Chameleon: Various Seasons

Publisher:
Campside Media

Chameleon: Various Seasons

4.9/5

Critic Rating

When a small team of government investigators learns that ordinary citizens all around the U.S. are losing their life savings to scam callers, they go on the hunt for the shadowy multinational mob behind the con. Hosted by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Subscribe to The Binge to get all episodes of Chameleon: Scam Likely ad-free right now. Click ‘try free’ at the top of the Chameleon: Scam Likely show page on Apple Podcasts to start your free trial or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you get your podcasts. A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Ximena Smith • Stuff NZ Aug 13, 2022

"(Season 4: Scam Likely) Season three (Wild Boys) of Chameleon was brilliant, and I had high hopes for this latest season, but so far, it feels like it's lacking the personal touch that made last season so outstanding. …"

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery Aug 8, 2022

"(Season: Scam Likely) If you’ve never been affected by a scam, this will be eye-opening for you. Reporter Yudhijit Bhattacharjee delves into the seedy underbelly of scams being run out of call centers on the other side of the world in India and reminds us that it’s really more of an industry than a few opportune cons. Scam Likely is the closest thing to a police ride-along for your ears and really sets the bar high. This time around though, you'll have a better idea of what to expect on the other end of the line."


Score: 5

Hollie Richardson • The Guardian Aug 4, 2022

"(Season: Scam Likely) This gripping podcast series takes that fear to the next level, with host Yudhijit Bhattacharjee following a team unravelling one of the biggest call centre scams ever pulled…"

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Score: 5

Jess Joho • Mashable Jul 1, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) ...officials began to question this shocking tale...a far sadder secret is revealed through their lies."

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Score: 5

Andy Dehnart • Reality Blurred May 30, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys)...even if you do Google the story, or remember the news, I almost guarantee you have no idea what happened behind those headlines, and that’s where Wild Boys excels. It deepens our understanding while taking some unexpected twists and turns."

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Score: 5

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Apr 10, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) An engrossing and strange real-life story...Journalist Sam Mullins, a Vernon teenager at the time, skilfully weaves a gripping nine-part series."

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Score: 4.7

Nicholas Quah • Vulture Apr 4, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) The most interesting podcast in the category of the New Year so far comes from Chameleon. Wild Boys ends up being a fascinating story about the spirit of small-town life and the aftermath when that spirit is taken advantage of…"

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Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Apr 2, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) It’s not quite true crime, but it is a true story...It’s beautifully paced, with excellent cliffhangers and much care in the sound production. Presenter Sam Mullins is great and he, eventually, even talks to the boys themselves, now adults. (A quick warning: this show isn’t for anyone triggered by discussion of eating disorders.) I was gripped and surprised throughout Wild Boys, right up to the final episode. It really doesn’t go where you think it will. Recommended."

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Score: 4.5

Wendy J. Fox • PodcastReview.org Apr 1, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) While this podcast could have ended in a chilling manner, Mullins is an affable host as he shares his own relationship to something that happened in his hometown, and he’s also very Canadian. The importance of place is a complicated undercurrent that runs beneath Wild Boys. Mullins is successful in creating context for listeners who don’t know about this part of the world, and equally successful in creating recognition for those who do: As someone who grew up very close to the American side of the same border that Will and Tom slipped across, I would have believed them too."

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Score: 5

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Feb 28, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) I love the pacing of Wild Boys—it spent the perfect amount of time setting up a strange story, took a break, and now is picking up the pieces with the final four episodes."

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Score: 4.9

Keelin • Mentally? A Magpie. Feb 22, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys)The first few minutes of this podcast had me hooked. For one, I needed to double-check that yes this is a documentary-style podcast. The audio production had me drifting into “this is totally a drama, I just opened a drama”. Nope. It’s just a captivating piece of audio narrative, reporting easily and well. I thoroughly am enjoying the “not as horrifying” true crime aspect of Wild Boys. This is an excellent podcast for those of us who may need a break from death, but still like the suspense of a good mystery."

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Score: 5

Simon Hill • Wired Feb 20, 2022

"(Season: Hollywood Con Queen) This weird, compelling, investigative podcast unwinds a deeply satisfying twisty tale that’s mercifully free of blood and violence."

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Score: 5

Lizzy Steiner • Crime Reads Feb 4, 2022

"(Season: Wild Boys) While the events documented in this show took place the same year Wildboyz debuted, this pod follows a decidedly different—but no less wild!—pair of male specimens."

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Score: 5

Catherine McGregor • The Spinoff NZ Aug 24, 2021

"If you’re looking for an enthralling true crime tale but aren’t mentally prepared for intense descriptions of violence and murder, this is the one for you...this is the first podcast in a long time that I’ve devoured in a single day – all 10 episodes of it. As always with these kinds of stories, the less you already know, the better: this one has some jaw-dropping twists you really don’t want spoiled."

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Score: 4.9

Emma Dibdin • New York Times Feb 16, 2021

"(Hollywood Con Queen) As the journalists Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis unpack the story throughout this 10-part series, it becomes clear that this is not a simple financial fraud, but a darker and more twisted power game that preys on the vulnerability of Hollywood hopefuls."

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