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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.

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

'The Original Internet Godfather' on How to Stay Safe from Scammers

Brett Johnson and Bob Sullivan discuss cryptocurrency, gift card fraud and more

Virtual Kidnappers Con Woman Into Traveling to Mexico

Charlotte Robinette receives a phone call demanding she send money to save her daughter

How a Widow Overcame a Devestating Romance Scam

In part 2 of this podcast, Kate realizes her "fiancee" is a fraud and opens up to family about the ordeal

Whirlwind Romance Wipes Out Widow’s Wealth

Widow loses thousands to in an overseas online romance scam

How One Man Fought Back Against His Abusive Caregiver

In part two of this podcast, Steve Steele wages a legal fight for his homes

Housekeeper Turned Caregiver Steals Homes

Steve Steele battles to save his life and finances in a case of elder abuse

Federal Officials Lure Scammers to the U.S.

In part two of this podcast, Mike and Alan devise a scheme that leads to the fraudsters' arrests

Rookie FBI Agent Turns Tables on International Scammers

How two men team up to take down fraudsters overseas

Crooks Threaten Mother's Safety in Virtual-Kidnapping Scam

Jeremy Vincent is awakened by a call believed to be a loved one, and instead gets the scare of a lifetime

How a Dream Vacation House Evaporated

Melany Robinson loses almost $20k in an elaborate vacation rental scam

Hacker Uses Skills to Take Down a Phone Scam Operation

'Jim Browning' fights to save potential victims from cyber schemes

Mother Goes Missing in Gift Card Payment Scam

Scammers convince Judy she needs to send $15k in gift cards to avoid arrest

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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 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 and can be reached at