Documentaries on scams that went viral online flood the most in-demand streaming services these days, such as Netflix, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime.
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 14: Director Chris Smith and Subject Marc Weinstein attend New York screening of Netflix’s “FYRE: THE GREATEST PARTY THAT NEVER HAPPENED” at The Metrograph on January 14, 2019 in New York City.
Best Documentaries on Scams
It is safe to say that the art of scamming has been a captivating genre for viewers nowadays.
In general, as per a story by Refinery29, true crime emerged since last year and one of its sub-genres, scams, reigned among the rest, making it highly regarded by a handful of viewers.
According to a report by Bustle, documentaries that put the spotlight on the world of scams and frauds are somewhat addictive.
It is worth noting that the mysterious world of scammers has been hiding in the shadows for years already, and getting a glimpse of it feeds our thirsty curiosity.
However, the massive success of the true-crime scam genre as it continues to captivate the public also brings a grave problem for its curious viewers. It turns out that streaming services are also capitalizing on their prevailing fame.
Therefore, choosing a docu that centers on the exciting yet outraging world of liars, cheaters, and swindlers ended up as a Herculean task for most.
Best Documentaries on Scams That Went Viral Online
All that said, the documentaries on scams out there in various streaming services need some narrowing down to make sure you are getting only some of the best these days.
But then again, like any other entertainment content, it is still subjective to your viewing preference. Nevertheless, check out some of our suggestions below – you might find what piques your interests.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
You might have heard of “Fyre” already as it has been on the giant streaming service, Netflix, since way back in 2018 – even before true crime scams immensely thrived in the docu scene.
It centers on how fraudsters tricked the rich and famous models and influencers to spend excessive money on what organizers touted to be the hottest party. It can also be viewed on Hulu.
Art And Craft
This documentary on Amazon Prime puts the spotlight on Mark Landis, one of the biggest art forgers in history. In fact, the philanthropist was a con artist for three decades, copying the works of Picasso and other art icons.
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 18: (L-R) Subjects Mathew Leininger and Mark Landis from “Art and Craft”, pose for a portrait at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 18, 2014 in New York City.
Bad Influencer: The Great Insta Con
BBC iPlayer’s documentary on an elaborate scam focuses on the mega Instagram influencer Bell Gibson, who made her fans believe that she survived cancer by subscribing to specific plant-based diets and natural therapies. But it turns out Gibson is faking it all along.
Written by Teejay Boris