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Con-Artists of the Digital Age

Gabrielle Bluestone in conversation with Pandora Sykes

57 mins watch time

Posted June 2021

History, Art and Culture, Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

We live in an age where scams are the new normal. A charismatic entrepreneur sells thousands of tickets to a festival that never happened. Respected investors pour millions into a start-up centred around fake blood tests. Reviewers and celebrities flock to London’s top-rated restaurant that’s little more than a backyard shed. These unsettling stories of today’s viral grifters have risen to fame and hit the front-page headlines, yet the curious conundrum remains: Why do these scams happen?