From the fraudsters of Fyre Festival and Theranos to fictional grifters like Tom Ripley, we are forever fascinated by scammer stories. What lies behind our insatiable appetite for tales of cunning and charisma wielded by those who aren’t who they purport to be? And what is the complicated truth about the long-lasting havoc con artists wreak? Tom Tilley delves into the matter with two journalists whose own worlds were upended by scammers, ABC’s Unravel True Crime: Snowball podcaster Ollie Wards and author of Fake, Stephanie Wood.
Ollie Wards (Australian)
Ollie Wards is the Content Director of triple j, but took a year out of his role to investigate, produce and host the latest season of the ABC's true crime series Unravel. Originally from New Zealand, Ollie delved into a dark family story of his brother's brief marriage to an American con woman. In his investigation through dark to sometimes funny revelations, Ollie followed a trail of clues around the world in his award-winning podcast Snowball.
Stephanie Wood (Australian)
Stephanie Wood is the author of Fake: A startling true story of love in a world of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies. She is an award-winning former writer at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine and worked as an editor at newspapers including The Independent and The Daily Mail in London and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. She is a former editor of The Age Good Food Guide and The Age Epicure section.
Tom Tilley (Australian)
Tom Tilley is one of Australia’s leading voices in current affairs for young people. Best known for hosting triple j’s Hack program for eight years, he has also guest hosted Radio National Breakfast and Drive and the ABC's Foreign Correspondent. He is now working with The Project and writing his debut memoir Speaking in Tongues, out next year. He has interviewed prime ministers from all sides of politics, Sir David Attenborough , Melinda Gates, Al Gore, Pussy Riot, Tim Winton, David Pocock and Julian Assange.