YouTuber Karl Rock, who makes videos about scammers in India (where he lives), went to Dubai to make videos about counterfeit goods sellers and members of fake begging rings. My favorite is the bold guy trying to sell fake Ray-Bans to Rock. He insists they are the real thing and doesn't even mind being recorded by Rock. When Rock cheerfully but firmly tells the seller that the glasses are fake, the seller boasts that they are "first copy," which means they are fake but of high quality.
Writer/journalist Andrew Liptak has spent years covering the nerd culture beat, and in a recent edition of his Transfer Orbit nerd culture newsletter, he uncovers a fascinating if frustrating scam rooted in Amazon's Audible self-publishing platform, ACX. The way it's supposed to work is: Authors or Audio Rights Holders post up their project and narrators… READ THE REST
Professional glitterbomber Mark Rober did some detective work to track down a massive U.S.-India scammer ring. He explains how this kind of scammer preys on people and tricks them into sending over $10,000 in cash. READ THE REST
Last year, I wrote about BeenVerified's analysis of scam phone calls. Using data from more than 200,000 reports across the US, they determined that Social Security scams were 23 times more common than they had been in previous years, comprising nearly 10% of all spam calls in 2019. The public data directory site has just… READ THE REST
Video conferencing has become a necessity, as working from home has grown by 173% since 2005. With all of these people working from home, virtual backgrounds during video calls have never been more important. A virtual background is the easiest way to avoid cleaning up your messy office, add some creativity to your boring work call, and… READ THE REST
Whether it's a music festival or your buddy's backyard, a little cannabis never fails to bring people together. But your purse and backpack simply aren't designed to carry delicate smoking accessories, like rolling papers or filters, and if these things get damaged, your good time is bound to be a bummer. No matter where you're… READ THE REST
Just because you know how to whip up a mean spaghetti bolognese doesn't mean you have what it takes to open a successful restaurant. The same can be said with business and software development — the two are based in somewhat different wheelhouses but go hand in hand in a wide range of industries. Whether… READ THE REST