Persona: The French Deception

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Let’s talk about Persona: The French Deception, hosted by Evan Ratliff, the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of the greatest con artists of all time who duped some of the world’s most powerful people into handing over their fortunes.

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Persona: The French Deception
Host: Evan Ratliff
Genre: Crime
Listen on: iTunes, Spotify
Episodes: 2022

Podcast Summary:

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?

Heather’s Review:

Wow… three seconds in, and this podcast had my full attention. I’ve heard many con stories, but nothing close to this one. It had me questioning things that have happened in my own life and if I had been targeted, if I would have realized what was happening before it was too late.

This story is crazy. This story appears to have been very well researched. Evan is a great storyteller and I found his voice very pleasant and easy to listen to. It’s a great combination of script and conversation with the people involved.

I would love for this to be turned into a tv series. I bet it would be just as good, if not more as they could add more suspense and action.

I give Persona: The French Deception 4 out of 5 stars. 

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