ScamWow

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House!

ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

Follow Scam Wow on Instagram and Twitter @scamwowpodcast

Follow the hosts @suesmith666 and @caitybrodnick

Baron von F**k: Clark Rockefeller w/ Anna Drezen

Saturday Night Live writer and hilarious comedian, Anna Drezen, takes a break from 30 Rock to stop by the studio and talk to us about the amazing con-artist, Clark Rockefeller. aka Christopher Chichester. aka Christian Gerhartsreiter. aka Chip Smith. This guy has had so many names. And tinted glasses, and the audacity to give David Berkowitz’s social security number on a job application! (He’s the Son of Sam.) The balls! Anna, go put this in one of your skits for SNL. Anyway, we’ve got 17 aliases, 3 hilarious comedians, and 3 dogs in the More Banana podcast studio today. (Our producer, Cait, calls it Kill Room Studios. Should we be concerned?  If we go missing, check the Kill Room!) 

 

One of the common themes we see with all of these scammers is that they have a crazy amount of gusto and confidence and people just bow down to that without verifying stuff. Indeed, a scammer is also referred to as a con artist, or con-man, which is short for “confidence man.” The deeper we get into these scams, the more we realize this to be true! It’s crazy that every subject of our podcast, every person we focus on, is super, super super confident. That’s what it takes to be a good trickster, we guess! Clark Rockefeller was so confident that he deserved to live in that lady’s house in California that he killed her kids and buried them in the backyard! Call it delusional, call it crazy, but he was, over everything else, absolutely certain that no one else would call him out on his bullshit. And that’s exactly how he got hired on Wall Street, too. He just walked down to the Financial District with a sharp jawline and a fake name and the Son of Sam’s social security number and knew that no one would question him! It’s wild.  

 

As a woman, it’s much tougher to have that kind of confidence. We’re taught to second guess ourselves,and that something isn’t happening, even when it is. That’s what gaslighting is. When you call someone out on something and they’re like, “I’m not crazy, you’re crazy and here’s why!” Oh! We forgot to tell you this. We tweeted it from our account (@scamwowpodcast), but maybe you missed it because it seems like people don’t use Twitter anymore. Anyway, the New York Post reported over the weekend that Louis C.K. gave Sarma Melngailis an STD! Can you believe?! There were some emails leaked between the two of them and, MAN, were they gaslighty! Louis C.K. was like, “I never told you I was clean. No one is truly clean in this day and age.” Which is SOME BULLSHIT because, um, YES, you absolutely CAN be clean. All you have to is get a test and it will tell you and then get your ailments treated. Oh, in case you don’t recall, Sarma is the former vegan chef and owner of One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine who was sort of brainwashed (we think) into giving all her money to a random guy and her businesses eventually folded and she ended up in a hotel room eating pizza. It was wild. We have an episode on it. 

 

Anyway, things are a trash fire. Hope you enjoy the podcast!

 

 

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Send us your scams!

scamwowpodcast@gmail.com

Or call: 347-509-9414

 

DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.

 

Bloody Scams! Theranos & MacGregor Island

We didn’t mean to get bloody and gruesome, but we couldn’t help it. First we dive into the billion dollar blood-testing company, Theranos, and get REAL personal about genetic testing. Then, we take a trip to MacGregor Island, which was made up by some Scottish guy and totally not real. Enjoy! (Oh, and btw, we do talk about politics a little in this episode, so WE WARNED YOU.)

Buy Caity’s book! Dangerous Boobies. Out now!

Here is more information about genetic counselors and how to find one near you.

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Send us your scams!

scamwowpodcast@gmail.com

Or call: 347-509-9414

DISCLAIMER: We are comedians and this is satire. C’mon.

Don’t Get Relished: Moviepass With Carolyn Bergier

Wow, wow, wow what a show! First, Sue and Caitlin receive an amazing anonymous tip from a caller who experienced personal chaos at the hands of self-help group, Life on Fire. Then, Carolyn Bergier is in the studio to talk about her relationship with MoviePass and a weird chicken pot cookware scam that burned her marriage. Fire, divorce, cookery: it’s all here!

 

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Send us your scams!
scamwowpodcast@gmail.com

Or call: 347-509-9414

Caitlin Brodnick’s Website

Sue Smith’s Website

The Vegan Pizza Fiend: One Lucky Duck w/ Allen Arthur

Sue and Caitlin are joined by criminal justice reporter Allen Arthur (USA Today, Documented, The Tennessean), who brings them delicious details about the vegan chef who was swindled out of her fortune by a cunning conman. Allen’s in-depth research uncovers the awful details in the case against Sarma Melngailis, the owner of Pure Food and Wine and One Lucky Duck. Also, she has a cute dog named Leon. Enjoy!

Follow Allen Arthur on Twitter: @LissomeLight

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Send us your scams!

scamwowpodcast@gmail.com

The Funky Internet Boys: Baby Scams w/ Adrienne Cooper

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for a tasty little baby scam. Adrienne Cooper tells us about the time she was scammed via email. If you even THINK of dark-webbing her, she’ll sic the FBI on ya. Plus, a few more yummy baby scams to complement your Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!

Find out more about Adrienne’s food tours! http://www.funfoodienyc.com/

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Scammed by Leggings & The First Feminist Gangster : LulaRoe and Marm Mandelbaum with Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick

Caitlin Brodnick and Sue Smith are obsessed with scams. Caitlin confesses she was a child con artist and Sue gets scammed by leggings! They could be getting scammed during this podcast! Who knows!?

Sue reports on the thousands of stay-at-home moms trapped into a leggings-peddling pyramid scheme. This multi level marketing scam is leaving women broke with a garages full of paper-thin leggins, unfortunate tunics, with a side of fat shaming. Caitlin shares an old-timey pick-pocketing lesson from Fredricka “Marm” Mandelbaum. Marm is considered one of America’s first feminist by helping to bing women and children out of squalor. She invented the fence scam, created the first school for thieves, and is Caitlin’s new hero.

More on the LulaRoe scam
LulaRoe Fails!
Mama Marm Mendelbaum, the Queen of Fences

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https://twitter.com/caitybrodnick
https://www.instagram.com/_morebanana/

Send us your scams!
scamwowpodcast@gmail.com

ScamWow – Nov 14th! – with Caitlin Brodnick & Sue Smith

Scammers, swindlers, and con-artists: they’re all woven into the fabric of what it means to be an American. We even live in a time where a reality TV star can scam his way into the White House!

ScamWow is the gripping podcast about infamous cons that will make you angry and awestruck at the same time. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick walk you through the best scams ever, from current events to historic mobsters, and everything in between. Above all, the podcast focuses on great storytelling, with a fascination on fraud that might be… unhealthy?

Follow Scam Wow on Instagram and Twitter  @scamwowpodcast

Follow the hosts  @suesmith666  and @caitybrodnick