“Army Rangers killed her parents. A Marine is raising her in America. But her Afghan family says she was taken under false pretenses.”
Tens of thousands of people from across Asia have been coerced into participating in well-organized schemes that defraud people in the U.S. and around the world out of millions of dollars. Cezary Podkul’s investigation takes us deep into both sides of the operation: He tells the harrowing account of Fan, a young man from China, […]
Five stories that demonstrate we’re living in the golden age of the personal hoax.
“The future that debt chose for me — indeed the future it chooses for many people — included a lot of shame, confusion, and pain.”
“Academia is an industry, like journalism, that defines itself in large part by its ethical standards; we’re supposed to educate people and produce knowledge. So what does it mean that we’re also a haven for fakes?”
“Then, after he was done seeing patients for the day, he’d begin his other work. The work no one could find out about. The work that would destroy his life, along with hundreds of others.”
What does it mean to perform race for a white audience?
“…these emails paint a portrait of a platform whose creators are fundamentally unable to track what goes on within it, and point to easily exploitable loopholes that scammers have steamed their way through by the truckload.”
Oh by the way, Airbnb makes money on cancellations, too.
Robocalls are a scourge, and it’s only a matter of time before the technology learns to spoof your mother’s voice.