Scamfluencers Comedy/Casual, Fraud & Scams, Nonviolent, Wondery

Hosted By: Scaachi Koul & Sarah Hagi
Produced By: Wondery

Scamfluencers is a true crime podcast that tells the stories of some of the most insidious scammers in the world. The hosts, Sarah Hagi and Scaachi Koul, investigate how these scammers use social media and other platforms to lure their victims in, and they explore the psychology of why people fall for these scams.

Scamfluencers Podcast Host:

Sarah Hagi is a Toronto based writer at Gawker, culture journalist, and critic. Her work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, The New Yorker, Vice, The Cut, The New York Times, and other publications.

Scaachi Koul is a Senior Culture Writer at BuzzFeed News, and the author of One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter. In 2019, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the Netflix series, Follow This. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and This American Life.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Humor and Chemistry of Hosts: Sarah Hagi and Scaachi Koul have a great sense of humor, and they use it to make the podcast both informative and entertaining. They often inject humor into the stories, which helps to keep the listener engaged.
  • Well-researched: The stories that are told on Scamfluencers are fascinating and incredibly well-researched. The hosts do a great job of digging up the details of each scam, and they often interview the victims of the scams. This gives the listener a first-hand account of what it’s like to be scammed, and it helps to make the stories even more compelling.
  • Exploration of Human Psychology: The podcast provides valuable insights into the psychology of scammers and their victims. The hosts talk about why people fall for scams, and they explain how scammers are able to manipulate their victims. This information is not only interesting, but it can also help people to protect themselves from being scammed.
  • Educational: Scamfluencers has been a great way for listeners to learn about the different types of scams that exist, and it can help you to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Biased Perspective: Some listeners may feel that the podcast portrays influencers and the influencer culture in an excessively negative light, without exploring the positive aspects or acknowledging the diversity within the industry.
  • Sensationalism: Listeners could argue that the podcast exaggerates or sensationalizes certain stories or incidents to create more drama, potentially sacrificing accuracy or fairness in the process.
  • Overemphasis on Personal Attacks: There may be concerns that the podcast leans too heavily into personal attacks on individual influencers, rather than focusing on systemic issues or broader cultural phenomena.

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