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“As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything”: My Bright-Lights Misadventure with a Magician of Manhattan | Vanity Fair
She walked into my life in Gucci sandals and Céline glasses, and showed me a glamorous, frictionless world of hotel living and Le Coucou dinners and infrared saunas and Moroccan vacations. And then she made my $62,000 disappear.
AnnaDelvey  personalaccount  fraud  NewYork  Marrakech  VanityFair  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation | The New Yorker
A P.R. company that worked with dictators and oligarchs deliberately inflamed racial tensions in South Africa—and destroyed itself in the process.
BellPottinger  publicrelations  profile  review  Guptas  SouthAfrica  fraud  fakenews  critique  decline  NewYorker  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Venmo scammer walks away with $125,000 of Yeezys, iPhones, and more - The Verge
How an LA-based Venmo scammer walked away with $125,000 of Yeezys, iPhones, and more
Venmo  mobilepayments  fraud  review  critique  crime  USA  TheVerge  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower - The New York Times
But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. Since 2012, the country has retracted more scientific papers because of faked peer reviews than all other countries and territories put together, according to Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks and seeks to publicize retractions of research papers.
science  research  fraud  review  critique  China  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The Hijacking of a $100 Million Supertanker
piracy  crime  fraud  murder  BrillanteVirtuoso  shipping  review  Bloomberg  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
An Unprecedented Heist Hijacked a Brazilian Bank’s Entire Online Operation | WIRED
THE TRADITIONAL MODEL of hacking a bank isn’t so different from the old-fashioned method of robbing one. Thieves get in, get the goods, and get out. But one enterprising group of hackers targeting a Brazilian bank seems to have taken a more comprehensive and devious approach: One weekend afternoon, they rerouted all of the bank’s online customers to perfectly reconstructed fakes of the bank’s properties, where the marks obediently handed over their account information.
banking  hacking  security  fraud  review  Brazil  Wired  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
The Deliciously Fishy Case of the "Codfather" | Mother Jones
New England’s seafood industry is in deep trouble—thanks in no small part to one mogul’s seriously shady business.
fisheries  regulation  fraud  Codfather  review  NewEngland  USA  MotherJones  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
QR code scams highlight security weaknesses in China's wallet apps
The QR code rules supreme in China. You can pay for almost anything with it: street food, toilet paper, a lobster dinner, a foot massage. You can even use it to socialize. At networking sessions, it’s not uncommon to scan someone’s WeChat QR code instead of giving them your business card.

But after an incident last week involving fraudulent QR codes and US$13 million of stolen money, the security of China’s most popular offline-to-online tool is coming under fresh scrutiny.

“Some criminals paste their own QR codes over the original ones to illicitly obtain money, as ordinary consumers simply cannot tell the difference,” wrote China Daily, a state-owned English media site, in an op-ed.

“That is why we are powerless to prevent QR codes from being used for fraudulent activities, and that is precisely why the enterprises using QR codes should assume their share of the responsibility for protection.”
QRcode  mobilepayments  security  fraud  review  China  TechinAsia  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
How Video Finally Proved That Cops Lie
For much of modern American history, police officers were considered, by most judges and jurors, to be the most reliable narrators in a courtroom — professional and neutral arbiters of facts. The increasing prevalence of camera footage eroded that bedrock of the justice system, wiping out powers long held by law enforcement. Within the last half decade, a new reality has set in for cops, lawyers, and judges: Videos have replaced police reports and testimony as the most credible version of events, proving time and again, with increasing frequency, that police officers lie.
police  CCTV  fraud  bodycameras  critique  review  USA  Buzzfeed  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
The Ad Contrarian: Why Ad Fraud Thrives
Their agencies aren't protecting them. It's not that agencies are complicit in the fraud, it's just that as the chart above shows, they have no incentive to do anything about it. As long as clients keep pressing them for lower and lower rates they'll continue to use programmatic methods for buying crappier and crappier crap i.e., fraudulent traffic.
onlineadvertising  fraud  critique  review  incentives  AdContrarian  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Fraud in Silicon Valley: Startups Show Their Unethical Underside
Fraud is not new in tech, of course. Longtime investors remember when MiniScribe shipped actual bricks inside its hard-disk boxes in an inventory accounting scam in the 1980s. The ’90s and early aughts brought WorldCom, Enron, and the dot-bombs. But today more money is sloshing around ($73 billion in venture capital invested in U.S. startups in 2016, compared with $45 billion at the peak of the dotcom boom, according to PitchBook), there’s less transparency as companies stay private longer (174 private companies are each worth $1 billion or more), and there’s an endless supply of legal gray areas to exploit as technology invades every sector, from fintech and med-tech to auto-tech and ed-tech.
startup  venturecapital  fraud  ethics  review  critique  Theranos  Zenefits  HamptonCreek  FaradayFuture  HyperloopOne  Fortune  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
The Rise And Fall Of Deutsche Bank’s “Wiz” Kid
Mastermind or scapegoat, Tim Wiswell was at the heart of the bank’s $10 billion mirror-trade scandal.
DeutscheBank  fraud  banking  TimWiswell  Russia  Bloomberg  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Dentsu: Japan’s master of the message —
Revelations that the marketing group overcharged for online ads exposes difficult digital evolution
Dentsu  profile  critique  monopoly  advertising  fraud  media  celebrity  Japan  FinancialTimes  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
The great wine fraud | Global | The Guardian
Rudy Kurniwan amassed a vast fortune trading in rare wines. Trouble is, he was bottling them himself. Ed Cumming reports on a vintage swindle
wine  fraud  RudyKurniwan  forgery  USA  Guardian  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Ad Fraud: Digital’s Newest Bad Guy - comScore, Inc
Several years ago we, as an industry, asked ourselves: should a non-viewable impression be considered a valid one? After countless industry discussions, analyses, and studies, we concluded the answer to this question is an unequivocal “no.” After all, if an ad is not seen, then it can’t possibly do its job of having an impact on the consumer. 
onlineadvertising  onlinevideo  fraud  invalidtraffic  nonhumantraffic  research  review  critique  guide  Comscore  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Uber’s battle for China - Financial Times
The car-hailing app has disrupted taxi and transport companies around the world. But in China – home to hundreds of millions of urban commuters – it is losing $1bn a year in an aggressive fight for market share.
ridesharing  China  Uber  subsidies  competition  fraud  partnership  Lyft  Ola  Grab  FinancialTimes  2016  DidiChuxing 
june 2016 by inspiral
Blockchain Company's Smart Contracts Were Dumb - Bloomberg View
On the other hand, to the humans who read the English descriptions of the DAO and invested their money based on their reasonable expectations, their losses probably do seem like a problem. You can't really base the financial system of the future on computers rather than humans, on trusting to immutable code no matter what happens. Financial systems are supposed to work for humans. If the code rips off the humans, something has gone wrong.
Ethereum  smartcontracts  DAO  fraud  review  Bloomberg  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Vote Leave quietly delete its fake ‘register to vote’ page after being exposed | Political Scrapbook
The Vote Leave campaign today quietly deleted a misleading page on its website that was advertised on Google if Britons searched for ‘Register to vote’ for the EU Referendum

The page was linked to from a Google search ad, and gave the impression Britons could register to vote in the EU Referendum through that page.

Someone fooled by the ad told Political Scrapbook it was in place a week ago.

But the link was not to the official Electoral Commission page and would not register a potential voter.

Users who entered their information were simply added to the Vote Leave mailing list, but not the electoral register.
EuropeanUnion  Brexit  fraud  VoteLeave  critique  PoliticalScrapbook  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How fake news sites frequently trick big-time journalists - Columbia Journalism Review
A few sites posing as legitimate news organizations, including one that crudely imitates ABC News’ logo and web address, first published the bunk Jordan story. From there it spread to other media outlets, like Metro US, Elite Daily, and the Dallas Voice. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel even weaponized the false claim in an editorial against North Carolina’s law. For what felt like the millionth time, fake news sites—the kind that say they’re satirical but are nothing like The Onion—had duped journalists into buying a bogus story.
journalism  webjournalism  fraud  false  review  USA  ColumbiaJournalismReview  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
10 Reasons Why InsurTech Is Going to Be Important | Let's Talk Payments
Technology spending in the global insurance industry is estimated to be around $189 billion. By 2019, the spending industry is expected to reach $205 billion. The IT spending ratio of insurance companies as a percentage of premiums has not changed to a great extent. Insurance companies currently spend about 3.8% of their direct written premium on information technology. The average spending by insurance companies has comparatively reduced in the last four years. There are around 700–800 InsurTech firms globally which are addressing the requirements of the $4.5-trillion insurance industry but the state of InsurTech is at a stage of infancy. New exciting business models to take over the insurance industry such as microinsurance and pay-as-you-go insurance have emerged. What will truly change the nature of the industry is the shift from complex, long-term insurance products to the fractions of insurance for a particular moment, time and miles count. The new opportunities are tied to mobile devices and time-efficiency. 
insurtech  insurance  opportunity  innovation  loyalty  dataanalytics  bigdata  blockchain  peertopeer  benchmarking  wearablecomputing  internetofthings  payperuse  security  fraud  API  review  LetsTalkPayments  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare | WIRED
ONE THURSDAY IN January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth he was a hacker, part of an Eastern European gang that had been raiding US companies and carrying out extortion and fraud. A wave of such attacks was portending a new kind of cold war, between the US and organized criminals in the former Soviet bloc, and Popov, baby-faced and pudgy, with glasses and a crew cut, was about to become the conflict’s first defector.
hacking  Ukraine  security  FBI  MaksymIgorPopov  profile  USA  creditcards  fraud  Wired  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Offshore in central London: the curious case of 29 Harley Street | Oliver Bullough | Business | The Guardian
Public discussion about offshore tends to focus on the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands or Panama: sunny places for shady people; remote countries full of dodgy money. But if 29 Harley Street tells us anything, it is that offshore isn’t a place, it’s an idea. Formations House is about as offshore as a place can be, and our government appears powerless to bring it back onshore again.
fraud  offshore  HarleyStreet  London  Guardian  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
A Fake Interview With Ukraine’s ‘President’ Points to Deeper Intrigue - The New York Times
The intrigue began last week when The New York Times received a letter on official-looking stationery marked “President of Ukraine.”

The letter was addressed to the paper’s executive editor, Dean Baquet (though he was referred to as Mr. Baquet Dean), and complained about an editorial that faulted President Petro O. Poroshenko for failing to make good on pledges to prosecute corruption. The letter was forwarded to the newspaper’s editorial board, which writes editorials.
PetroOPoroshenko  Ukraine  Russia  fraud  letter  review  NYTimes  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Say No To The Dress - BuzzFeed News
Using images stolen from across the web, sketchy retailers are selling ultra-discounted clothes to women on Facebook. A BuzzFeed News investigation shows many are linked to one of China’s richest men.
GlobalEgrow  DressLily  RoseGal  FashionMia  fashion  clothing  fraud  ecommerce  China  USA  direct  review  Buzzfeed  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The fight against food fraud -
It is after the fish is bought in these blocks that the supply chain control is lost. So a fish that was “caught 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland has been to China, has been to South Korea, and probably been to a couple of countries in between. What arrives back in a port in Scotland is a 7.5kg block of fish and you’re told, ‘That’s cod.’” A number of different fish frauds can be committed — Elliott calls them the “sins of sea fish” — substituting species, bulking up fillets with salty water, switching bulk catch for line-caught labels, deceiving on quotas.
food  fraud  crime  globalisation  InstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity  UK  Netherlands  FinancialTimes  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The Fake Traffic Schemes That Are Rotting the Internet - Bloomberg Business
Ad fraud may eventually turn into a manageable nuisance like shoplifting, something that companies learn to control without ever eradicating. Advertisers generally see lower levels of fraudulent traffic by dealing directly with publishers rather than using programmatic exchanges. Of course, that also means missing out on the scale that automation provides. Sites such as Facebook, with its billion-plus users, are relatively bot-free, if expensive, places to run an ad. Earlier this year, Facebook said advertisers would have to pay only when their ads are actually seen by humans.
onlineadvertising  bots  fraud  programmaticbuying  review  critique  Bloomberg  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Report: $18.5 Billion Will Be Lost To Ad Fraud In 2015 | Digital - AdAge
As digital spend continues to reach landmark highs -- it hit $27.5 billion for the first half of 2015 – so does ad fraud, which is now estimated to cost the industry about $18.5 billion annually, according to a report released Thursday by Distil Networks.
That means for every $3 spent, $1 is going to ad fraud.
onlineadvertising  fraud  effectiveness  critique  review  Forensiq  AdvertisingAge  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Sham journals scam authors : Nature News & Comment
Scientific publishing, meet cybercrime. Two reputable European science journals have fallen prey to identity theft by criminals who have created counterfeit journal websites. These online doppel­gängers have duped hundreds of researchers into paying author fees, with the ill-won gains being funnelled to Armenia.
academia  publishing  fraud  Nature  2013 
february 2016 by inspiral
Nearly one million investors may have been fleeced in China’s latest Ponzi scheme - Quartz
Twenty one executives from China’s largest peer-to-peer money lending platform have been arrested, on suspicion of fleecing investors of 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion).
Police allege that the senior management of Ezubao stole that much from 900,000 investors nationwide, which would make it China’s largest-ever case of investor fraud, by both cash value and the number of victims. By number of victims, it would be the largest Ponzi scheme in the world.
peertopeerlending  fraud  China  Quartz  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
How the internet misled you in 2015 - BBC News
It was another busy year for journalists debunking fake or misleading images on social media.
journalism  fraud  BBC  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Great Expectations: The Economic Argument for Quality in Advertising | Re/code
The simplest way for buyers and sellers to avoid the consequences of bad advertising inventory is to only trade in high-quality exchanges, which are open, transparent and rigorously monitored.
programmaticbuying  onlineadvertising  fraud  quality  audit  Recode  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Exxon Mobil under state investigation over climate change research | The Verge
Oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil is the target of a new state investigation that seeks to determine whether the company deliberately misled the public about the risks of climate change. The New York Times reports that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena to the company on Wednesday, in which he demanded access to financial records, emails, and other documentation, dating back to the late 1970s.
ExxonMobil  research  fraud  climatechange  critique  petroleum  TheVerge  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Stephen Harper: master manipulator | Nick Davies | World news | The Guardian
Despite several scandals worthy of Watergate over the past decade, Stephen Harper could win a fourth Canadian election next week. Can the master manipulator work his dark magic? By Nick Davies
StephenHarper  Canada  politics  elections  fraud  critique  Guardian  2015 
october 2015 by inspiral
Dirty secrets | The Economist
Volkswagen’s falsification of pollution tests opens the door to a very different car industry
Volkswagen  pollution  emissions  regulation  fraud  critique  Economist  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
'Zombie Fans' Are Quietly Stalking WeChat | Global News - Advertising Age
"Zombie fans" is the term used for fake followers that lurk on Chinese social media; such an infestation hit microblogging service Weibo and hurt the platform's credibility. But there are mindless, soulless followers haunting powerful app WeChat too, though they're not as obvious.
WeChat  Weibo  socialmedia  China  critique  Fraud  AdvertisingAge  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
The Tenant from Hell
how a serial fraudster took advantage of Toronto’s red-hot real estate market
Toronto  realestate  fraud  TorontoLife  2015 
august 2015 by inspiral
Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Currency Manipulation, Agree to Pay $5.6 Billion in Fines - The Atlantic
A settlement between five big financial companies and the federal government shows traders blithely and openly discussing their misdeeds.
Libor  banking  fraud  critique  Barclays  Citigroup  JPMorganChase  RBS  TheAtlantic  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
The Kickback That Killed Brazil | Foreign Policy
Itaboraí was once a petro-boomtown; it’s now an empty shell. How the Petrobras mega-scandal is destroying ordinary lives and bringing down the rich and powerful.
Petrobras  corruption  Brazil  fraud  Politics  ForeignPolicy  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
A Billion-Dollar Mirage - The New Yorker
An American banker, a Saudi billionaire, and a financial collapse that stunned the Middle East.
TIBC  fraud  banking  Bahrain  SaudiArabia  NewYorker  2015 
april 2015 by inspiral
Venmo security: It’s not as strong as the company wants you to think.
The mobile-payment service is trendy, easy to use, and growing fast. But is it safe?
Venmo  mobilepayments  security  customerservice  critique  fraud  Slate  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
Top Five Trends for Payments in 2015 - BAI | Banking Strategies
2015 will see more momentum on mobile wallets, continuing progress on next generation payments initiatives and more focus on fraud and risk controls.
payments  trends  mobilepayments  convergence  cryptocurrencies  omnichannel  fraud  risk  BAI  2015 
february 2015 by inspiral
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone
Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking
JPMorgan  fraud  whistleblower  AlayneFleischmann  banking  financialcrisis  USA  RollingStone  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
CIFAS - Identity crime figures (8 Oct 2014)
Data driven identity crimes - frauds carried out using a victim’s identity details to obtain new accounts or take over existing ones - accounted for over 45% of all the confirmed frauds identified in the first three quarters of 2014. These figures continue the pattern seen in recent years, underlining the severity of the challenge facing consumers and businesses equally.
fraud  banking  identity  statistics  CIFAS  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise - The Daily Beast
When art enthusiasts go shopping for original Warhols, Picassos, and Basquiats on eBay, they are easy prey for forgers and scam artists.
art  fraud  ebay  TheDailyBeast  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
The Great Unwatched -
By many estimates, more than half of online video ads are not seen, either because they are buried low on web pages or run in tiny, easily ignored video players on those pages, or run simultaneously with other ads. Vindico, an ad management platform company, deemed 57 percent of two billion video ads surveyed over two months to be “unviewable.”
onlineadvertising  onlinevideo  onlinevideoadvertising  media  fraud  critique  NYTimes  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Letter from Italy: Slippery Business : The New Yorker
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
2007  food  oliveoil  fraud  NewYorker  Italy 
may 2013 by inspiral
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