SCAM

Social Media

I Faked My Way as an Instagram Poet, and It Went Bizarrely Well

I decided to find out whether Instagram poetry took real talent, or if the whole thing is a sham, by becoming the worst poet the internet has ever seen.
Andrew Lloyd
9.12.19
Culture

Hulu's New Theranos Series 'The Dropout' Will Star Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes

The series will be based on ABC Radio's podcast about the disgraced med-tech company.
Nicole Clark
4.10.19
tech

The Secret Trail of Money Behind Those Instagram Porn Bots

You've probably got used to ignoring them, but this is what happens if you click and keep on clicking.
Amelia Tait
3.26.19
Vice Guide to Right Now

Fyre Festival Merch Is Going on Sale to Pay Back Billy McFarland's $26 Million Debt

The US Marshal's Service is selling Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, and wristbands.
Bonnie Emmanuelle
3.21.19
Culture

'The Inventor' Doesn't Bring Anything New to Elizabeth Holmes's Story

Theranos profited off telling a juicy scammer tale. That story is still profitable, because we can't stop telling it.
Nicole Clark
3.21.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

This Lonely Man Tricked a Couple into Buying Him a Steak for Valentine's Day

Stephen Bonser pretended to be stood up at a chain restaurant all night, tweeting about it the entire evening, to see if somebody would cover a sad person's bill.
Alex Norcia
2.15.19
crime

Instagrammers Are Getting Scammed by a Mysterious 'Con Queen'

By imitating film directors, CEOs, and Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, some unknown woman is duping influencers out of thousands.
Nat Kassel
2.11.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Watch This Guy Allegedly Fake a Fall for Insurance Money and Fail Miserably

Is that really all you've got?
River Donaghey
2.1.19
Scams And Scammers

Influencer Caroline Calloway Isn't a Scammer, Just a Self-Obsessed Mess

I was obsessed with her, until I saw firsthand who she really is.
Genevieve Wheeler
1.17.19
Film

Inside the Making of the New Fyre Festival Documentary

"The thing that the founder, Billy, wanted more than anything – in my opinion – was to be in the middle of it all. He wanted to be The Guy."
Niloufar Haidari
1.16.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The Viral Homeless Vet GoFundMe That Raised $400K Was Allegedly a Scam

This story just keeps getting more messed up.
River Donaghey
11.15.18
Media

I Sent Fake Versions of Myself On TV and Everyone Fell for It

I'm no good at doing press for my shed story, so thought it might be fun to get some other people to do it instead.
Oobah Butler
10.17.18
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