April’s Mom Was Addicted
to Her Scammer

A catphisher conned April’s mom into sending him hundred of thousands of dollars.

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April’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and decided she needed to go out with a bang. On a dating site, she met a much younger man who owned a diamond mine. What followed was a form of Stockholm Syndrome or a very severe case of the sunk cost fallacy.

In this episode, we explore what happens when a scam victim becomes addicted to their scammer. After losing more than $380,000, April’s mother was in so much denial that she became a money mule for her catfish.

Additionally, we talk about T-Mobile’s most recent compromise and our new workflow on Slack, because we never get bored with companies that treat criminals to unfettered access to our most sensitive data, and employees who post passwords (or worse) on Slack.

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About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is produced by Andrew Steven and Beau Friedlander.