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Chameleon: Scam Likely

When a small team of government investigators learns that ordinary citizens all around the U.S. are losing their life savings to scam callers, they go on the hunt for the shadowy multinational mob behind the con. Hosted by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.Subscribe to The Binge to get all episodes of Chameleon: Scam Likely ad-free right now. Click ‘try free’ at the top of the Chameleon: Scam Likely show page on Apple Podcasts to start your free trial or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you get your podcasts. A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

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When a small team of government investigators learns that ordinary citizens all around the U.S. are losing their life savings to scam callers, they go on the hunt for the shadowy multinational mob behind the con. Hosted by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.Subscribe to The Binge to get all episodes of Chameleon: Scam Likely ad-free right now. Click ‘try free’ at the top of the Chameleon: Scam Likely show page on Apple Podcasts to start your free trial or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you get your podcasts. A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

Chameleon - Season One Trailer

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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.

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Sep 17 2020

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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. 

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Oct 01 2020

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Chapter 2: Heather

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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.

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Oct 01 2020

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Chapter 3: Into the Rabbit Hole

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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.

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Oct 08 2020

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Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse

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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.

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Oct 15 2020

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Chapter 5: Turning the Tables

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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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Oct 22 2020

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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.

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Oct 29 2020

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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.

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Nov 05 2020

38mins

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Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter

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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.

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Nov 12 2020

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Chapter 9: Inside the Walls

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At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity.

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Nov 19 2020

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Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam

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What makes con artists tick. In this special episode, we speak with author/journalist Maria Konnikova and psychoanalyst Alexander Stein.

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Nov 26 2020

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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.

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Dec 03 2020

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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.

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Dec 10 2020

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Introducing Chameleon: High Rollers

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The stranger-than-fiction tale of a two-year FBI undercover sting in Las  Vegas that went bust, with no one convicted of crimes. Hosted by Trevor  Aaronson. A production of Campside Media.

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May 13 2021

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Chapter 1: What Happens In Vegas

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Emile Bouari, owner of a diet clinic, is out there hustling, trying to win in the city of sin. But he’s no stranger to the FBI.

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Jun 15 2021

42mins

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Chapter 2: The Count

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A Moroccan man named Michel and a wealthy man of the world named Dennis discuss business opportunities with Emile.

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Jun 15 2021

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Chapter 3: The Sting

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Michel and Dennis are bringing piles of cash to Emile’s weight loss clinic. But the two aren’t the wealthy businessmen they appear to be.

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Jun 22 2021

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Chapter 4: Chuck and Dennis

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Chuck and Dennis are good friends. Emile isn’t the first man they’ve lured into an elaborate trap.

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Jun 29 2021

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Chapter 5: Dirty Money

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Emile introduces Michel and Dennis to his friends and associates, including his girlfriend Kim and his brother Gus.

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Jul 06 2021

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Chapter 6: Pahrump

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Emile and Gus are arrested at the Las Vegas airport. They find Emile’s friend Mary at the detention facility.

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Jul 13 2021

43mins

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