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Choose therapy instead of a nosy robot — Onicia Update

Hey friends,

The newest episode of #SCAMSSS is out! We’re so excited to chat and joke with Caribbean writer, producer, and director Kafi Kareem. In the bonus episode, Kafi plays “10 Films or Bust,” a game we made up to determine which films absolutely needs T E N sequels KEEP READING

Kafi Kareem - Caribbean screenwriter - caddy club - scams podcast

Therapy would be cheaper than people pleasing

Comedian Kenzie Rowland and Max Mitchell chat about anxiety and all the fun ways that can manifest in our lives. Did you know that you can stress yourself out so much that you get shingles at age 24?!

BTW, if you decide that therapy might be cheaper than whatever loco you’re doing right now, consider Erin Matthews and the licensed professionals at Living in Empathy.

Funny Forward: @panchopiggytron

Felt this in my soul. Shout out to the ancestors.

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Mia McCullough on stalkers + Blast Into Adventure with Paul Dailing — Onicia Update

Hey friends,

This week’s episode of #SCAMSSS is all about travel scams. Thanks to superfan Remigio T, we dig into fake AirBnB hosts and shady car rentals. KEEP READING

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Blast into Adventure!

Former corruption connoisseur turned suburban socialite (LOL), Paul Dailing created Blast into Adventure, an amazingly spooky and funny audio drama.

Synopsis: A COVID-quarantined suburban dad starts listening to a 1940s radio show that shouldn’t exist. Then the show starts listening back.

Let me know which characters you think Devin and I voiced.

Funny Forward: Mia McCullough @brazenhussyrant

Stalkers today have it way easier than stalkers in the 80’s and 90’s.

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Travel scams: fake AirBnB hosts and shady car rentals—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Onicia and Devin go back to basics this week with no new guests, but plenty of stories. First up, somebody tried to scam Onicia! Good thing she knew better. Later, they look into fake AirBnB hosts. This is exactly how the housing bubble crisis happened. (We think. Allegedly. LOL)

The pandemic rears its ugly head again, because those AirBnB scammers were the first hit when it got out of control. Nobody wanted to stay in someone else’s house when they couldn’t leave their own! But we keep it light and friendly on Scams, Swindles, and Schemes and this is no different.

You can reach out to us on Twitter, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and tell us how you plan to get ahead in your career.

Local car rental tries to scam a local

Onicia was visiting family and had to rent a car, but the renting service tried to squeeze more money out of her. She knew what was going on, though! Ultimately, she couldn’t fault these scammers from trying to get ahead. Too bad Devin doesn’t drive, so he could barely relate to any of what she was talking about.

Question: Do you think Onicia damaged that car or was the car rental company trying to pull a fast one?

Shout at @devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller on Twitter.

Fake AirBnB host get rich quick scam

Special thanks to Remigio Torres for bringing this scam to the show’s attention! Because subletting an apartment isn’t complicated enough, some people have decided to list properties they don’t own on AirBnB and hope nobody asks questions. Onicia and Devin talk about the logistics of this, how it was affected by the pandemic, and why it’s a terrible idea all around.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your favorite AirBnB stories!

Shout at @devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller on Twitter.

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Daniel Rosehill on annual rent increases and landlords picking your roommates—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

More scams! More guests! Onicia was scrolling through apartment listings recently at the time of recording, and Devin has lived in way too many apartments over a short period of time. Thankfully, that’s all behind them, but they have a few questions! In addition to their highly misinformed opinions, you’ll also get to hear the respected opinions of Daniel Rosehill.

The pandemic revealed a lot of systemic failures about housing in America, but has anything been solved? If that sounds deeper than Devin and Onicia usually get on this show, that’s because it is. They wonder briefly if the subjects are too depressing this week, but keep it light by talking about the worst roommates they’ve ever had.

You can reach out to us on Twitter, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and tell us how you plan to get ahead in your career.

Raising the rent for maintenance that never happens

Onicia and Devin talk about how every landlord seems to think that everybody gets a big raise every year. Why else would they think that rent should just keep going up every year? Doesn’t matter how small it is, what is it actually paying for? And that’s before they start in on the landlords who get old tenants out so they can charge new, unsuspecting tenants hundreds of dollars more!

Question: What was the worst rent increase you’ve suffered?

Shout at @devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller on Twitter.

Welcome special guest Daniel Rosehill!

Daniel Rosehill - Freelance writer in Israel - technology, marketing communication

Writer Daniel Rosehill posts about Israel, technology, and marketing communications, and you can read his work on Medium here and watch his YouTube channel here.

$1300 for one room and no say in your roommate(s)

Onicia found a listing on Zillow that looked like it was a great deal: $1300 for a 3-bedroom apartment! Turns out, that was $1300 for one bedroom in the 3-bedroom apartment, and the landlord would be the one to pick who goes into the other two. This turns into an exchange of roommate horror stories, because if we can’t trust ourselves to find a good roommate why would we trust the guy overcharging for a single room?

Question: What’s the nicest thing a roommate has ever done for you?

Shout at @devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller on Twitter.

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NEW #Scamsss + Amy Sumpter’s new comedy album!

Hey Friends,

I let people say a lot of things, but one thing I won’t let them say is ‘women aren’t funny.’ This week on a new episode of #Scamsss, Dr. Ada Cheng makes light of serious work-related issues. Check out this web series I did with David Audino and some wonderfully talented Chicago artists. And finally, get to know Amy Sumpter. She’s hilarious, tall, and one of my favorite comedians.

NEW #SCAMSSS: Ada Cheng on sleeping with your boss and $1000 resume services

We discuss two ‘work scams’ with Chicago storyteller Ada Cheng! KEEP READING

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Pre-Existing: Aluminum Coverage

A flyer promising a free Women’s health exam gets Soranyi (Sandy Lee) and Keera (Sonal Aggarwal) to come into the Doctor’s office. When Nurse Steve (Greg Callozzo) reveals what hoops they’ll have to jump through to get coverage, they’re not sure if it’s worth it anymore.

Funny Forward: @amy_sumpter

Amy Sumpter is a tall, luscious lady who falls a lot. Please catch her! Also, buy her new comedy album #MsSumpterIfYoureNasty on Bandcamp.

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Ada Cheng on sleeping with your boss and $1000 resume services—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

In our second episode of season 2, Scams, Swindles, and Schemes has our first guest! You won’t just get to hear Onicia and Devin’s highly misinformed opinions, you’ll also get to hear the respected opinions of Dr. Ada Cheng.

Social media has once more inspired awful ideas about what it takes or means to get ahead in the workplace, and Devin and Onicia aren’t afraid to possibly get controversial. Is having an affair with a higher up a good idea for a promotion? Is any resume service worth $1000? What does someone who’s qualified have to say?

You can reach out to us on Twitter, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and tell us how you plan to get ahead in your career.

Fun fact: wonderful Chicago web developer erica dreisbach designed both OniciaMuller.com and RenegadeAdaCheng.com

Sleeping with your boss as a career move?

Onicia and Devin discuss whether it might actually be beneficial to sleep with your boss. Sure, every woman at every level of business gets accused of this regardless of the job or the context because of the patriarchy, but could it work if done right? And how could it be done right? Onicia considers the possibilities while Devin looks at history and everybody has a good time and a lively discussion that may or may not make you think.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and tell us about your last job promotion; what do you recommend to get ahead?

Welcome special guest Dr. Ada Cheng!

Ada Cheng - Chicago Storyteller - comedian - scams swindles schemes

Performer, storyteller, and speaker Dr. Ada Cheng can be found on Instagram at @sjadacheng and at renegadeadacheng.com.

$1000 for a resume service but no guarantee?!

After Ada recovers from her horror at the first topic, she discusses with Devin if it’d be worth spending $1000 to have someone punch up a resume. And there’s no guarantee you’ll get the job! If you can spend that kind of money on a resume service, how badly do you need whatever job you’re looking for in the first place? Ada is nicer than our hosts, though, but she knows a scam when she hears one!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and share your resume and job hunting hacks.

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NEW #Scamsss + Sucker’s Garden audio drama

Hey Friends,

This week’s newsletter is packed with all of that. Season 2, episode 1 of #Scamsss is live. Also, take a listen to an audio drama I wrote with Kimberly Meyers. It stars some of my favorite acting talents from St. Maarten and Chicago. Should we produce the rest of the story? It’s already written!

NEW #SCAMSSS: Lace front wigs are still sus and you need body lotion

We start Season 2 revisiting one of our hottest takes from Season 1: lace front wigs and body lotion! KEEP READING

Sucker’s Garden – A Caribbean Audio Drama

A near-fatal carjacking forces a young man with lots of potential but a shady private life to choose between doing the right thing by helping a girl he barely knows and keeping his brother’s secret.

Funny Forward: @bodyourage

Do y’all act like this or nah?

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Lace front wigs are still sus and you need body lotion—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

We’re back! Scams, Swindles, and Schemes season 2 has officially begun! And we’re picking back up right where we left off, with topics that are definitely not a trap for Devin. Especially since he is a veteran lotion user and has plenty of advice for those looking to buy one that’s right for them!

But that’s not all, Onicia invites him to take a second, longer look at weaves after a brief explanation of the different kinds of “fake hair” one might encounter. And Devin shares how he first learned about all this in a mall food court while babysitting.

Shout at us on Twitter using #scamsss, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels.

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Give us money to see our ashy skin and cracked lips

Devin and Onicia discuss the different lotions they’ve used and why, and Onicia shares her misadventures with the worst body lotion out there (you can google it, this brand is that infamous). Also, Onicia details a good alternative to expensive lotions that won’t break the bank, provides a final take on Kevin Durant’s legs, and we start a new fundraising effort!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your go-to brand of lotion! Do you use different lotions for different areas?

Talking about weaves is only a trap if you make it one

Season 1 ended with a close (maybe too close) look at a particular weave to determine if it was a scam, swindle, or scheme, and now Devin and Onicia are zooming out to look at extensions and wigs! It’s not as fraught a conversation this time, and it turns out Devin has a history with this subject that predates his time in Chicago.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your favorite weave stories!

We’ll always be real with you!

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NEW Scams, Swindles, and Schemes + ‘Fab 4’ movie premier—Onicia Update

Hey Friends,

Another week, another scam.
NEW Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

I got an ad for Suvie, a countertop kitchen robot. It’s a 2 – part system. The Veggie and meat maker is $399 and the pasta/coffee maker is $399. BIG BOOTY BUTTCHEEKS–there’s a catch– you can only get that price if you buy into the meal subscription service. FULL EPISODE

Or share this Suvie ‘first impressions’ clip.

Last day to support Podca$h

Devin and I applied for a grant(?) from Podca$h. Help increase our chances by sending Podca$h a ‘love letter’ about #Scamsss. Deadline March 4. Don’t know what to say? Copy this handy message:

“Hey Podca$h, I need my weekly dose of #Scamsss. Give Devin and Onicia some money…and maybe also your social security number.”

https://www.podcash.com/love-letters/p2D36

Funny Forward: Fab 4 and the Silent Retreat

Faced with a myriad of issues as they approach 40, a group of loud, feisty Caribbean friends travel to Nepal for a Silent Retreat. MORE DETAILS

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Suvie: Your Countertop Kitchen Robot—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Onicia got an ad for Suvie,  a countertop kitchen robot. It’s a 2 – part system. The Veggie and meat maker is $399 and the pasta/coffee maker is $399. BIG BOOTY BUTTCHEEKS–there’s a catch– you can only get that price if you buy into the meal subscription service.

You can find us on Twitter (we’d love to hear from you!), donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and subscribe to our super nutritional mailing list.

Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and let us know if you’re ready to make Suvie your grocer, chef, and device landlord or if you rate them a scam, SKINDLE, or scheme. Like. Comment. Share. Subscribe.