There’s no doubt that our favourite TV shows have an extra element of interest when we know it’s based on a real-life story – and recent Netflix hit Inventing Anna is the perfect example.
And while true crime is a genre that has become undeniably popular over the past few years, what about the series that are based on true scams? It’s all about deceit, drama and jaw-dropping ‘how?’ moments in these real-life stories of the con-artists that *almost* got away with it.
Whether they’re documentaries or dramas, the success of a truly addictive scam story is usually in the humanity of its central characters – be it the charismatically cunning Anna Delvey or the famous faces popping up to expose the truth behind the ill-fated Fyre festival (we’re still not over that one).
But if you’ve already scrolled Netflix’s entire catalogue for your next scandalous watch, never fear, because there’s plenty more real-life con stories across the likes of Amazon Prime, Sky and NOW TV – plus some Netflix gems you might have missed.
From the internet’s new obsession, The Tinder Swindler, to The Woman Who Wasn’t There – the shocking story of Tania Head, who faked being a survivor of 9/11 for years after the New York attacks – there’s plenty of true tricksters to learn about, then frantically Google immediately after.
Here’s our round-up of the best real-life scam TV shows that are available to stream right now…