Shreya Datta’s Crush Creeps Off
with $450,000

Pig Butchering is on the rise, but do you even know what it is? This episode brings the goods with an unforgettable example.

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We’ve been hearing a lot about pig butchering, but hadn’t found a great example until we lucked onto Shreya Datta’s story. In this episode we learn about pig butchering from Shreya who was swindled out of more than $450,000 through an elaborate investment scheme where she won like crazy until she lost everything.

Many of these pig butchering scams revolve around a kind of charisma bombing hitched to a con where the illusion of money multiplying emboldens the target to make riskier bets. Often based solidly in the storied tradition of romance scams, pig butchering operates in equal parts on bogusly earned trust and good old-fashioned, early-retirement dreams of serious lucre.

Find out how the scam that got Shreya worked, and what you can do to avoid a similar outcome.

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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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