Scammer Stories

Scammer Stories

Scammers are targeting you and your loved ones. I know all too well. My mother spent $350,000 on a man she believed was her soulmate right before her death. The only way we can fight back is to arm ourselves with information. Scammer Warriors unite! These stories are from victims and their families. The details are so shocking that they're hard to believe.

Episodes

January 16, 2024 25 mins

The financial industry is a tough nut to crack for people like us when it comes to romance scams.  This is a rare interview with April Devalkenaere, a former law enforcement officer, who now fights financial crimes in court.  She talks about what the direction financial institutions are going to help put an end to scams… especially with the older population.

Click HERE to contact April about your loved one.

Click HERE to do...

Mark as Played

Donna Hayes has quite the story before her scam even got started.  Hayes grew up in poverty in Jamaica and was able to make it to America and make her dreams come true. She thought she met the man of her dreams who ended up stealing from her. However, she was able to actually get SOME of the money back and write a book about her experience.

Click HERE for a link to buy her book These Broken Roads: Scammed and Vindicated, O...

Mark as Played
September 25, 2023 27 mins

Therapist Cathy Wilson, with Life Path Counseling, shares similarities between judging a romance scam victim and the victim of domestic abuse. Wilson says victims can be revictimized by harsh questions. 

Click HERE for the resources Cathy has created, including her book Emotional Impact of Being Scammed and How to Recover. 

***Please consider a one  time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps!  Send donations to https:/...

Mark as Played

As many of you know, my mother lost $350,000 in a romance scam while she was battling ovarian cancer. She asked me for $200 to pay a "doctor bill." I knew where the money was going, so I told her I would send her the money if she gave me an interview. She died days later.
***Please consider a one-time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps! 
Send donations to https://paypal.me/Scamfighter.

Mark as Played

FINALLY! I've been trying to interview a banking expert for years... and crickets. "Michelle" works for a major bank in the U.S. and the U.K.  She answers so many questions that I've had for years.
***Please consider a one  time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps!  Send donations to https://paypal.me/Scamfighter

Mark as Played

Rory MacLeod was off living his best life overseas when he came home for a surprise Christmas trip and found himself in the middle of a nightmare. His mother was a successful therapist for couples. He never thought she would be the victim of a romance scam of any kind... let alone one of this magnitude.  

***Please consider a one  time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps!  Send donations to https://paypal....

Mark as Played

Jeff had the unimaginable task of facing his mother in court so he could save her. Even after that, he had to chase his mother’s scam all over the place. He talked to bank branch managers, lawyers, doctors, credit card representatives and FedEx workers.

***Please consider a one  time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps!  Send donations to https://paypal.me/Scamfighter

Mark as Played

Jeff’s world was turned upside down when he figured out that his mother was involved with a romance scammer. To top it off, his dad was still married to his mom.

***Please consider a one  time donation to keep this podcast going. Every bit helps!  Send donations to https://paypal.me/Scamfighter



Mark as Played

The cards are stacked against this woman who thought she fell in love with a professional poker player. The justice system has failed her... and other women like her. Investigators believe she gave her money away. There is no crime here right? You decide.
***Please consider a one time donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypal.me/Scamfighter

Mark as Played

Ever since my mother died, I wondered what would have happened if I would have demanded a financial conservatorship. How do you get one? Do you need a lawyer? Does it work? In this episode, we find out what it does to a victim who is in deep with her scumbag scammer.

***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypal.me/Scamfighter.

Mark as Played

According to the Federal Trade Commission, a growing trend in scammers involves
 cryptocurrency. Do you know how to spot it? The scam is complicated and growing. The only way to arm everyone against this scam is to educate ourselves. This episode addresses everything you need to know about a cryptocurrency scam.  Are you being scammed? Email me at scammerstoriespodcast.com.

More information from the FTC in the link be...

Mark as Played

A very organized, and dangerous, group out of Nigeria nearly ruined a successful career for an interior architect. The victim is still trying to dig herself out of the hole, but is grateful to survive.


Click HERE for more on the book “Who Is The Real Man Behind The Screen?” by Diana Garren

***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https...

Mark as Played

“Jenny” is trying to protect both her mother AND father from losing everything. She went through her mother’s messages and told her father. She even called police,  the bank and the cell phone store workers at the mall. She's a good daughter with a lot to  share for the rest of us.

***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypa...

Mark as Played

Daniel Harrold and I both went through painful divorces. We both quickly discovered that scammers are out there. His pictures were used... my mom was used. In this episode, we talk scams and how to successfully date online.
If you are struggling to find a companion, it's ok. Most people are not happy with their dating life Here's the thing. You need a community and it's here. Click on the link below.

Mark as Played

Kaitlyn’s mother is now living in a trailer after losing her home in a romance scam. It started after the death of her father two years ago. Her mother was lonely during the pandemic, lost her husband and is now in denial. 

***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypal.me/Scamfighter.

Mark as Played

Nothing is better than a puppy when you're feeling alone. Right?  I've been there. I was so lonely after a horrific divorce that I would have done anything to get my dog. And I did. Teeny and I have now been together for about 13 years, but the rescue group wasn't all about it at first. What if it was a scam? I wanted her so badly.

***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's j...

Mark as Played

Finding a counselor who specialized in romance scams was nearly possible... until now. Therapist Cathy Wilson, of Littleton, Colorado, realized there was a huge need and jumped into the challenge with both feet. Wilson takes victims through how they can begin to heal so they can find love again AND how family members can get over the anger.

Here's how to find her book The Emotional Impact of Being Scammed and How to ...

Mark as Played

Dorothy worked at a secure military base, and had been educated on scams, when her world was turned upside down by a scumbag. Many romance scam victims are embarrassed to come forward. Even though some of her family members won't speak to her after the scam, Dorothy was brave enough to write a book about her story. The book is called Scammed in America by Dorothy Harding.


Buy the book HERE!

***Please con...

Mark as Played

Chloe says she started seeing a counselor who referred her to sex anonymous and other groups to get over her scammer. The first night we spoke she had just blocked her scammer for the 16th time.
***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypal.me/Scamfighter.

Mark as Played

Family members of a romance scam victim stage an intervention. It worked, but that's not the only thing they tried. Loved ones need to take multiple approaches to get through to a victim.
***Please consider a onetime donation to keep this podcast going. It's just me and it's expensive.  Send donations https://paypal.me/Scamfighter.

Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    BG2Pod with Brad Gerstner and Bill Gurley

    Open Source bi-weekly conversation with Brad Gerstner (@altcap) & Bill Gurley (@bgurley) on all things tech, markets, investing & capitalism

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    The Breakfast Club

    The World's Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club, With DJ Envy, Jess Hilarious And Charlamagne Tha God!

Advertise With Us
Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

Connect

© 2024 iHeartMedia, Inc.