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#102 Long Distance

50:44 | Jul 27th, 2017

98 recommendations
This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman.   Further Reading If you suspect you are a victim of a tech support scammer, you see a suspicious pop-up, or get an uns...Show More


dhomann recommended:Aug 1st, 2017

Great episode. One of the hosts goes down the rabbit hole of finding out everything he can about the people behind a phone scam and it's awesome and funny.

lookitsowen recommended:Aug 1st, 2017

Like messing with scammers? Me too. This podcast takes it to a whole new personal level.

spohntaneous recommended:Aug 1st, 2017

This episode should win some kind of award. It's a fascinating piece of true storytelling. A journalist starts pulling the threads of a scam call center and unravels a really interesting story!

karebear8197 recommended:Aug 1st, 2017

one of the best episodes of Reply All to date.

valerioveo1973 recommended:Aug 2nd, 2017

Classic Reply All - starts simple and funny and skews off into crazyland - brilliant!

alexcreary recommended:Aug 3rd, 2017

Scamming the scammers. I like it.

meatyurologist recommended:Aug 5th, 2017

Damn. Never listened to this show till this episode popped up on my NPR One app. If this story doesn't suck you in, nothing will. So interesting.

nathancashion recommended:Aug 5th, 2017

I've always wanted to do something like this to scam callers. Turns out there's more to their side of the story.

thelovebug recommended:Aug 23rd, 2017

Incredibly entertaining. Alex goes out of his way to find the truth behind a technical support phone scammer.

chrishuskins recommended:Sep 8th, 2017

This is absolutely amazing investigative journalism, reminding us why podcasting is so awesome!!

mcu recommended:Aug 7th, 2017

Really funny!

tvidatko recommended:Jul 1st

I thought this episode was:

🥜 Nuts
😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
🧐 Intriguing
👍 Well-produced

samantha recommended:Jan 11th

Amazing story... Twists and turns...

mm recommended:Jun 12th, 2019

Hilarious look into scam calls and the people and companies behind them. Cracked up so hard at the desktop screen part but I won’t spoil it. This episode was a terrific use of audio for investigative journalism. 👌✨

ianJun 13th, 2019

@mm this is one of my all time favourites! It’s my go to recommendation for people new to podcasts.

mmJun 13th, 2019

@ian Haven’t listened to part 2 yet. Excited 😁

podplace recommended:Dec 2nd, 2019

The kind of journalist I aspire to be - ask all the questions. There’s a story everywhere

morrily recommended:May 18th

I thought this episode was:

🥜 Nuts
🥳 Entertaining
😲 Fascinating
🤣 Absolutely hilarious
🤯 Unbeliveable
🤪 Weird

akshatkharbanda recommended:Jun 4th

I thought this episode was:

😂 Funny
💬 A great conversation
💡 Educational

jennx recommended:Jun 16th

Who knew telephone scammers are lowkey improv comedians by trade

I thought this episode was:

😂 Funny

harwood recommended:Jun 15th

A completely gripping rabbit hole - stopped everything to listen. Just listen now!

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
💯 A must listen
🤯 Unbeliveable

mmJun 15th

The part about the desktop background change was hilarious.

harwoodJun 17th

@mm Absolutely! The silence afterwards was the most awkward thing in podcast history 😂

mmJun 17th

@harwood Sooooooo great 😂

yote recommended:Jun 15th

I thought this episode was:

😂 Funny

phocks recommended:Jun 17th

This is another one of those "stop what you're doing and listen to this episode" episodes. One of the hosts calls back a tech support scam call and follows the rabbit hole down. An amazing unexpected journey.

I thought this episode was:

🧐 Intriguing
💯 A must listen
🤯 Unbeliveable

sarahleeyoga recommended:Aug 1st, 2017

if you haven't listened to Reply all before, this is the one to start with! laugh out loud funny (even when you're in the grocery store)

tom recommended:Aug 2nd, 2017

This story twists and turns. I wish part 2 would get here already

jag recommended:Aug 2nd, 2017

The best podcast episode I have listened to PERIOD. It's an episode about scams, hacking and offshore call centres. Some of the most hated things in the modern day. Alex G turns the narrative on it's head and puts a human face on a despised industry.

danny recommended:Jul 27th, 2017

If you are going to listen to one episode this week, make it this one. In it a journalist takes on a scam call center.

sjlinquist recommended:Jan 15th

Can’t believe I haven’t recommended this episode yet. A classic. One of the all-time greatest episodes of a podcast that is, in my opinion, the best-made one out there. We love and support a sneaky, trickster Alex who scams the scammers.

mmJan 15th

Oh boy, the part screensaver part was incredible. I still remember exactly where I was when I heard that part and laughed so loud. I wish there were more of these crazy expedition deep investigative episodes! But I'm sure they're extremely expensive to make...

sjlinquistJan 15th

@mm Hahaha, I was totally going to mention the screensaver. I lost it.