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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 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.

YouTube Star Kitboga Fights Fraud With Humor

YouTube star Kitboga delights his 3.3 million followers with his many characters and laughs at the expense of online criminals. Bob sits down with him for a humorous and enlightening conversation.

SIM Swapping: A Multimillion Dollar Scam

The media dubs a 15-year-old "Baby Al Capone" after he steals millions from Michael Terpin's cryptocurrency wallets

Holiday Scams: What to Look Out For This Season

In this bonus episode, Bob sits down with AARP’s Amy Nofziger to discuss the most prevalent scams targeting consumers throughout the holiday season and what to be on the lookout for.

Phone Scams and the Human Trafficking Connection

There could be something far more sinister behind the common scam calls we all receive. Many scammers are human trafficking victims who are lured to Southeast Asia and locked up in prison-like compounds.

A Veteran Rebuilds His Life After a Scam Takes Everything

David’s online friendship with a woman in the Philippines leads to the loss of his home, his business and his friends, but he finds healing through helping others.

Criminals Deceive Search Engines With Fake Results

When Marcia needs help with her Amazon order, a search for the company’s customer service number goes very wrong. Criminals deceive search engines, presenting consumers with fake results that look very real.

AI, Voice Cloning and Scams: What You Should Know

In this special episode, we learn how criminals are using artificial intelligence to their advantage and what to look out for. We use examples with Bob’s own voice to show how it’s being done.

Psychic Mail Fraud Scheme Enabled by One of the Word's Largest Data Firms

Bob checks in with USPIS Inspector Clayton Gerber for an update on the Maria Duval psychic impostor mail scam and learns the role Epsilon, one of the world’s largest data firms, played in the scheme.

Dog Hospice Targeted by Fake Bank Texts

Caring for ailing dogs is a passion for Helen, but her nonprofit dog hospice is threatened when she receives a message from her bank that turns out to be a sophisticated bank impersonation fraud.

Honolulu’s Power Couple Caught: Mortgage Scam, Part 2

An unusual court case reveals that Katherine Kealoha’s affluent lifestyle is fueled by a reverse mortgage on her family’s home, and her husband, Louis, is using his power as police chief to hide the crime.

Couple Masterminds a Reverse Mortgage Scheme

Katherine and Louis Kealoha live a lavish lifestyle in an upscale neighborhood in Honolulu. But the strange case of a stolen mailbox exposes their secrets and a terrible case of family financial fraud.

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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 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