Love Fraud

Outstanding Nonfiction Series


This four-part docu-series follows the search for one man, Richard Scott Smith, who over the past 20 years used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women looking for love — conning them out of their money and dignity. The story unravels in real time as Smith’s victims band together to seek sweet revenge by turning to a bounty hunter when they feel the justice system has failed them.

For Your Consideration

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

Executive Producers: Amy Goodman Kass, Vinnie Malhotra, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman
Produced by: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Producers: Alex Takats

Outstanding Directing for a Documentary Series

Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

Outstanding Cinematography

Alex Takats, Director of Photography

Outstanding Editing

JD Marlow, Editor

Outstanding Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing


“Showtime’s deliciously fraught story of a love-touting con artist will keep you hooked for every minute.”

– Indiewire

 “A must-see story of true crime – and false vows”

– People

“…pins and needles to watch.”

– Vanity Fair

*4 stars

– TV Guide


– The New York Times


Episode 1 | “You Just Gotta Trust Me”

Online dating had been a disappointment to Tracy, but the day she met Mickey it all felt different. Their courtship is a dizzying ride that ends with a beautiful engagement ring. But Tracy’s daughters think it’s all moving too fast and break into Mickey’s truck to find out the truth. They are shocked at what they learn and it’s up to them to spill the beans. “Mom, you need to come home. Mickey is not who he says he is.” Premiere

Episode 2 | “Wichita”

Carla the bounty hunter is in search of con man Richard Scott Smith. Using tips from a blog created by his victims, Carla stumbles on a lead. Could Smith really be posing as a restauranteur right there in Kansas? Turns out Carla is not the only person keen to find Smith. Enter Jim, who’s wife has emptied his 401k and run off with Smith to chase her dreams of owning a seafood empire. Throw in a lone local PI and some filmmakers and it’s a race to the Krab Kings in Wichita, where it really gets weird. 

Episode 3 | “I’m Glad You Called”

The pursuit for Richard Scott Smith continues. Has he really fled to Belize? Is he conning a new woman while the search is on? The “revenge squad” in Kansas City receives a disturbing tip that one of his exes in the south is hiding him at her place. The clue takes the story to Knoxville, Tennessee, where a new cast of surprising characters emerges and thickens the plot.

Episode 4 | “How Did You Guys See This Thing Ending?”

How many others are there? Richard Scott Smith’s secrets seem endless. His past is continuing to unravel and may finally be catching up with him. With the help of Carla the bounty hunter and a team of savvy local private investigators, Smith’s victims decide it’s time to take a road trip and stop Rick once and for all. They’ve finally got him cornered. Is Richard Scott Smith’s trail of deceit and heartbreak finally over? Finale