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Audacious Fraudsters

Stories of lies and deception

Scams and cons have always been a topic of interest in popular culture but con artist entertainment is certainly having it’s moment. From pyramid schemes to medical fraud, these are stories of charismatic false prophets, money and deception that leave trails of destruction in their wake. We have selected a few of this genre to get you started.

For more on The Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes story, take a look at our Pod The Theranos Scam 

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Fake Heiress

The woman who scammed New York. It was a scandal that shook a city’s wealthy elite. In Fake Heiress, a podcast from BBC Radio 4, journalist Vicky Baker charts the rise and fall of Anna Delvey, who conned New York high society into believing that she was a multi-millionaire heiress. Here Vicky explains the story of one of the most successful impostors of our time.

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The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos

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The Dropout tells the story of the rise and fall of former Silicon Valley darling Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest self-made female billionaire. She dropped out of Stanford to launch her company Theranos — claiming her technology could detect hundreds of diseases from a drop or two of blood. If it worked, she would have changed healthcare forever. ABC News Podcasts.

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The Missing Cryptoqueen

Dr Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency to rival Bitcoin, and persuaded them to invest billions. Then she disappeared. Jamie Bartlett spent months investigating how she did it for the Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, and trying to figure out where she’s hiding. He presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness.

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WeCrashed. The Rise and Fall of WeWork

The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought they were going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors — but did his vision ever match the company’s reality? WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”

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Ponzi Supernova

As Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme collapsed and the Wall Street financier went behind bars, he left behind a mystery. In this Audible Original series, journalist Steve Fishman, chases the question of how it happened and why, and includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff from prison, as well as interviews with law enforcement and victims. A six part series from Audible Originals.

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Who the Hell is Hamish?

He was born Hamish Watson, a surfie dude from Sydney – but he could morph into whatever you needed him to be. In early 2019 Hamish was sentenced to 16 years in jail for swindling a handful of victims out of more than $7m. But these crimes were just the final pages in a resume too thick to staple; for decades he duped victims in the US, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. How did he do it? How did he evade authorities around the world for so long and what’s he done with all those tens of millions of dollars he stole?

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