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AARP’s weekly podcast The Perfect ScamSM tells the stories of people who find themselves the target of a scam. Host Bob Sullivan introduces listeners to those who have experienced scams firsthand, as well as professional con artists and leading experts who pull back the curtain on how scammers operate. 

The Perfect ScamSM is a project of the AARP Fraud Watch Network, which equips consumers like you with the knowledge to give you power over scams.

Scammers Posing as U.S. Government Target Virginia Woman

Cyber thieves claim Mary's identity was stolen in an effort to steal money from her

Retiree Enlists Help to Get Stolen Property Back

In part 2 of this podcast, Shirley Gibson fights back against the crooks who stole her property

Historic Miami Neighborhood Targeted in Real Estate Scam

Shirley Gibson discovers her property has been sold without her knowledge

Pet Scammers Falsely Sell Puppies Online

Fraudsters sent buyers to a woman's house to pick up the pets

Fraud Victim Learns the Truth About Her Boyfriend

In part two of this episode, Whitney learns Greg is not the wealthy oil executive he claims to be

Oil Tycoon Con Artist Steals More Than Hearts

One woman becomes suspicious after money from her bank account goes missing

One Daughter’s Fight Against Charity Fraud

A caregiver discovers questionable charities are targeting her parents for their money

Fans Targeted for Thousands at a Get-Rich-Quick Seminar

Journalist Dave Lieber helped to expose unethical practices of Zurixx LLC, a seminar company

Fraud Victim Helps Catch Romance Scammers

In part 2 of this podcast, Isabella teams up with officials to take down Robert Asante for his crimes

Con Man Targets Widow in Online Dating Scam

In part 1 of this podcast, Isabella sends $100k to 'Michael' before realizing she's been deceived

The Perfect Scam Celebrates 100 Episodes

Host Bob Sullivan and special guest Amy Nofziger revisit popular episodes


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About the Fraud Watch Network

Whether you have been personally affected by scams or fraud or are interested in learning more, the AARP Fraud Watch Network advocates on your behalf and equips you with the knowledge you need to feel more informed and confidently spot and avoid scams.

   

   

     

Fraud Expert

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Bob Sullivan is an independent journalist and the author of five books, including New York Times Best Sellers, Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off! He spent nearly two decades working at MSNBC.com and NBC News, where he created and wrote the popular Red Tape Chronicles blog, covering cybercrime, privacy, and other consumer issues. He has won a Peabody Award, a Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award, and a Consumer Federation of America Consumer Media Service Award. He was the host of Breach, a podcast about history's biggest hacks, and So, Bob? a podcast about the unintended consequences of technology. He now writes The Red Tape Chronicles column at RedTape.Substack.com and can be reached at BobSullivan.net