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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.

Inside the World of a Scam-Busting YouTuber

Scammer Playback shares stories and advice to help listeners avoid scams

Scams, Magic and the Art of Deception With Alexis Conran

Bob Sullivan talks with Alexis Conran, host of the show 'The Real Hustle'

Family Fights to Disentangle Loved One From a Scam

In part 2, cancer patient Matthew fears arrest. His family steps in to save him

Scammers Target Brain Cancer Patient

In part 1, Mathew searches online for relief from a fatal illness, but finds crooks instead

Investment Funds Finance a Lavish Lifestyle

In part 2, investors learn what Dominion Investment Group has been doing with their missing money

Radio Host Steals Millions in Retirement Funds

In part 1, when the FBI questions Daryl Bank’s investment group, clients realize something is up

Therin Miller Helps FBI Take Down His Business Partners

In part 3 of this podcast, Miller becomes an FBI informant to prevent an elaborate loan fraud scheme

A Luxury-Car Venture Becomes a Nightmare

In part 2 of this podcast, Therin Miller uncovers other crimes connected to Brent Holloway

National Guardsman Is Lured Into a Luxury Car Crime Ring

In part 1 of this podcast, Therin Miller details how a search for a roommate led to a Russian crime gang

Father Fails to Believe He is a Victim of a Lottery Scam

In part 2 of this podcast, Brad learns his father is now being used as a money mule

Lottery Victim Turns Money  Mule, Part 1

In part 1 of this podcast, Brad learns that his father, has sent thousands to criminals

Con Artist Steals Oregon Woman’s Property

Janet wants to donate her land to charity but soon learns the foundation for disabled veterans is a scam

Fraudsters Hijack Instagram Account to Steal Money From Followers

Impostors hack Tim's social media account and use it to con his friends


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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