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Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios
Persona: The French Deception
What does it feel like to pick up the phone and scam someone out of $50 million? This is the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time. Host and award-winning journalist Evan Ratliff investigates how Chikli duped some of the world’s most powerful people into handing over their fortunes. He explores how Chikli evaded the law for years and became a Robin Hood-like hero. More than just a tale of criminal genius, this is a show about the moment we’re living in right now — the golden age of scammers — and the power of seduction. But what happens when the...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 383 ratings
Episode 5 won’t play. It’s been 2 days now and all other episodes play without issue.
Huhwhat2010510 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/02/22
Excellent and well produced. I love the music and the host is very professional and he has an amazing voice!
AK Ajijic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/01/22
Great Listen
The story is fantastic and told very well. It is clear that deep research has been conducted.
Owl man Dan via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/30/22
Recent Episodes
Published 07/18/22
The French police are on the trail of a leader of the Le Drian affair, but all they have to go on is a nickname, “the Fat One.” Meanwhile the scammers have hooked their biggest target yet: a Turkish billionaire ready to hand over tens of millions of dollars. A new set of secretly recorded tapes...
Published 07/04/22
As a new scam emerges in the south of France, investigators stumble upon a tantalizing new clue. Meanwhile, reports begin to circulate that some victims haven’t just talked on the phone to the Le Drian impersonator – they’ve spoken to him on video. Evan journeys to a medieval town in the heart of...
Published 06/27/22
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