Scam artists and con men have existed throughout centuries. And they got away with fooling both vulnerable people as well as powerful institutions. They get away with their clever plans and persuasion while unsuspecting people look the other way. Well, encountering such individuals in real life may not be very pleasant. But it is definitely fascinating to watch stories of how con men almost get away with their crimes. In the present world where online interactions have replaced ‘getting to know someone on the inside out’, fake profiles and imposters are lurking everywhere. Were you fascinated by The Tinder Swindler Netflix? Here’s a list of movies and series about real-life and fictional Con artists to watch after the Tinder Swindler.
After watching some of these shows, you’ll be convinced how somebody’s online persona or even their real-life personality that they project to the world is so far removed from reality. Sometimes in the most dangerous ways. Seeing is not always believing, especially like we saw on Simon Leviev’s social media presence in the Tinder Swindler.
1. Inventing Anna (2022) – Netflix Series:
From the makers of Bridgerton and Grey’s Anatomy, this show is based on a true story. It’s the story of Anna Sorokin-Delvey, a con artist who gains access to New York’s elite social circles. Julia Garner, the Ozark actor, is a perfect fit for the character of Anna, who posed as a German Heiress in New York. The Anna Netflix series goes on to tell the story of how Anna managed to successfully con many banks, hotels, and friends before getting caught. Watch Inventing Anna online, season 1 of this series is on Netflix.
2. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) – Documentary:
The Inventor documentary investigates the rise of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, who was acclaimed for being the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Titled the next Steve Jobs, and a tycoon of silicon valley, she dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to create a revolutionary blood-testing machine. The founder of Theranos, their blood tests claimed to require only a tiny drop of blood to detect diseases.
Elizabeth’s mission was to make this device available to all and open the doors to early diagnosis. But the catch here was that the entire company was built on a lie. The blood-testing machines weren’t functional and didn’t work as Elizabeth claimed. Yet she persuaded investors to fund millions of dollars in her company. Well, how did she manage to do all of that? Only this documentary can tell. Also, turns out that everything about the Theranos founder right down to her voice was fake. Find out how she also may have been a psychopath. Watch the inventor online on Disney+ Hotstar.
3. Fyre Festival: The greatest party that never happened (2019) – Netflix movie:
Great music, luxury villas, and gourmet food in the Bahamas would make a great weekend getaway. Unless you are a victim to one of the biggest scams recorded in history. The Fyre Festival fraud made elaborate promises to many people who spent a fortune on the tickets. But the promise of being the greatest festival ended up in lack of accommodation. Most partygoers who attended the festival had to sleep in tents on dirt floors, survive on stale bread sandwiches and put up with canceled musical events.
Most people bought into the scam because it was promoted by influencers and models like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. The Fyre Festival scandal went viral and created a huge buzz on social media spaces like Instagram and Twitter. The Fyre Music Festival Netflix documentary talks about how the fyre scandal made it to history but is remembered for all the wrong reasons.
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4. John Tucker Must Die (2006)
John Tucker Must Die is a cult classic teen movie that’s still relevant. If you are into early 2000’s romcom movies, then this one is for you. John Tucker Must Die is a revenge story. The plot revolves around a trio of girls who got cheat on by a popular, smooth-talking guy. John Tucker secretly dates all three of them at the same time. The girls choose to destroy the guy by making him unpopular, but the plan backfires.
The three friends then alter their approach and begin attacking him with a different strategy. The girls work to bring down Tucker with the help of the new transfer student who agrees to get together with him and dump him later. The Bollywood film ‘Luv Ka The End’ starring Shraddha Kapoor is also loosely based on this movie. You can watch John Tucker Must Die online by renting this movie on YouTube.
5. Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011):
And finally, Bollywood’s one and only conman movie. Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl is a Bollywood rom-com starring Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. Ricky, a con-man, scams three women from different cities for their money. He pretends to belong to different professions. The three women encounter each other and decide to take revenge by conning him back. They hire a smart salesgirl played by Anushka Sharma, to act as bait to catch the conman.
Ishika introduces herself to ‘Ricky’ as the daughter of an NRI hotelier visiting Goa on business to invest in real estate. They plan to entice him into a business partnership and steal his wealth as a form of retaliation. Similar to the plot of John tucker must die, the women unite and use their intelligence to achieve what they desire. This movie is also very similar to the true story of the Tinder Swindler. Watch or rewatch Ladies vs Ricky Bahl movie online on Prime Video.