This Kid Lived Leo DiCaprio’s Life From Catch Me If You Can
Did you watch the Leonardo DiCaprio film Catch Me If You Can, and think, "Gee, that's a great idea. I think I'm going to try that, because Leo makes fraud seem fun!" Well apparently one Scottish kid thought exactly that, and started living the high life, con-artist style.Read on...
New Jersey Bars Busted Selling Rubbing Alcohol and Dirty Water as Top Shelf Booze
It's a fairly common practice for unscrupulous bar owners to fill bottles of expensive, top shelf booze with the cheap stuff to raise their profit margins. As if that practice isn't unpleasant enough, 29 New Jersey bars and restaurants -- almost half of them T.G.I Friday's locations -- just got busted for filling bottles of pricey booze with cheaper alternatives including dirty water and rubbing alcohol.Read on...
Pirate Bay Co-Founder Facing New, and Somewhat Vague, Fraud Allegations
As if his new life in a Swedish prison for allegedly hacking the tax records of Swedish company Logica weren't bad enough, The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg ("anakata" to his pirate friends) is now facing additional suspicions of aggravated fraud and attempted aggravated fraud. While the they are currently considered only "suspicions" and not "charges," that's all officials need to detain someone indefinitely because that's how they do things in Sweden.Read on...
Scientists Aren’t Dumb; They’re Just Liars, Say Totally Reputable Scientists
Scientific papers being retracted after publication isn't some kind of new phenomenon. The age of press releases might have made such snafus a more widely-known event, but it's one of those things that happens from time to time. Common wisdom was that the majority of retractions were due to errors present in the work, but a new study has concluded that it's actually misconduct like fraud or plagiarism that causes most retractions. In other words, scientists aren't dumb; they're just liars.Read on...
Impersonating Someone On the Internet Is Now A Misdemeanor in CaliforniaCalifornia Senate Bill 1411 went into effect yesterday, adding criminal and civil penalties to the act of impersonating a person online. Specifically,
to knowingly and without consent credibly impersonate another person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means with the intent to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud another person.Sounds great for identity theft. But, as TechCrunch points out, the bill does not address satiric or parodic impersonations a la Fake Steve Jobs.Read on...