Fraudsters

Fraudsters is an all-you-can-eat buffet of liars, cheaters, and scammers. We cover every flavor of fraud you can imagine from fake psychic hotlines to corporations cookin’ the books. This podcast is a collaboration between Zerocool Media and the Last Podcast Network. Hosted by Seena Ghaznavi and Justin Williams. Produced by Hazel Bryan. Theme music by Simon TaufiQue. Find us on Instagram or Twitter @FraudstersLPN Email us with your thoughts at Fraudsterslpn@gmail.com

21:52:08 2022-05-17
Continuing on our Race Hustlers series, we now turn to the Shaun King – a social media hustler like no other. Well actually, like every other. But with a thinner mustache. In this first episode, we're looking at his rise to name recognition and early f...
22:03:04 2022-05-10
It's the final chapter of our Seagal series and we're looking at the last 15 years of Steven Seagal's human life (he's a god now). He's moved on from appropriating Black music to oppressing Black people in the A&E copaganda classic– 'Steven Seagal: Lawm...
21:50:45 2022-05-03
In part II of our Race Hustlers series, we're still on Steven Seagal, but this time we're looking at the 90s and early 2000s when his star begins to fade: his movies are getting worse, his music is getting started, and his accents are varied. Thank you t...
23:05:36 2022-04-26
Our Race Hustlers series is devoted to Fraudsters who appropriate various identities for their own financial gain. In this case, our Fraudster is Steven Seagal and his identities are kaleidoscopic–he's "basically Japanese," a CIA agent, a  Navy Seal, a...
22:15:38 2022-04-19
Is your loved one spending too much time on crypto subreddits? Are they explaining their investment strategies in acronyms and animals? Do they think an animated monkey with an earring and a cheeseburger is worth thousands? If someone you love has gotten...
21:55:21 2022-04-12
Club promoters are usually a little skeezy, but wait until you hear about those for BitConnect. In part II of our BitConnect series, we're talking about the few at the top of the scheme who made out big by lying a bunch. 
21:52:25 2022-04-05
 BitConnect was at one point the 13th largest cryptocurrency in the world. The elusive founders boasted a "trading bot" that promised  40% interest per month with "no risk." They even claimed to make money off of the volatility of BitCoin. If that sound...
22:10:21 2022-03-29
On part II of our series on Nicole Daedone and OneTaste, we talk to sex therapist Dr. Jordan  all about the business of orgasmic meditation and where and how it went wrong. Special thanks to Dr. Jordan Soper for consulting in this episode. ...
21:47:54 2022-03-22
This is the story of Nicole Daedone and OneTaste - a company that she claimed would begin a sexual revolution of sorts and make orgasmic meditation as commonplace as yoga. In part I, we look at where this practice came from and how it worked.Special thank...
21:52:56 2022-03-15
Today, we take a break from our regular programming to bring you 54 minutes on the most famous parents in the college admissions scandal. 
21:58:08 2022-03-08
Like the rest of the digitally engaged world, we at Fraudsters love to talk about Anna Sorokin–the rich socialite impersonator who nearly conned millions from banks and cheated luxury hotels. Last season, we spoke to Emily Palmer, a journalist who cover...
22:08:19 2022-03-01
On today's episode, we're talking to journalist Emily Palmer about where Anna Sorokin is now, if she's reformed, and of course about the Shonda Rhimes Netflix hit "Inventing Anna." 
22:17:44 2022-02-15
The last episode of our series on Rick Singer and the College Admissions Scandal. 
22:03:29 2022-02-08
Part II of our series on Rick Singer.
21:37:10 2022-02-01
Part 1 in our series on Rick Singer and the College Admissions Scandal covers the rise of Rick – his misfit childhood, his tyrannical sports coaching days, and all that led up to his college counseling empire. 
22:12:46 2021-04-22
In part IV of our series on Enron, we reflect on the culture at a company that did so much damage. We wrap out this series as well as the season by talking to the incomparable Sherron Watkins - the whistleblower at Enron who brought the whole house of car...
22:17:46 2021-04-15
In today's episode we dig deeper into that California energy crisis and outline Enron's side hustle - broadband.Special thanks to Collin Whitehead, a former Real-Time Trader in Enron's Portland office, for speaking to us for this episode. ...
21:54:22 2021-04-08
In Part II of our final series of the season, we show how a few inordinately bad actors and weak regulation lead to state-wide rolling blackouts and surging energy costs. Special thanks to Harvey Rosenfield, founder of Consumer Watchdog, for walking us th...
21:58:58 2021-04-01
20 years ago one of the largest corporations in the U.S - an energy trading corp. that boasted 750% annual growth – went down in flames. In 24 days it went from the pride of Houston to a stain on the country - pulling millions out of the economy, devast...
21:45:44 2021-03-25
Once upon a time there was a Scottish guy who failed up so hard that he got knighted. Then he sold boat rides to an island civilization populated only by malaria-carrying mosquitos. And because it was a long time ago and no one had phones, he got away wit...
21:51:06 2021-03-18
Today we're diving into Wirecard, a fictitious and spurious payment processing company out of Germany. We ask tough questions like "why do all fraudsters wear black turtlenecks?" and "is Kraftwerk just robots?"Huge thanks to NYT reporter Christopher Schue...
21:55:31 2021-03-11
For part II of our mini-series on Ruja Ignatova and OneCoin, we are joined by the amazing Jen McAdam, who founded a support group for victims of OneCoin after herself being defrauded of several thousands of dollars. Jen's story is so compelling that the r...
21:28:01 2021-02-25
This week Seena and Justin take a trip back-in-time to the late 1800s to find the origin of the phrase "if you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you" and who was the person the media called, the Queen of Swindlers. Big thanks to author Tori Telfe...
21:47:49 2021-02-18
You've heard of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Rudy Giuliani, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Rupert Murdoch, and Trump but have you heard of Steven Hoffenberg? This man was involved in so much insidious shit his defense of himself was insisting that he ...
21:41:24 2021-02-11
Happy Valentines Day! Today we're talking RoMaNcE fRaUd 😍
21:55:54 2021-02-04
This is our last installment of our Race Hustlers series. If you haven't heard of the Freedman's Bank, you need to listen to this episode.Special thanks to Mehrsa Baradaran for writing The Color of Money.
22:27:58 2021-01-28
We all remember the day Rachel Dolezal broke the internet in 2015, but at this point is it even surprising when we hear about a white lady pretending to be Black or Puerto Rican or Spanish? What drives a person to lie about something as fundamental as the...
22:03:16 2021-01-21
Last week we looked at the claims and credentials of Dr. Umar Johnson–the Prince of Pan-Afrikanism, Frederick Douglass' great grand cousin, and blood relative of Ramses the II (according to a spiritual medium), etcetera, etcetera. Today we reflect on hi...
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