Tag: scams

Fox hit with $179m (including $128m in punitive damages) judgment over shady bookkeeping on “Bones”

Fox has been ordered to pay $179m to profit participants on the longrunning TV show Bones; the judgment includes $128m in punitive damages because the aribitrator that heard the case found that Fox had concealed the show’s true earnings and its execs had lied under oath to keep the profit participants from getting their […]

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11 years in jail for ex-Veterans Affairs official in disabled vet fraud scheme

WASHINGTON — A former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official has been sentenced 11 years in prison for a $2 million bribery scheme involving a program for disabled military veterans. James King, 63, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to one count of honest services and money wire fraud, one count of bribery of a public […]

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Netherlands court strikes down Dutch grifter’s patent claim over Ethiopia’s ancient staple grain teff

Teff is one of the oldest grains to have been cultivated, a staple for so long that its original cultivation date is lost to history and can only be estimated at between 1000 and 4000 BCE; it is best known as the main ingredient in injera, the soft pancakes that are served with Ethiopian […]

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Fire (and lots of it): Berkeley researcher on the only way to fix cryptocurrency

reader comments 16 with 13 posters participating Share this story Nicholas Weaver made no bones about it: he really, really dislikes cryptocurrencies. Speaking at the Enigma security conference in Burlingame, California, last week, the researcher at UC Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute characterized bitcoin and its many follow-on digital currencies as energy-sucking leeches with no […]

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Trump’s pastor to flock: Give me your January salary or God will punish you

Donald Trump’s “prosperity gospel” spiritual advisor Paula White, a pastor who is reported to reside in an 8,000 square foot house and travel on a $2.6 million private jet, is commanding her congregation to cough up their January salaries to her or else God is seriously going to punish them so hard. Classic cult grift. […]

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Watch this trailer for the new Fyre Festival documentary!

The Fyre Festival documentary premieres on Netflix on January 18 and I can’t wait. If you remember the Fyre Festival, you definitely weren’t there… because, y’know, it didn’t happen. And I’m glad, because if it did, we wouldn’t have this fantastically ridiculous story. From NetFlix: Created by Billy McFarland and […]

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Megachurch pastor struggles to defend $200,000 Lamborghini purchase

A Lamborghini here, a Lamborghini there, sooner or later it starts to add up. A former pastor at the megachurch founded by “prosperity gospel”  superstar Joel Osteen is having a hard time defending his purchase of a $200,000 Lamborghini for his wife Aventer Gray, to celebrate their anniversary. This Houston Chronicle article detailing John Gray’s […]

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Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too

Enlarge / A partial screenshot of one of the scam profiles pushing an adult dating scam on Facebook. reader comments 23 Share this story Responding to critics in the US Congress and elsewhere who say Facebook isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of disinformation, the social network in recent days has purged hundreds of […]

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Anonymous stock-market manipulators behind $20B+ of “mispricing” can be tracked by their writing styles

In a new Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper, Columbia Law prof Joshua Mitts uses “stylometry” (previously) to track how market manipulators who publish false information about companies in order to profit from options are able to flush their old identities when they become notorious for misinformation and reboot them under new handles. […]

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WhatsApp vulnerability could be used to spread fake news and scam users

Cybersecurity researchers from Check Point have unearthed a vulnerability in WhatsApp that could allow attackers to trick users by intercepting messages and editing the content. This opens up the possibility of scamming people and spreading misinformation. According to Check Point, there are three methods that can be employed to fool WhatsApp users, outlined below: Changing […]

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Beware of Uber vomit fraud

Uber passengers say they are being charged $100 or more for cleaning up vomit from inside of cars even though they didn’t vomit during the ride. When they complain, Uber favors the drivers. From The Miami Herald: Several victims told el Nuevo Herald about their vomit fraud cases. “I requested an Uber from Wynwood to […]

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