Adam Levin co-hosts What the Hack, the Webby-nominated podcast about scammers, schemers, and the people they go after. Serial entrepreneur and former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, Levin is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.
Scammers are a persistent fact of life, and there’s no silver bullet to stop them. Worse, no one is immune to their tricks. What the Hack starts from the premise that stories matter, and the best defense is awareness–as the old saying goes, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
I co-host a weekly podcast about scammers, hackers, and the people they go after. We talk to celebrities, award-winning journalists, school teachers, strippers–when it comes to scams and online crime, everyone has a story about a near miss or direct hit. What the Hack is the shame-free zone where listeners can learn from the many stories we tell, and hear about the best ways to stay safe.
Roy Wood Jr. is one of the funniest comedic talents working today (and I’m not just saying that because he’s been a guest on What the Hack!). You’ve seen him on The Daily Show, his stand-up specials are top-notch, and his podcast Roy’s Job Fair is a true gem. While the show isn’t exclusively focused on scams, he covers them from time to time. It’s a must-listen pod, and one of my favorites.
Cults may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word scam, but they have a lot in common with the sort of hucksters we cover on What the Hack. Hosts Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth guide listeners on a weekly journey through the cults, and how to escape them.
If you want to know about cybercrime, who better to ask than a cybercriminal? “Original Internet Godfather” Brett Johnson is a reformed hacker-turned-security professional, who is a lot of fun to listen to. You can’t go wrong with this podcast.
Ever heard of an affinity scam? I hadn’t until Sara Ganim and Karen Given joined us on What the Hack to discuss their podcast Believable: The Coco Berthmann Story, a complex and emotionally twisted tale about Coco Berthmann’s confabulations in an LDS community. Was she sex-trafficked? Did she have cancer? The lies and manipulation pile up in this binge listen.
Bob Sullivan’s podcast is produced by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, and provides a weekly scam complete with takeaways that will help you stay safe. Bob is a friend of mine, was an engaging guest on What the Hack, and is a great host on his show. I highly recommend this podcast.
Are scammers out for the money, or is there something deeper that drives them to abuse the trust of others? Journalist Charlie Webster’s true-crime podcast Scamanda explores this question and others in a story about Amanda Riley, a former teacher and school principal whose deception about a phony cancer diagnosis tricked hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars.
Comedian and author Caitlin Brodnick is a two-time guest on What the Hack, and an utter delight of a human being. Her podcast ScamWow offers a fun and engaging examination of grifts and scams.
Comedian and actress Laci Mosley’s Scam Goddess is a brisk and entertaining weekly look at scams, both historical and contemporary. Scams can be a hard thing to make light of, but Mosley pulls it off–and then some.
Jack Rhysider’s Darknet Diaries is one of the most popular podcasts on things cyber, and with good reason: Few other podcasts delve into the details of cybercrime as deeply while still being accessible. Often terrifying, but always interesting. You don’t want to miss this gem of a podcast. And definitely don’t miss his previous guest appearances on What the Hack!