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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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Chameleon - Season One Trailer
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
04:45 09/17/2020
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
48:23 10/01/2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
47:14 10/01/2020
Chapter 3: Into the Rabbit Hole
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
37:35 10/08/2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
34:51 10/15/2020
Chapter 5: Turning the Tables
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
39:15 10/22/2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
37:35 10/29/2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
38:28 11/05/2020
Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter
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
39:10 11/12/2020
Chapter 9: Inside the Walls
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
45:10 11/19/2020
Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam
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
28:17 11/26/2020
Chapter 10: Curtain Call
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
50:58 12/03/2020
Chapter 10.5: Epilogue
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
32:08 12/10/2020
Introducing Chameleon: High Rollers
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02:55 05/13/2021
Chapter 1: What Happens In Vegas
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. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early before anyone else! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
42:45 06/15/2021
Chapter 2: The Count
A Moroccan man named Michel and a wealthy man of the world named Dennis discuss business opportunities with Emile. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31:16 06/15/2021
Chapter 3: The Sting
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. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
34:48 06/22/2021
Chapter 4: Chuck and Dennis
Chuck and Dennis are good friends. Emile isn’t the first man they’ve lured into an elaborate trap. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
39:12 06/29/2021
Chapter 5: Dirty Money
Emile introduces Michel and Dennis to his friends and associates, including his girlfriend Kim and his brother Gus. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
39:56 07/06/2021
Chapter 6: Pahrump
Emile and Gus are arrested at the Las Vegas airport. They find Emile’s friend Mary at the detention facility. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:40 07/13/2021
Chapter 7: House Edge
From behind bars in the Nevada desert, Gus reaches out for help. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
44:52 07/20/2021
Chapter 8: Better Call Paul
During the sting, Emile discussed with an undercover agent a plot to hire a hitman to harm a Las Vegas lawyer. But that local lawyer may have other connections to the FBI’s case. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
39:58 07/27/2021
Chapter 9: Play the Part
Is anyone going to be punished for Operation Botox? Trevor meets Gus’s friend from jail, and Chuck Ro leaves Las Vegas. New  free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:05 08/03/2021
Chapter 10: Exiled
Emile returns to Las Vegas. His brother Gus loses everything. New free episodes every week; subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get ad-free episodes a week early. Chameleon- Season Two- High Rollers is a production of Campside Media. The show is hosted by Trevor Aaronson. Executive Producers are Vanessa Grigoriadis and Adam Hoff. Fact-Checking by Alex Yablon. Margot Williams, research. Original theme song by Mark McAdam. Sam Leeds provided production support. Project Management by Doug Slawin. 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
37:54 08/10/2021
Introducing Season Three of Chameleon: Wild Boys
In 2003, two half-starved brothers emerged from the wilderness, telling  an incredible story of survival. A small Canadian community took them  in. The only problem? The boys weren't who they said they were. Hosted  by Sam Mullins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04:55 01/11/2022
Part 1: Arrival
Two strange brothers, Will and Tom Green, blow into a small Canadian town, telling an unbelievable story about their upbringing. The community, led by a hockey Mom named Tami, rallies to help them. But the boys have a secret. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
41:01 01/25/2022
Part 2: The Skeptic
The boys are confronted by their first true skeptic — a local cop determined to verify their identities. Tami tries to shelter them from the police and prying media and urges Will to get help with his plummeting weight. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
40:16 01/25/2022
Part 3: The Journalist
Will is apprehended and forcibly hospitalised, and a journalist convinces the boys to tell their story on national TV. The interview airs, and the community finally gets their first glimpse of the boys. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
33:32 02/01/2022
Part 4: The Truth
Someone claiming to be the boys’ older brother contacts the journalist who scrambles to assemble the key players for a dramatic confrontation. The boys’ true identities surface and their elaborate deception is revealed. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
46:07 02/08/2022
Part 5: Intermission
Our story is about to take a big turn ... next week. But for now, season 1 co-host Josh Dean and Rajiv Golla, the hosts of our biweekly "Art of the Con" subscriber-only talk show sit down with Wild Boys host Sam Mullins to talk about the origins of this incredible story, and what it was like for Sam to make something in and about his hometown. New episodes of Chameleon: Wild Boys release every Tuesday for  free wherever you get your podcasts. If you’d like to get new episodes  one week early in addition to ad-free listening and our exclusive bonus  series The Art of the Con, subscribe to Chameleon: uninterrupted on  Apple podcasts. Visit the chameleon show page  on Apple Podcasts and hit “try free” to start your free trial today” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31:03 02/15/2022