Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen

By Campside Media

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 Oct 13, 2020

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For the past 6 years, someone — or some group — has been terrorizing a certain class of Hollywood workers. Strivers — day players and physical trainers and make-up artists and security guards — receive a phone call or email offering the job of a lifetime. A key role on a major film, or TV show. This offer comes from a powerful woman — one of the biggest producers or studio executives in the industry. All these strivers have to do is get on a plane, for Jakarta, immediately. But when they land, there is no producer. There is no movie. It’s all a fraud. This is the incredible true story of one the longest and strangest cons in history. Tag along as two long-time journalists untangle the story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and embark upon an obsessive quest to figure out who’s behind it.

Episode Date
Chapter 10.5: Epilogue
1928
An update on the arrest, plus two voices from Gobind's distant past speak up to help us understand this mysterious man.
Dec 10, 2020
Chapter 10: Curtain Call
3058
Friends, classmates, even prison officials help us assemble a story of the Con Queen suspect that goes all the way back to his childhood. Chameleon has been a production of Campside Media Chameleon was developed, created, and written by Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. The Executive Producer is Mark McAdam. The Associate Producer is Abukar Adan. Fact checking by Callie Hitchcock Editorial support by Doug Slawin, Natalia Winkelman, Rod Sherwood, and Ashleyanne Krigbaum. Our technical consultant and disinfo specialist is Ben Decker, of Memetica. Our theme song is “Bad Checks” by Houses. Sound design and additional music by Mark McAdam. Our Consulting Producers are Andy Horwitz at Atlas Entertainment and Charles Mastropietro, at Circle of Confusion The Executive Producers at Campside Media are Josh Dean, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Adam Hoff, and Matt Shaer.
Dec 03, 2020
Chapter 9.5: The Psychology of the Scam
1697
What makes con artists tick. In this special episode, we speak with author/journalist Maria Konnikova and psychoanalyst Alexander Stein.
Nov 26, 2020
Chapter 9: Inside the Walls
2710
At long last, the team penetrates the scammer's inner circle — and zeroes in on the Con Queen's identity.
Nov 19, 2020
Chapter 8: Hunting the Hunter
2350
The hunt for the scammer continues, and frustration is at an all-time-high -- until our team gets the big break it's been looking for.
Nov 12, 2020
Chapter 7: Ghosted
2308
With no sign of the case being resolved, and the Con Queen very much still racking up victims, the team decides to go hunting for this elusive scammer.
Nov 05, 2020
Chapter 6: Day Player
2255
Just when you thought the Con Queen scam couldn't get any more mind-boggling, a new twist emerges — one that makes the depravity of this scammer abundantly clear.
Oct 29, 2020
Introducing: Dr. Death Season 2
272
If someone you love is  diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the  best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that  doctor. Between his prestigious education, years  of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you  could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From  Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a  doctor, and a poisonous secret. Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.” Listen today at: wondery.fm/DrDeathS2_Chameleon
Oct 27, 2020
Chapter 5: Turning the Tables
2355
The scam has a whole other set of victims — the female producers and studio execs who had their names and reputations damaged by the Con Queen. Josh goes to visit Deb Snyder, one of the biggest film producers in Hollywood, and finds that she has some very interesting things to share about our scammer.
Oct 22, 2020
Chapter 4: Cat and Mouse
2091
Nicole, the private investigator, joins us inside the rabbit hole, and begins to chip away at some of the scammer's defenses. That work also uncovers one incredible secret.
Oct 15, 2020
Chapter 3: Into the Rabbit Hole
2255
The Hollywood Con Queen scam is far bigger and more complicated than anyone recognized. Each victim seems to lead to five more victims, and the more Josh and Vanessa unpack this baffling con, the weirder things get.
Oct 08, 2020
Chapter 2: Heather
2834
Eddie wasn't the first person to fall into this fake movie trap. Not even close. Two years before Eddie got  that call, Heather, a make-up artist in London, heard from a different  producer, about a different movie, also in Indonesia. But Heather's trip  was far more harrowing. She feared for her life. And her story pulls us deeper into the tangled web of the Hollywood Con Queen scam.
Oct 01, 2020
Chapter 1: The Hook
2903
Eddie, an aspiring film industry trainer, gets a  call from a powerful producer offering him the opportunity of a lifetime  -- a major film project, in Indonesia. But when Eddie gets to Jakarta,  there is no movie. And after some friends back home do a little sleuthing, Eddie realizes that he's been pulled into something far bigger than just a little scam. 
Oct 01, 2020
Chameleon - Season One Trailer
285
The incredible true story of the Hollywood Con Queen scam, and the hunt for the sick mastermind behind it. With Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis. A production of Campside Media.
Sep 17, 2020