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The Last Victim : A serial con man. The ultimate betrayal. An unbreakable woman. The full story behind the relationship made famous by the hit podcast Who the Hell is Hamish? - Tracy Hall

The Last Victim

A serial con man. The ultimate betrayal. An unbreakable woman. The full story behind the relationship made famous by the hit podcast Who the Hell is Hamish?

By: Tracy Hall, Summer Land

Paperback | 1 May 2024 | Edition Number 1

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In 2017, Tracy Hall's life went from fact to fiction overnight when she discovered the man she'd been dating for nearly two years, Max, was actually one of Australia's most prolific con men - Hamish McLaren. Also known as Hamish Watson. Also known as Hamish Maxwell.

Suddenly 'Max' was gone, along with the $317,000 in life savings Tracy had given him to invest. As for her ability to trust? Hamish had stolen that too.


Through speaking with investigators and playing an instrumental role in The Australian's hit podcast, Who the Hell is Hamish?, Tracy would soon discover she was not Hamish's only victim - just his last. Hamish, and his Colgate-commercial-worthy smile, had been honing his confidence game for decades.

The Last Victim shares the full story of what happened before, during, and after Tracy unknowingly swiped right on a man who'd reportedly swindled people around the world out of an estimated $70 million through investment and business scams.

Fast-paced and empowering, The Last Victim is in many ways a warning siren because, as Tracy shows, it doesn't matter where you're from, how you were raised and educated, or how intuitive you think you are - anyone can fall victim to a scam. At the same time, it's searing, defiant proof that it is possible to create an even better life after experiencing the ultimate emotional and financial betrayal.

About the Authors

Tracy Hall is an author, keynote speaker and senior marketing executive. Over the last 25 years, Tracy has had extensive exposure to start-ups, large corporations and global tech brands in Australia and the US, including Virgin Mobile, eBay, Go Daddy and Afterpay. Tracy loves leading teams to deliver brand, growth and customer marketing communications programs that have a strong commercial drive to deliver impactful business results. She frequently consults for smaller companies and not-for-profits needing brand, content and growth marketing strategies. In 2019, Tracy made a name for herself as Hamish McLaren's famous 'last victim' thanks to her role in The Australian's podcast, Who the Hell is Hamish? Today, Tracy writes and speaks publicly about intimate fraud, romance scams, white-collar crime, victim mindsets, resilience and humanity's need to rethink how we trust. By sharing her personal stories about falling prey to one of the world's most infamous con men and having to take a crash course in 'resilience' after losing her father to leukemia and watching her mum battle breast cancer, Tracy is living her mission of embracing and normalising vulnerability while helping others heed the warning signs of intimate and financial betrayal. The Last Victim is her first book.

Summer Land is an author, ghostwriter, copywriter, podcaster, keynote speaker and moderator. Known for her sharp wit, intense curiosity and deeply empathetic nature, Summer has ghostwritten over ten books including The Mindful High Performer (Chelsea Pottenger), Acting Up (Lynne McGranger), A Joyful Life (Rosemary Kariuki) and Aussie Ark (Tim Faulkner). Summer's first book, Summerlandish: Do as I Say, Not as I Did, was published in 2013, which earned her a nomination for Cosmopolitan's "Fun Fearless Female Award" and garnered praise from 2014 Stella Prize winner, Clare Wright, who wrote, 'Summer Land is Gen Y's answer to Bill Bryson.' Her second book, I Now Pronounce You Husband and Expat was published in 2019. As a freelance writer, moderator and keynote mindfulness speaker, Summer has had pieces featured in publications such as Mamamia and TIME Motto , participated in numerous Australian readers' and writers' festivals and has presented mindful communication and connection keynotes to companies such as eBay, Moet Hennessy and Seven Network.

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