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“Scam Goddess is a podcast dedicated to fraud and all those who practice it! Each week host Laci Mosley (aka Scam Goddess) keeps listeners up to date on current rackets, digs deep into the latest scams, and breaks down historic hoodwinks alongside some of your favorite comedians! It's like true crime only without all the death! True fun crime!”
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Salutations Con-gregation! You know we had to bring you another solid episode to round of Black History Month and who better than the HILARIOUS Jerah Milligan! (Astronomy Club, Black Men Can't Jump) We get into some Guy Ritchie-esque lottery scamming with this one honey!    Research Sharilyn Vera   SOURCE: https://www.casino.org/news/lotto-rapist-charged-with-fraud-over-2-5-million-falsified-ticket/ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/04/edward-putnam-fake-national-lottery-ticket
What's up Con-gregation! Not gonna lie, this is one of our wildest episodes thanks to Ayo Edebiri (Sunnyside, Forbes) and dig deep into controversial tale of Linda Taylor, the Welfare Queen!   Research: Sharilyn Vera   SOURCES: https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Forgotten-Life-Behind-American/dp/031651330X https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/slate/the-queen https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/books/review/josh-levin-queen-linda-taylor.html https://newrepublic.com/article/154404/myth-welfare-queen
What's poppin' Con-gregation! We threw a couple extra fries in the bag with this one with our supersized guest Paul Scheer (The League, How Did This Get Made, Human Giant, You know who he is!) as we revisit the man who scammed the McDonald's Monopoly game for over a decade!    Research by Sharilyn Vera SOURCES:  https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-ex-cop-rigged-mcdonalds-monopoly-game-and-stole-millions?ref=scroll  https://nypost.com/2020/02/01/mcmillions-how-ex-cop-orchestrated-24-million-mcdonalds-monopoly-scam/ https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/23/trump-campaign-compete-against-groups-money-089454 
Happy Black History Month Con-gregation! We didn't change anything (I'm black all the time) but it's still a special episode when our homie Ronnie Adrian (White Women, Key & Peele) drops by! This week we explore that absolute MESS of carpet cleaning ponzi schemer, Barry Jay Minkow!   *In this ep I mention Amber Guyger got 5 years in jail. It was actually 10 years with parole eligibility at 5 my bad but hey, as long as she's locked up!      Research by Sharilyn Vera: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Minkow https://news.sky.com/story/international-money-laundering-expert-arrested-for-money-laundering-11864982
I hope you stayed schemin' this weekend Con-gregation. Unwind from the grind this week with our wonderful guest, writer Ira Madison III (Keep It!, Daybreak). This time we're uncovering the "Fraud Prince" Anthony Gignac! You know I love a luxurious lie, we stan!    Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera   https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/how-the-fake-saudi-prince-anthony-gignac-was-exposed https://nypost.com/2019/06/01/fake-saudi-prince-who-flaunted-on-instagram-sentenced-in-fraud-scheme/ https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/he-actually-believes-he-is-khalid-the-odyssey-of-a-counterfeit-saudi-prince https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/29/business/payless-fake-store/index.html 
Con-gregation! On this special edition we're in the booth with the WHOLE cast of my show Florida Girls! (Pop TV if you don't know honey!) My girls Laura Chinn, Patty Guggenheim and Melanie Field gossip about the lavish embezzlement of Texan fruitcake mogul Sandy Jenkins! This episode is brought to you by Dashlane. Research by Laci SOURCES: https://features.texasmonthly.com/editorial/just-desserts/   https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/6/21048947/whitney-young-swim-coach-principal-pool-inspector-general
What's poppin' Con-gregation? This week we're teaming up with our buddy Ryan Stanger (Action Boyz) to blow the whistle on the referee who gambled on his own games, Tim Donaghy!    SOURCES: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2008/jul/30/ussport [theguardian.com] https://usports.org/former-referee-tim-donaghy-speaks-out-about-nba-game-fixing-video/ [usports.org] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0otDAgN4OY https://www.newsday.com/sports/tim-donaghy-timeline-1.562386 [newsday.com] https://populartimelines.com/timeline/Tim-Donaghy [populartimelines.com] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_NBA_betting_scandal [en.wikipedia.org] https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/may/22/ex-nba-ref-tim-donaghy-organized-will-always-have-a-hand-in-sports [theguardian.com]
Happy New Year Con-gregation! My New Years Resolution is keep telling y'all about all the biggest scams honey! This week we're chilling with the hilarious and talented Teresa Lee (I Think She Likes You, Cracked) and diving into the boy band abuser, Lou Jay Pearlman!  This episode is brought to you by Dashlane. Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nsync-lou-pearlman-nightline-927166/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/13/lou-pearlman-was-disgraced-mogul-who-defrauded-s-boy-bands-then-came-million-ponzi-scheme/ https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/films/2008836?_ga=2.204653328.1845038090.1551958758-1351978170.1551338292 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcCRs0Ic3FI&vl=en https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Pearlman https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2019/04/05/lou-pearlman-film-reveals-how-backstreet-boys-n-sync-lost-millions/3373395002/
Happy New Year Con-gregation! Scams are all about hindsight so we got together with our good friend Oscar Montoya (Spanish Aquí, Bless The Harts) to look at our favorite scammer of the decade, habitual political line-stepper and possibly my soulmate, Mina Chang!    Research: Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1080356 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIhWGIUGboE https://www.thecut.com/2019/11/unfortunately-i-love-mina-chang-state-department-scammer.html https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyze3b/this-senior-state-department-officials-resume-was-extremely-bogus https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-mina-chang-from-state-department-career-2019-11 https://twitter.com/ksieff/status/1194342219664232454?s=20 https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/how-did-mina-chang-get-state-department-job-first-place-n1091516    This episode is brought to you by Buffy Comforters.
Season's Scammings Con-gregation! This week we're sitting around the fire with comedy legend Matt Walsh (Veep, Upright Citizens Brigade) as we sink our teeth into the most famous ponzi schemer in world history, Bernie Madoff! More like he "made off" with those billions honeyyy. Just playin', he in jail!     This episode is brought to you by Like a Boss and Atlas Coffee Club.
Salutations Congregation! We've back with our friend and noble cohort Edgar Momplaisir (Culture Kings) as we uncover the obsessive anglophile and Royal Wedding Scammer, Tommy Muscatello!  This episode is brought to you by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/scam).
How you livin' Congregation! Ya girl is back uncovering a legendary Long Island scam with our good friend Jon Gabrus! (The Gino Lambardo Show) We bilking coins and talking Harold Adamo y'all!         This episode is brought to you by Buffy Comforters (www.buffy.co code: SCAM), Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/scam), and Upstart (www.upstart.com/goddess).
What's good Con-gregation! Thanks to you Scam Goddess is catching that SHINE, scamming our way into Spotify Pick of the Year! What better to celebrate than with our hilarious friend Jonathan Braylock (Astronomy Club on Netflix December 6th!) as we uncover a legend from the birthplace of fraud, Nigeria's own Emmanuel Nwude!     Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera   SOURCES:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Nwude https://www.bosshunting.com.au/hustle/nigerian-fake-airport-scam  https://www.unilad.co.uk/life/nigerian-scammer-sold-fake-airport-for-242-million-to-international-bank/ https://www.flyertalk.com/articles/nigerian-scammer-sold-fake-airport-to-international-bank.html https://www.ladbible.com/community/interesting-emmanuel-nwude-carried-out-the-biggest-scam-in-nigeria-20180825   This episode is brought to you by Pretty Litter (www.prettylitter.com code: SCAM) and Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/scam).
We back at it, Con-gregation! This is Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci welcomes comedy’s #1 sleepy boy Andrew Ti (Mix-ish, Yo, Is This Racist?) to cover one of Silicon Valley’s finest, Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of the now defunct Theranos. Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://www.businessinsider.com/theranos-founder-ceo-elizabeth-holmes-life-story-bio-2018-4#theranoss-business-model-was-based-around-the-idea-that-it-could-run-blood-tests-using-proprietary-technology-that-required-only-a-finger-pinprick-and-a-small-amount-of-blood-holmes-said-the-tests-would-be-able-to-detect-medical-conditions-like-cancer-and-high-cholesterol-13  https://www.thecut.com/2019/03/why-doesnt-elizabeth-holmes-blink-theranos.html  https://www.thedailybeast.com/hbos-the-inventor-how-theranos-elizabeth-holmes-pulled-off-the-scam-of-the-century This episode is brought to you by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/scam).
We back at it, Con-gregation! This is Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci kicks back with comedian, writer, and podcaster James Mastraieni (Too Effin’ High, Florida Girls) to talk the curious case of the Instagram marijuana fraudster who dupes would be customers into buying weed that will never appear. Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://help.instagram.com/789164081427334?helpref=related  https://www.reddit.com/r/trees/comments/1ygw9k/a_warning_to_those_thinking_of_buying_trees/ https://hightimes.com/news/weed-scams-trending-instagram-people-falling-for-them/ https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/11/us/cannabis-planted-vermont-statehouse-trnd/index.html   This episode is brought to you by Atlas Coffee Club (www.atlascoffeeclub.com/scam).
What’s gucci, Con-gregation? Welcome back to Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci kicks it with writer, comedian Lamar Woods (It’s a Party, Single Parents) to talk the Airbnb scam & the writer who went from victim to vindicator   who undercovered all of it.  Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k7z3/nationwide-fake-host-scam-on-airbnb?utm_source=vicetwitterus&utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_858978     This episode is brought to you by Simple Health (www.simplehealth.com/SCAM) and Upstart (www.upstart.com/goddess).
How we living, Con-gregation? Welcome back to Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci chops it up with actor, comedian, & podcaster Jacquis Neal (Culture Kings, UCB). Together they discuss the curious case of the family who adopted a 9 year old Ukrianian orphan who might have secretly been a 22 year old adult.   Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://www.thecut.com/2019/10/kristina-barnett-adopted-child-real-life-orphan.html [thecut.com] https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a29205646/kristine-barnett-natalia-grace-adoption/ [elle.com] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDBTcYo-ho https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7479061/Mom-claims-Ukrainian-daughter-9-adopted-really-22-year-old-dwarfism.html [dailymail.co.uk] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7512143/Adoptive-parents-Ukrainian-girl-dwarfism-appear-court.html [dailymail.co.uk] https://nypost.com/2019/09/23/couple-claims-their-abandoned-child-is-actually-a-scam-artist-with-dwarfism/ [nypost.com] https://www.wishtv.com/news/crime-watch-8/parents-accused-of-abandoning-adopted-child-in-apartment-mom-says-its-a-scam/ [wishtv.com] https://www.insider.com/ukrainian-orphan-natalia-barnett-new-family-report-2019-9 [insider.com] https://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/michael-kristine-barnett-plead-not-guilty-in-ukranian-dwarf-adoption-case [oxygen.com] https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/clarissajanlim/natalia-grace-ukranian-adoption-orphan [buzzfeednews.com] This episode is brought to you by Dashlane (www.dashlane.com/scam code: SCAM).
What’s good, Con-gregation? Welcome back to Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci chats with comedian, writer, & podcaster Jamie Loftus (The Bechdel Cast, Robot Chicken). They dive into the many curious cons of Mark Olmsted, a man on the brink of death who became a death certificate forging, credit card stealing, insurance fraudster. Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://www.gq.com/story/the-man-who-wouldnt-die https://www.newser.com/story/275416/he-thought-hed-die-so-he-began-a-con-he-didnt-die.html     This episode is brought to you by Pretty Litter (www.prettylitter.com code: SCAM).
What’s up Con-gregation & welcome back to Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci is joined by actress, comedian, & podcaster Betsy Sodaro (We Love Trash, Disjointed) to talk Rudy Kurniawan,  a self-proclaimed "wine expert" and CON-sissuer who’s exploits duped some of high-society’s wealthiest out of millions.Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  The New Yorker - a True crime documentary about the con that shook the world of wine  Wikipedia - Rudy Kurniawan Netflix - Sour Grapes documentary Riverside student accused of hacking school computer changing grades 
Welcome back Con-gregation to Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! This week Laci is joined by actress, director, & podcaster Lauren Lapkus (Between Two Ferns: The Movie, With Special Guest..., Threedom) to cover the Hollywood scam artist/master impressionist who lured unsuspecting professionals halfway around the world before leaving them high and dry.Research Assistant: Sharilyn Vera Sources:  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/hunting-con-queen-hollywood-1125932   https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fbi-seeks-more-victims-hollywood-con-artist-marvel-executive-targeted-1137712   https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/742818984/the-story-of-a-scam-that-lured-hollywood-professionals-to-indonesia?t=1564239220681   https://www.vice.com/en_asia/article/wjvmnn/hollywood-con-queen-indonesia-scam    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49001504    https://caymannewsservice.com/2019/07/status-scammer-guilty/   https://www.caymancompass.com/2019/07/10/10-years-for-delilah-who-orchestrated-1-9-million-scam/    https://caymannewsservice.com/2016/02/scammer-took-20k-in-pr-con/     This episode is brought to you by Buffy Comforters (www.buffy.co code: SCAM) and Lola (www.mylola.com code: GODDESS).
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