“All I wanted was a status symbol. What I got was a $31,000 lesson in the downside of payment apps.”
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This edition highlights stories by Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, David Gauvey Herbert, Kit Chellel, Ashley Stimpson, and Nate Rogers.
“Richard Walter was hailed as a genius criminal profiler. How did he get away with his fraud for so long?”
“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, […]
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“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?”