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Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen

Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen

Author: Campside Media

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For the past 6 years, someone — or some group — has been terrorizing a certain class of Hollywood workers. Strivers — day players and physical trainers and make-up artists and security guards — receive a phone call or email offering the job of a lifetime. A key role on a major film, or TV show. This offer comes from a powerful woman — one of the biggest producers or studio executives in the industry. All these strivers have to do is get on a plane, for Jakarta, immediately. But when they land, there is no producer. There is no movie. It’s all a fraud. This is the incredible true story of one the longest and strangest cons in history. Tag along as two long-time journalists untangle the story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and embark upon an obsessive quest to figure out who’s behind it.
12 Episodes
The incredible true story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and the hunt for the sick mastermind behind it. With Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. A production of Campside Media.
Chapter 1: The Hook

Chapter 1: The Hook


Eddie, an aspiring film industry trainer, gets a  call from a powerful producer offering him the opportunity of a lifetime  -- a major film project, in Indonesia. But when Eddie gets to Jakarta,  there is no movie. And after some friends back home do a little sleuthing, Eddie realizes that he's been pulled into something far bigger than just a little scam.
Chapter 2: Heather

Chapter 2: Heather


Eddie wasn't the first person to fall into this fake movie trap. Not even close. Two years before Eddie got  that call, Heather, a make-up artist in London, heard from a different  producer, about a different movie, also in Indonesia. But Heather's trip  was far more harrowing. She feared for her life. And her story pulls us deeper into the tangled web of the Hollywood Con Queen scam.
The Hollywood Con Queen scam is far bigger and more complicated than anyone recognized. Each victim seems to lead to five more victims, and the more Josh and Vanessa unpack this baffling con, the weirder things get.
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse

Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse


Nicole, the private investigator, joins us inside the rabbit hole, and begins to chip away at some of the scammer's defenses. That work also uncovers one incredible secret.
The scam has a whole other set of victims — the female producers and studio execs who had their names and reputations damaged by the Con Queen. Josh goes to visit Deb Snyder, one of the biggest film producers in Hollywood, and finds that she has some very interesting things to share about our scammer.
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Chapter 6: Day Player

Chapter 6: Day Player


Just when you thought the Con Queen scam couldn't get any more mind-boggling, a new twist emerges — one that makes the depravity of this scammer abundantly clear.
Chapter 7: Ghosted

Chapter 7: Ghosted


With no sign of the case being resolved, and the Con Queen very much still racking up victims, the team decides to go hunting for this elusive scammer.
The hunt for the scammer continues, and frustration is at an all-time-high -- until our team gets the big break it's been looking for.
At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity.
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Comments (10)


Jesus, this is getting so exciting. My jaws are on the floor. Been there since Episode 1. I wish we could see Con Queen's blurry passport photo!

Nov 13th

Celia Maurice

who is the composer at the start of the podcast? sounds like 'Succession'

Nov 6th


The exit music is horrible.

Nov 2nd


Eww. Hollywood catfish & fraud discussed in Chameleon is freaking sick. I hope they catch this MFer!

Oct 29th

Zach Bartels

Missed opportunity: upon revealing this was the work of “one mastermind,” not replaying “THE MASTER…”

Oct 15th


This is a fascinating podcast on an international scam involving all aspects of Hollywood/movie industry that has been ongoing for at least 6-7 years

Oct 10th


3 eps in and I'm hooked! Fast paced, well presented, very few ads, and a scam that has been running for at least 6 years with hundreds of victims from all over the world. Listen and catch up now, it's shaping up to be a wild ride. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Oct 9th

Paul Almond

Hmm... Heidi Linsen, Sarah Larson; could these commenters actually be the same person?! ;) Solid first 3 episodes, crazy story well told, decent production, light on ads, give this show a go!

Oct 8th

Sarah Larson

This is terrifying.

Oct 6th

Heidi Linsén

Sounds like Sherry Pie.

Oct 3rd
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