Sara Ganim and Karen Given Have
No Affinity for Coco Berthmann

Two award-winning journalists explore a scammer’s troubled mind and dubious claims and introduce us to affinity scams.

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Scams often lean on sob stories, and then there’s social media star Coco Berthmann’s flimflam pity fest as chronicled in the new podcast, “Believable.” 

Was this attractive influencer a survivor of sex trafficking at the hands of her mom, a serial victim, Mormon convert, cancer patient, or she was just a liar and a fraud? Pulitzer Prize-winner Sara Ganim and Peabody award-winning producer Karen Given join us this week to give us a tour of Coco’s world where speculation about mental illness and well-designed fraud make strange bedfellows. 

This week’s Tin Foil Swan explores the hidden cost of scams, even when they’re unsuccessful: Time.

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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.

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