SCAM

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
Australia Today

Seniors in Australia Keep Getting Swindled by a Line Dancing Scam

Retirees have allegedly been duped out thousands to attend and compete in dancing competitions that never happened.
Gavin Butler
4.2.19
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
3.20.19
Hacking

Former Hacking Team Members Are Now Spying on the Blockchain for Coinbase

Coinbase said it's aware of the Neutrino founders' controversial past, but their technology is the best the major exchange has encountered.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.26.19
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
2.7.19
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
Film

Behind the Scenes of Netflix's 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
1.17.19
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
SIM Hijacking

SIM Swapping Victims Who Lost Millions Are Pressuring Telcos to Protect Their Customers

A small group of victims of SIM swapping hacks is trying to raise awareness, teach people about the scam, and put pressure on cell phone providers to step up their efforts against cybercriminals.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.8.19
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