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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.

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 1: The Hook

Chapter 1: The Hook

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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 2: Heather

Chapter 2: Heather

2020-10-0146:0930

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse

Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse

2020-10-1533:3419

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Chapter 6: Day Player

Chapter 6: Day Player

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 7: Ghosted

Chapter 7: Ghosted

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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What makes con artists tick. In this special episode, we speak with author/journalist Maria Konnikova and psychoanalyst Alexander Stein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 10: Curtain Call

Chapter 10: Curtain Call

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Friends, classmates, even prison officials help us assemble a story of the Con Queen suspect that goes all the way back to his childhood. Chameleon has been a production of Campside Media Chameleon was developed, created, and written by Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. The Executive Producer is Mark McAdam. The Associate Producer is Abukar Adan. Fact checking by Callie Hitchcock Editorial support by Doug Slawin, Natalia Winkelman, Rod Sherwood, and Ashleyanne Krigbaum. Our technical consultant and disinfo specialist is Ben Decker, of Memetica. Our theme song is “Bad Checks” by Houses. Sound design and additional music by Mark McAdam. Our Consulting Producers are Andy Horwitz at Atlas Entertainment and Charles Mastropietro, at Circle of Confusion The Executive Producers at Campside Media are Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Adam Hoff, and Matt Shaer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chapter 10.5: Epilogue

Chapter 10.5: Epilogue

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An update on the arrest, plus two voices from Gobind's distant past speak up to help us understand this mysterious man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (28)

Lin

With every twist and turn this story gets stranger and stranger. The number of victims is staggering and the conclusion was definitely a surprise. If it wasn't so obviously true it would be basically unbelievable.

Apr 24th
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john john

the orchestrator of this scam must love this podcast haha

Apr 7th
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Debaloo

Awesome!! This was very well done. There is something seriously wrong the Con Queen to prey on another's dreams like this.

Feb 12th
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Br0wnie

Perhaps it is just me, but I see a damaged person in the Con Queen inflicting damage and toxicity on others. So gross to be a person behaving as him, but I do hope he and his "partners" are locked up for life.

Jan 7th
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Dianne Porter

very interesting and well done!

Jan 2nd
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Shan Farrar

I binge listened to this after It was recommended by Hollywood Crime Scene. What a wild story.. Its unfortunate that people like this exist.

Jan 1st
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Br0wnie

What an amazing #active #TrueCrime podcast!!!! Oh snap!!! That end!

Jan 1st
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Heidi M. Fanning

That ENDING! BRILLIANT!

Dec 24th
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Siri

What an amazing ending...needs a mic drop. I think as an avid true crime podcast listener, this was perhaps the first podcast with an active investigation and what a satisfying ending. Thank you for a great podcast.

Dec 4th
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Rob Claypool

him they she whatever he identifies as it don't fucking matter. that person is garbage and probably is alone

Dec 4th
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Henri Chinaski

Arrested!

Dec 3rd
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Siri

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
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Celia Maurice

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

Nov 6th
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April

The exit music is horrible.

Nov 2nd
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Br0wnie

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

Oct 29th
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Zach Bartels

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

Oct 15th
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Br0wnie

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
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Lin

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
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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
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Sarah Larson

This is terrifying.

Oct 6th
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