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Persona: The French Deception

Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios
DocumentaryTrue CrimeSociety & Culture

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 fantasy we’ve been lured into finally crumbles away?Follow Persona: The French Deception wherever you get your podcasts, or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app.


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Latest Episodes

Reporter Evan Ratliff joins the hosts of Wondery’s ongoing series Scamfluencers, Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi, to discuss how he pieced his investigation on Gilbert Chikli together and shares his insights into the culture of scams. more

15 days ago

You never really know someone…especially online. In today’s world, the power of influence can be the quickest path to money and fame, and it often ends in ruin. These are the stories of the world’s most insidious Scamfluencers. And we are their prey.... more

a month ago

In the season finale, a confounding clue in Gilbert Chikli’s case sends Evan back to the dossier to see if someone else might have orchestrated the Le Drian affair. The search takes him from the world of high-stakes professional poker, to the office ... more

a month ago


4.5 out of 5 stars from 459 ratings
  • Love! But, glitches…

    Eating up this documentary program. Excellently reported, written and delivered. I even became a subscriber so I wouldn’t have to wait for the episodes. more

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    Amy E. R. D.
    United Statesa month ago
  • Excellent!

    Finally another podcast that I can’t wait to hear the next episode. Great production and if you like crime jump on it.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa month ago
  • So dope!

    The vibe, the delivery, the storytelling, the research, the people. This is Maximum Good level podcasting. There are other ones this good, but you can't make 'em any better than this.

    Apple Podcasts
    J. Oatmon
    Canadaa month ago
  • Excellent

    Really enjoyed that and free to boot more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Decent research

    But sadly I lost interest.

    Apple Podcasts
    Eleanor Ethereal
    United Statesa month ago

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