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Lil Nas X’s SNL Wardrobe Malfunction. Just call him Big Nas XXX—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Praise Elon Musk; we live to scam another day! In our fourth episode, we’re taking a closer look at Lil Nas X on SNL (but not too close–Devin is married and we respect personal space here). We also look at whether or not focus groups have gotten in on stealing your data, and revisit a story from our premiere. Tweet us your thoughts, comment on the video—and leave us the city your honeymoon was in and the make and model of your first car for good measure.

Lil Nas X’s SNL Wardrobe Malfunction

Lil Nas X performed “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” on Saturday Night Live recently, and was supposed to do a pole dance number, but had to cut it short because of an unfortunately placed pants rip that may or may not have been deliberate, as far as Onicia and Devin are concerned. Was this a publicity stunt?

Make Lil Nas X stans mad by dropping out hot takes on the timeline [ smiling devil emoji]

Question: What do you think about Lil Nas X possibly pulling a Lenny Kravitz on live television?

Focus Groups Stealing Data?

Focus groups have long been an easy way to make some quick cash. Watching bad sitcom pilots, eating questionable new food flavors, or filling out a questionnaire are all good schemes and everybody wins (maybe), but what if they’re taking more than your opinion? What if today’s focus groups are stealing your personal info like so many other notorious internet scammers?

Share this clip on Facebook to get targeted ads inviting you to sell your data to a focus group

Question: Have you ever participated in a focus group?

Maybe The Bachelor Isn’t a Scam? Or Colby’s Reality Show Isn’t?

In our first episode, we asked if The Bachelor was a scam because of its poor track record of matching couples with any lasting chemistry. We briefly touched on “Gay Bachelor” Colton and whether his upcoming Netflix show was a scam. Devin feels bad about his reaction, but stands by his assertion that all reality shows are a scam. Full stop.

Get Colton trending so he can get a show

Question: Is the gay Bachelor’s reality show legit? Does it matter when he made the deal with Netflix?

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Are Mistresses and The Bachelor a Scam?? — Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Yay, Scamageddon is here! Our first episode is a hot 15 minutes. We’ll do our best to stay out of any legal hot waters. Tweet us your thoughts, feedback, and —most importantly—your social security number and birth date.

AP Style Guide rebranding “mistress” 

So, it seems AP Style Guide is being messy by rebranding the term “mistress” to something more family-friendly. What say you, friends? Is this a scam, swindle, or scheme?

Share this AP Style Guide clip with your friends.

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Question: What would you rebrand “Mistress” to? Friend? Companion? Consort? Courtesan?

‘The Bachelor’ sucks at matchmaking

ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ is in it’s 25th season. That’s right, humans born the year it premiered are old enough to drink. Even weirder, many of them have already found true love. Unfortunately, of the 25 relationships launched on reality television, only 15 resulted in a proposal and only two couples are still together.

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Question: Who do you believe joined ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ for clout? We wanna know who you think is/was scammin’!

Share this clip on ‘The Bachelor’ with your friends.

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Scammin’ ain’t easy [VIDEO]

As you know, I say “funny” things to pay the bills. Sometimes those things get me in trouble. Regardless, I do it anyway!

‘Scams, Swindles, and Schemes’ might attract a libel lawsuit, but Devin Whitlock (@devinagonistes) and I (@OniciaMuller) are young(ish) and dumb, and ready to dive head-first into this adventure. 

‘Scams, Swindles, and Schemes’ premiers Friday, June 18, 2021. Peep the trailers below.

News Onicia Updates

My new web show about scams is hilarious — Onicia Update

As a former crime reporter turned comedic screenwriter, a lot of my personal interests reside at the intersection of crime and comedy. Today, I’m happy to announce that Devin Whitlock and I have launched a new web show!

‘Scams, Swindles, and Schemes’ is a friendship web show thingy where we look at internet culture stuff, everyday problems, and ideas that may be more pervasive than you thought. Then we determine if something is a Scam, a Swindle, or a Scheme!

Each episode is under 15 minutes, and we cover 2 to 3 topics. Get ready for snarky comments about MLMs, get rich quick schemes, so-called ‘lifehacks,’ and whatever is trending on the internet.

Special shout out to our super talented video editor Shawn York of Shawn York Media for producing our videos and graphics.

Click over to to watch full episodes and bonus content.

A heartfelt THANKS to Eunice, Shatoria, and erica for being super generous supporters of the ice cream fund.

P.S.: Is there a possible scam or allegedly scammy person you think we should feature on ‘Scams, Swindles, and Scheme,’ email me at HeyOnicia[at]OniciaMuller[dot]com.

P.S.S.: erica Dreisbach is still the best web developer in Chicago —nay, the universe!

Comedy Scams Swindles Schemes Web Series

Scams, Swindles, and Schemes — a web show starring Devin Whitlock and Onicia Muller

‘Scams, Swindles, and Schemes’ is a friendship web show thingy where we look at internet culture stuff, everyday problems, and ideas that may be more pervasive than you thought. Then we determine if something is a Scam, a Swindle, or a Scheme!

Devin Whitlock


Devin Whitlock writes about gay comic books on the Internet, but also pop culture as a whole. He enjoys exposing scams, especially the one about the point of life being to hoard wealth. He runs the Chicago Public Library’s Comics Book Club, and his writing has appeared in GeeksOUT, Comicosity, and MEL Magazine. Read his blog on Medium.