcast call to action Anti Racism Resources https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ https://blacklivesmatter.com/help-us-fight-disinformation/
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80. Vinnie The Chin w/ Ellen Haun
Forget about it! Ellen Haun is back and today she’s telling us all about the mafia. She’s spilling the tea on Vinnie “The Chin” Gigante and so many other wiseguys. The mafia's bread and butter is scams! Just wait until you hear about the fishmonger. Plus, heroin always gets ya!
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79. Mailbag & Caroline Calloway Catch Up Part 2
Hey scammers! We’re back with more of your wonderful messages, emails, and phone calls. You’re the best. Key takeaways from this episode: Annie Leibovitz might email you out of the blue, Poshmark is full of scammers selling completely random stuff, and is Words With Friends the hot new dating app? Listen to find out! Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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78. Mailbag & Caroline Calloway Catch-Up
We all need to distract ourselves right now. And you know what provides a wonderful distraction? Keeping up with Caroline Calloway’s strange antics. Also, we’re reading some wonderful notes from listeners, including Australian John! Plus, have you ever peed in a bedside vessel? Let us know. Links: https://www.buddhapowerstore.com/ Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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77. Maybe It’s Maybelline, Maybe It’s Gasoline:...
We’ve got a lot to talk about with Alex Ford. Co-host of Take Me There podcast, Alex brings us to the fascinating scam of counterfeit makeup. Did you know that fake makeup is a bigger industry than drugs? Crazy, right?! Also, PLEASE don’t self-inject Botox. It’s not like cutting your own bangs!
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76. Literally Literary Scammer JT LeRoy
Books? More like scams. Today, we take a deep dive into late ‘90s literary scammer, JT LeRoy. What a trip, people! Keeping up with the number of characters alone demands a CIA-level chart with push pins and red strings everywhere. There’s Laura, there’s Speedie, there’s Savannah, there’s Thor, there’s the Terminator... And they’re almost all made up! We watched multiple movies on this scam and, in the end, things get heated. One thing’s for sure, though, we LOVE TO WEEP! Research: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/23/nyregion/23writer.htm https://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/09/books/the-unmasking-of-jt-leroy-in-public-hes-a-she.html https://www.laweekly.com/the-lies-and-follies-of-laura-albert-a-k-a-jt-leroy/ The Cult of JT LeRoy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3756484/ Author: The JT LeRoy Story https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5278462/ J.T. LeRoy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5460522/ Gawker’s coverage https://gawker.com/tag/jt-leroy Visit scamwowpodcast.com for links to our Patreon, Instagram and more. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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75: Like Mrs. Doubtfire, but with Sheep
Before Anna Delvey, before the Fyre Festival, before the most legendary scams of our time, there were sheep. This week, Caitlin dives deep into a medieval mystery and comes out the other side with some interesting tales of lords and their lambs. Mary had a little lamb, but legendary scammer Robert Carpenter had lots of lambs. Join Sue and Caitlin as they read his translations from Latin and learn how to con your boss. Research: C A. F. MEEKINGS, More about Robert Carpenter of Hareslade, The English Historical Review, Volume LXXII, Issue CCLXXXIII, April 1957, Pages 260–269, https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/LXXII.CCLXXXIII.260 Coss, Peter. (2016). Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200–1250 trans. and ed. by Martha Carlin and David Crouch. The Catholic Historical Review. 102. 153-154. 10.1353/cat.2016.0044. How to defraud your lord on the medieval manor Commercial Activity, Markets and Entrepreneurs in the Middle Ages Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250 (The Middle Ages Series) England in the Thirteenth Century By Alan Harding Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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Introducing All D!ck Is Trash Podcast with Mill...
Introducing a brand new podcast on he More Banana network, All D!ck Is Trash with Milly Tamarez. Sue and Caity are taking a much needed beak to ramp up more scam content, but in the meantime, enjoy this new podcast from More Banana featuring another incredible lady from More Banana, Jeena Bloom!
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74. The Bad Beer Scammer
Investigative journalist Allen Arthur joines us again to talk about a real dark lager of a scam. Fake brewer, Stephen Foster, has been hopping from brewery to brewery around the world, leaving a trail of gross beer in his wake. Plus, if you accept bearer bonds do you deserve to be scammed? The moral of the story is: don’t get caught in the spider web. Research: -Kentucky Sports Radio article- https://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/the-other-stephen-foster-story-kentuckys-craft-beer-con-man/ -Documentary about MTA impersonator: http://www.offtherailsmovie.com/ Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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73. The Cutco King: Jack Wyrick
Who doesn’t love a good deep dive into a scammy little MLM? This week, we’re interviewing Producer Cait’s husband, a former manager and leading Cutco salesman, Jack Wyrick. We debate just who scammed whom: the consumer or the salesman? And it turns out Jack can make roses out of pennies! We’ll hear all about how people of the South trusted little strangers like him to come into their house with knives. What a world it was! Visit https://morebananaproductions.com/ to see what Jack’s Cutco kingdom has bestowed upon the world. Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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72. TIGER KING LIVESTREAM!
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71. Student Loans Are A Scam w/ Stacy Antoville
Comedian and art teacher Stacy Antoville joins us in the studio to talk about the scammy elements of the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program. It’s wild, folks. But what did you expect from our government? The same people who are forcing you to make your own hospital supplies during a pandemic. I digress. Just find your Bridget, everyone. Plus, Caitlin discusses her funny new short film that’s perfect for quarantines. Also, we have a new patreon episode up this week! https://www.patreon.com/scamwowpodcast Research: Jew York - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtKsaB5xgxI Get Stacy’s merch- https://society6.com/dumptruckbk News Channel 69 - https://www.instagram.com/officialnewschannel69/ Caitlin’s short film - https://vimeo.com/367151884 Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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70. Mackenzie Scams TikTok
Our pop culture scam-spondent, Mackenzie Thomas, is back to update us on her past scams and tell us how she scammed the people of TikTok. She fills us in on the latest with Lori Laughline, Caroline Calloway, Jake Paul, Tana Mongeau, and Olivia Jade. Then, she teaches us about the Hype House, Lil Hudi, and e-boys. We’re not worthy!
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69. Nice. (Mini-Mailbag)
Hope ya’ll are staying safe and sane during the quarantine. We’ve got a hot mini-mailbag episode for you today featuring some of the amazing scams you’ve sent us over the last few weeks. We’re talking about Norwex (like Amway), The People’s Bank, and even My Super Sweet 16 (tbt!) Times are tough right now, but we’re going to keep cranking out some piping hot content to keep you entertained during your social distancing. Hey! If you like our podcast, head over to Apple Podcast and throw us a five-star rating, wontcha? Xoxo, Sue
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68. Rodan & Fields Skin Scams w/ Ellen Haun
Hello Scamsters! This week we get up close and personal with some skin scams. Remember Proactive? Justin Bieber and Sue’s students swore by it. Our special guest is author and comedian Ellen Haun, who teaches us about the scams behind the serums. We cover the entire Rodan and Fields enterprise, from the billionaires to the tiniest people in the pyramid. And would your boss ask you to defend their company on social media? Should Sue’s mom ride that Diamond Princess, and why do so many senior citizens love the Brodnicks? Don’t get your lashes in a tangle, we answer all these and more.
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67. Mailbag: Ponzi Schemes Are Cute
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66. Historic Scammer Ann O’Delia Diss Debar w/ ...
Friend of the show and Upright Citizens Brigade comedian, Lydia Hensler, joins us to talk about a truly bonkers historic scammer named Ann O’Delia Diss Debar. Well, that was one of Ann’s names. She also went by Editha Salomen, Swami Laura Horos, and had a different alias in every state, tbh. Hated by Harry Houdini, Ann was a legendary con-artist who ran scams all over the world. We also discuss aura readings, making love to cabbage, cults, and the first female candidate for president, Victoria Claflin Woodhull. (It wasn’t Hilary Clinton? We’ve been scammed!)
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65. Bitcoin Boi: Cryptocurrency w/James Coker
Noted scamspondent, James Coker, is back! This time he’s telling us all about cryptocurrency. BitCoin, OneCoin, LiteCoin, all the coins. Are they all scams? Plus, we touch on OneCoin scammer, Ruja Ignatova. Where is she, you guys??? AND we get an update about James’ scammy family
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64. We Stan Caitlin!
We’re giving you a peek at More Banana’s newest show. Caitlin joins Lauren Brickman and Caitlin Bitzegaio of the We Stan Together podcast to talk about her deep love of Love. Jennifer Love Hewitt, that is.
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63. Fake Bags, Real Talk w/ Claire Downs
Today, writer and comedian Claire Downs joins us to talk about fake bags. Claire went deep into the subreddit RepLadies for Elle magazine to uncover the underground world of high-end luxury purse and bag replications. We are talking about women in America who are coordinating their whole experience directly with people in Chinese factories to get fake Birkins, Chanel bags, YSL stuff, and way more. And, yet again, all roads lead back to Caroline Calloway. This is simply a must listen!
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62. Belle Gibson & The Grammys: Research Your G...
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61. Houston Astros Sign Stealing & Scam Rapping...
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60. Mailbag: The Chicken Pot Scam Will Never Die
Thanks for your emails and messages! We’re doing another mailbag episode in which we find out that the legendary chicken pot scam has been around since we were just mere children, suckling our mother’s teat. That’s disgusting, sorry. Not breast-feeding. That’s beautiful. The word “teat.” Patently offensive. Makes my skin crawl. Also, we hear about those weed lollipops in New York (we all knew those were too good to be true) and DoTerra partnering with an ACTUAL HOSPITAL in Kentucky. Dear Lord, please save us from the Huns before we all turn into a bunch of lavender-scented, sickly robot drones. Yi boy.
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59. Politics & The Scammer In Chief
Gentle reminder: there’s a literal scammer controlling the White House. Yes, politics are upsetting and the world is probably going to burn in our lifetime if things don’t change. Yes, you are completely inundated with news about our scammy administration. We get that! We also think that it’s our duty to point out scams whenever we see them. The American President is not immune to being called out as a scammer! That’s why we forced ourselves to do this episode. We’re documenting all of the major scams that Donald Trump has been part of so that we don’t forget them. Hopefully, this info mobilizes us to fight for change. This episode is like getting your wisdom teeth out: it hurts and it’s unpleasant, but it’s so necessary and your mouth will be much healthier afterward.
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58. Have Yourself A Scammy Little Christmas
Happy Holidays, fam! We’re taking a few minutes to catch up and bring you the miniest of mini episodes today. I suppose they could get mini-er but then we’d be living in Marwen and no one even saw that movie, I don’t think. Except Steve Carell, and even he probably didn’t watch the whole thing. Marwen sounds a lot like My Wife - ever think about that? I was watching old Borat episodes on YouTube last week and, I’ll tell ya what, they still hold up! Very much cringe! Did I ever tell you the time we made our pastor say, “I now pronounce you husband and MAH WIIFE,” at our wedding? That was wonderful. Anyway! We have a mini this week and are taking next week off because we deserve it. But, of course, we get antsy if we aren’t working hard enough, so we’re going ahead and launching our first exclusive Patreon episode. It’s so fun and good. Caity and I just walked through the West Hollywood, whispering to each other about the products. It doesn’t have much to do with scams, but it’s wonderful. Subscribe to our Patreon if you want to hear it. I guess that’s it. I’m about to spend a week with my family so please #pray4me. Love you! -Sue
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57. Baby Formula and An Emotional Baby
Merry Impeachment morning, everyone! In honor of this special day, we’re talking about a guy with a GoFundMe, one leg, and a dream. It’s Brian Kolfage and his personal quest to build a wall along the southern border of the United States and he’s a NOTED SCAMMER, folks! Also, we’re taking a look at the depressing stuff that Nestle does to scam people into buying its products, especially mothers in developing countries. Also, that Bill Gates documentary is a wild ride! This is a political episode so if you’re not that, keep it moving.
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56. James Coker’s Dad Was A Scammer
Comedian and friend of the show, James Coker, is in the UCB studio sharing his family secrets! You’ll have to listen to hear all the juicy tea, but let’s just say his parents drove a British Rolls Royce when he was growing up and it confused the other drivers to see a child in the driver’s seat. Before there was Baby Driver, there was James Coker.
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55. Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star, and YouTube Sca...
Pop culture correspondent Mackenzie Thomas is back to talk about her favorite scammy guilty pleasure: YouTube. Together with Producer Cait Moldenhauer, Sue and Mackenzie carefully analyze the problematic influencers, Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star. They talk about Shane Dawn’s most recent Jeffree Star documentary, the Conspiracy Palette, algorithms, and whether these YouTubers are scamming themselves most of all. Plus, Mackenzie is writing a scholarly paper on Trisha Paytas and we can’t wait to read it!
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54. Thank You, Listeners!
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53. Polygamist Con Artists w/ Web Crawlers
Wow, wow wow! It’s a piping hot one today, folks. Sue and Caitlin are doing a deep dive into the many scams of the polygamist cult, The Kingston Clan, with Melissa Stetten and Ali Segel from Web Crawlers! They’re talking about energy scams, Turkey (the country), creepy Bountiful Babies, and way more. Plus, Sue almost gets scammed by her insurance company. Buckle up: it’s gonna be a wild ride.
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52. Live Show That Ruins Your Childhood
Sorry to ruin your childhood but the guy who created all your favorite boy bands - the Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, and LFO - is a total scammer. That’s right: at their first live show at the UCB Sunset, Sue and Caity talk about legendary boy band scammer, Lou Pearlman. Turns out, he also conned people with blimps, banks, and butts. He liked any scam that started with a B! Hope you enjoy it!
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51. Dispatches From An Italian Honeymoon: The A...
Sue is reporting live on everything from TikTok’s CandyKen to which horror films you should walk out of. Then Sue breaks brings us some shady Airbnb booking scams. Caitlin is on her way to California for the first ever ScamWow Live Show (Come to our live show!!) on Sunday, November 10 at UCB Sunset in LA. Finally, Scam-spondant and past guest, Danielle Gibson, calls in from Italy, because she was just scammed on her honeymoon! Find out if an “Italian mama’s boy can out drama a Leo Bride?!” THESE SCAMS DON’T SLEEP! Come to our live show! Sunday, November 10 at UCB Sunset. Further Reading: Danielle’s Honeymoon Insta Story Seth Meyers w./ Jeremy O. Harris Slave Play Anna Delvey book Bad Batch Podcast TikTok CandyKen Brunchella AirBnb Scam Vice Article Send us your scams! scamwowpodcast@gmail.com Or call: 347-509-9414 DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.
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