SCAMMERS

coffee

The 'Fyre Festival of French Press' Crowdfunded $3 Million But Never Delivered

After three fully funded campaigns, Rite Press says it's running out of money and just needs a little more.
Bettina Makalintal
2.14.19
Instagram

Scammers Are Filing Fake Trademarks to Steal High-Value Instagram Accounts

Scammers don't only hack Instagram accounts. Sometimes they just provide Instagram with some paperwork.
Joseph Cox
2.12.19
YouTube

A Scammer Used YouTube’s Copyright System to Ransom Creators

By submitting fake copyright “flags” a scammer demanded hundreds of dollars via Paypal or Bitcoin and even managed to get past YouTube’s anti-abuse team.
Jack Hauen
2.7.19
pay up

Scammers Threaten to Review Bomb a Travel Company Unless it Pays Ransom

Twitter bots, fake reviews, and Instagram comments are the tools of a black hat SEO extortion attempt.
Joseph Cox
8.28.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

How Cherries Took Down America's Most Wanted 'Deadbeat Dad'

The scammer, who dodged child support for two decades, was just sentenced to two years in prison.
Mack Lamoureux
8.23.18
Desus & Mero

This Woman Claims She Can Talk to Animals Like Dr. Dolittle

Meet the animal whisperer doing very little to convince people she can talk to animals.
Sarah Bellman
5.15.18
VICE Specials

How a Credit Card Scammer Makes Thousands in Cash a Day

VICE met up with a full-time scammer for a look inside the shady, lucrative world of stealing credit card info on the dark web.
VICE Staff
4.11.18
scams

Ethereum Scammers Posing as Tech Celebrities Are Running Rampant On Twitter

Not even Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin, is immune.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.23.18
Internet Insecurity

The Self-Proclaimed Equifax Hackers Are Likely Nothing More Than Amateur Scammers

The alleged hackers already got their dark web site and email suspended over suspicions that they’re not really who they claim to be.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.11.17
Don't Be A Fool

Scammers Are Targeting Naive Bitcoin Owners With Terribly Simple Trick

PSA: don’t give anyone your Bitcoin private key.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.6.17
roommates

All the People You Meet When Looking for a New Roommate

House-hunting is just as hard as dating.
Graham Isador
6.27.17
We Can See you

A Porn Bot Sprung a Leak and We Got to See What Was Behind It

Porn bots are as much a part of Twitter as subtweets. Now, a leaky server provides a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.
Joseph Cox
6.2.17
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