Charlie Webster hosts the hit podcast “Scamanda,” which takes us on a dark journey of discovery with a young woman who pretended to have cancer to bilk Good Samaritans on GoFundMe. Listen to hear the kinds of scams you can find on all crowd-sourced micro-donation sites and how to avoid them.
Unlike many fundraising grifts, Amanda Riley’s story went well beyond the garden variety online crime and deception native to micro-donation scams. Community fund-raising, appearance at megachurches, and a wildly popular blog detailing her “condition” and treatment all played a part in this fascinating look at message mules (that’s us) and the monsters behind them.
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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 executive produced by Adam Levin and Beau Friedlander and produced by Andrew Steven and Travis Taylor.