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Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

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Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

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The layout of the office belonging to one of Costa Rica's most notorious con artists. The IT guy at the office made these sketches to help authorities shut it down. Felipe Fernandez hide caption

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Felipe Fernandez

The layout of the office belonging to one of Costa Rica's most notorious con artists. The IT guy at the office made these sketches to help authorities shut it down.

Felipe Fernandez

This episode is adapted from NPR's podcast Rough Translation.

In 2010, Felipe was looking for a new gig. Then an infamous con artist — who made a living scamming elderly people out of their life savings — offered him a job.

Felipe saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring justice to victims. He went undercover to con the con man, gathering intel for the authorities between his day-to-day IT tasks. What he couldn't plan for: how much danger he put himself in.

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