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Conning the Con

A True Crime Podcast

It was a relationship that was going just the way Andrew Thomson planned...right up until the point, Emma discovered his real identity. WOULD YOU HIT RECORD....?
1/10/2021

The RomCON - Ep 1

Season 1, Ep. 1
Episode one, The RomCON, takes us back to where it all began...One swipe to the right. One small, seemingly insignificant flick of the index finger.....Meet my sister, Emma as she takes us back to the fateful day when she swiped right on the profile of Andrew Thomson. He's charming, charismatic, successful and empathetic, everything you look for in a life partner, right?He seemed like the perfect date but by date four the cracks were starting to appear. And they would be the first of many...Dr Sophie Muir, Clinical Psychologist joins us, shining a retrospective light on Emma's story and highlighting the red flags along the wayUseful linksJoin Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.The Breath Effect -thebreatheffect.comDr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.comIf you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.email:conningthecon@yahoo.comFacebook: conningtheconpodcastInstagram: conningtheconTwitter: conningthecon1If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction.UK:Action FraudNZ:NZ Government - ScamsNZ:NetsafeAustralia:ScamwatchUS:USA Government - ScamsIf this topic has got you curious and you want to know more about the art of the con then check out:The Confidence Game: The Psychology of the Con and Why We Fall for it Every Time by Maria Konnikova
2/6/2021

The CONfidence Man - Ep 2

Season 1, Ep. 2
By March 2019, Emma and the man she knows as Andrew Thomson have been dating for almost six months, their relationship appears to be going from strength to strength. Andrew had put in months and months of graft, it was now time for him to double down on his lies and do what he does best, exploit, rinse ..... and repeat.In the last EpisodeEmma meets a man called Andrew Thomson on tinderHe is a charming, outgoing, entrepreneur from Tasmania, AustraliaThe relationship moves from strength to strength over the first few dates, he seems too good to be trueBy date four Andrew lets Emma into what she thinks is his deepest, darkest secret, his false imprisonment in a Melbourne jailEmma is faced with a decision..... but everyone deserves a second chance, right?Useful linksJoin Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.The Breath Effect -thebreatheffect.comDr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.comIf you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.email:conningthecon@yahoo.comFacebook: conningtheconpodcastInstagram: conningtheconTwitter: conningthecon1If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction.UK:Action FraudNZ:NZ Government - ScamsNZ:NetsafeAustralia:ScamwatchUS:USA Government - ScamsIf this topic has got you curious you may like:The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
2/14/2021

IrreCONcilable Differences - Ep 4

Season 1, Ep. 4
Andrew has been playing a game of chess with Emma for six months. However, Emma's discovery of his real identity means the tables are about to turn on Andrew, just when he was almost at checkmate. In the last EpisodeEmma's friends, Sarsha and Jo, do some digging and find the ODT article (link below)Meanwhile, Emma is oblivious to their discovery and transfers $250,000 directly to Andrews account to investEmma is the last to discover Andrew Thomson is actually convicted Fraudster Andrew Tonks Unravelling the truth from the lies she discovers Andrew Tonks works at a freighting company in dispatch!Otago Daily Times Article https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/fraudster-jailed-after-theft-pay-reparationUseful linksJoin Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.The Breath Effect -thebreatheffect.comDr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.comIf you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.email:conningthecon@yahoo.comFacebook: conningtheconpodcastInstagram: conningtheconTwitter: conningthecon1If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction.UK:Action FraudNZ:NZ Government - ScamsNZ:NetsafeAustralia:ScamwatchUS:USA Government - ScamsOur thanks to the talented:Aroha Min for the theme tune Jon Stubbs - Voiceover artist
2/21/2021

CONcaved - Ep 5

Season 1, Ep. 5
We rejoin the story with Emma digesting the aftermath and calculating the cost of Andrew's deception. He still had a sizeable chunk of her money and getting it back was not going to be for the fainthearted. A plan was percolating, it was time to Con the Con. In the last EpisodeFor the last six months, Andrew Tonks had been playing a game of chess with my sister Emma and up until the 9th of April 2019, she had no idea that she was playing it, let alone that Andrew was almost at checkmate.In the previous episodes, unbeknownst to Andrew, Emma had discovered his real identity. Fight or flight kicked in ..... Emma chose to fight.She had swung into action to recover the money that had been transferred into his account only the day before. However, to have any chance of retrieving the money she couldn't let on that she knew his true identity. And so operation "Bank Transfer" swung into action. Useful linksJoin Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.The Breath Effect -thebreatheffect.comDr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.comIf you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.email:conningthecon@yahoo.comFacebook: conningtheconpodcastInstagram: conningtheconTwitter: conningthecon1If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction.UK:Action FraudNZ:NZ Government - ScamsNZ:NetsafeAustralia:ScamwatchUS:USA Government - ScamsOur thanks to the talented:Aroha Minfor the theme tuneJon Stubbs - Voiceover ArtistAnnabel Miller - Voiceover Artist
2/28/2021

CONnections - Ep 6

Season 1, Ep. 6
The New Zealand police were slowly but surely building that case against Andrew Tonks. And as far as we knew, Andrew, although he seemed a little suspicious, he didn't know that the net was closing in around him. But what he did know is that his house of cards had a few rather large cracks appearing in the foundations.In the last EpisodeEmma had just received a text from Andrew outlining his latest scheme to repay his debt to her.And so it was that Andrew Tonks, the world's most unassuming spy, was forced out of retirement to complete one last very dangerous mission, a mission so dangerous that payment for it would clear his debt to Emma in its entirety and some.Useful linksJoin Emma @thebreatheffect on Facebook and Instagram To learn the tools that Emma used to help both survive and thrive through trauma join Emma on one of her amazing online courses. Choose to reset your stress response and rewire your brain over 30 days.The Breath Effect -thebreatheffect.comDr Sophie Muir - drsophiemuir.comIf you have your own true crime story to share please contact us.email:conningthecon@yahoo.comFacebook: conningtheconpodcastInstagram: conningtheconTwitter: conningthecon1If you believe you have been targeted by a Fraudster then please reach out for help. Many places can help, below are a few to get you pointed in the right direction.UK:Action FraudNZ:NZ Government - ScamsNZ:NetsafeAustralia:ScamwatchUS:USA Government - ScamsOur thanks to the talented:Aroha Minfor the theme tuneJon Stubbs - Voiceover artistAnnabel Miller - Voiceover artist