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Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet official trailer
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Conspiracy. Fraud. Violence. Murder. What starts out virtual can get real all too quickly — and when the web is worldwide, so are the consequences.

Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies & The Internet is a 6-part anthology series from director Brian Knappenberger that tells stories of people caught in a dark and twisted web of modern misinformation and digital deception.

The series will be released on Netflix on June 15, 2022.

Haunting, bizarre and up-to-the-moment relevant, the series explores consequences of “SWATing”, takes a chilling trip down the rabbit hole of white supremacy, joins a Federal hunt for the suspect of a brazen IRS heist and investigates a murder set against the backdrop of Russian election interference. Rich with distinctive characters and surprising plotlines, reality is warped when the ordinary American household collides with a chaotic web of misinformation.

Episodes include:

Death by SWAT – When an online gamer makes a series of fraudulent 911 calls to lure SWAT teams to innocent people’s homes, his targeted trickery turns to tragedy.

A Murder in D.C. – The murder of political staffer Seth Rich in 2016 spawns a myriad of unfounded conspiracy theories as the man’s family – and the truth – hang in the balance.

I’m Not a Nazi – A women recounts her journey to becoming a mouthpiece for white nationalist hate speech, work that culminates in high-profile violence and murder.

Sextortion – Several women recall their harrowing experiences with one man’s heinous attempts at virtual blackmail, aimed at obtaining sensitive sexual material.

The Stingray, Part 1 – From counterfeit Beanie Babies to very real tax fraud: Two skilled hackers revisit the cyber schemes that landed them in the sights of law enforcement.

The Stingray, Part 2 – The FBI escalates its pursuit of an elusive hacker, but he soon turns the tables by questioning the legality of a key tool in their investigation.

Watch the official trailer for Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet.

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