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  1. screen time
    What YouTube Hustlers Can Teach Us About AIThese ethically challenged go-getters are bumping up against limits and questions that will soon feel familiar to everyone.
  2. crime
    Collision CourseThe car wrecks were staged. The injuries were real. Led by a charismatic rogue, one family bloodied itself to pocket $6 million.
  3. digital living
    How Serious Is Amazon About Stopping Fake Reviews?“The more money there is to be made, the more fraud we’re going to see concurrently with that growth.”
  4. scams
    How Trump Ripped Off the White House PhotographerWhen Trump found out a photographer was publishing a book on his presidency, he reportedly made millions by doing his own first and using her work.
  5. fraud
    18 Former NBA Players Charged in $3.9 Million Health-Care ScamSebastian Telfair, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, and Tony Allen were among those charged with conspiracy to commit health-care fraud.
  6. scams
    Scammers Phished More Than $100 Million From Facebook, GoogleAll you need is a misleading corporate name, some overseas bank accounts, and some legit-looking invoices.
  7. college admissions scandal
    The Most Bizarre Details From the College Cheating ScandalAn alleged scheme involving an email from Felicity Huffman that reads, “Ruh Ro!”
  8. college admissions scandal
    Of Course the College Admissions Scandal Has an NCAA AngleIn a way, it’s the strangest element of this thoroughly bizarre case.
  9. scams
    Happy Valentine’s Day: Romance Scams Cost People $143 Million Last YearAh, love.
  10. scams
    GoFundMe Scammer Girlfriend Says She Got Scammed, TooThe latest in the saga of the New Jersey trio who almost got away with a $402,000 con.
  11. scams
    Jacob Wohl Demonstrates the Limits of the Right-Wing Misinformation SystemJacob Wohl was easily sussed out because he developed in the hothouses of the right-wing fringe and couldn’t survive the harsh climes of reality.
  12. scams
    Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Sentenced to 6 Years in PrisonThe judge called him a “serial fraudster.”
  13. select all
    Insane Clown Posse Calls Out Shoddy Online Fur-Suit Retailer“Online sellers, how do they work?”
  14. select all
    Hhusali i7 Right Earbud: The Select All ReviewWe go all-in on the hottest new right-ear-exclusive gadget.
  15. GOP Bill Would Let Your Employer Demand to See Your Genetic InformationAnd then force you to mitigate your genetic liabilities, or else accept higher premiums on your health insurance.
  16. Trump Paid Legal Settlements With His Charity’s MoneyThe GOP nominee used $258,000 of Trump Foundation donations to settle lawsuits against his for-profit businesses, the Washington Post reports.
  17. Seller of Sketchy Vitamins to Address RNCGrifters have been a part of the conservative movement since its inception. With Trump’s nomination, they’re finally getting their moment in the spotlight.
  18. Bad People Created a Fake Fund-raiser for Queens Girl Killed in Car WreckThe people behind the scam tried to collect $10,000 from well-meaning strangers.
  19. crimes and misdemeanors
    Calvin Darden Jr. Charged in Maxim, Knicks ScamsHe was charged with wire fraud, less than a decade after his last conviction.
  20. stand clear of the closing doors
    Metro-North Workers Paid Overtime While Doing No Work for DaysIt’s almost impressive.
  21. the donald
    Donald Trump Sued for Running Scam UniversityAttendees paid between $1,495 and $35,000 for useless classes and mentorship programs.
  22. transportation
    Yellow Lights in NYC Might Be Out to Get YouAccording to a new class-action lawsuit.
  23. crimes and misdemeanors
    NYPD Affiliation for SaleLike everything in New York City, police union cards are being counterfeited.
  24. scams
    New York Lawyer Gives Up on Shady Lottery ClaimA confusing tale will end with no one collecting the Iowa millions.
  25. technology
    Old Billionaire Loses $548,725 Via E-mailA “Nigerian prince” is not to blame.
  26. crimes and misdemeanors
    Ten Arrested in $1 Billion Long Island Rail Road ‘Disability Mill’ ScamRailroad riches are no more.
  27. crimes and misdemeanors
    111 People Busted in Giant Queens-Based Identity-Theft RingConsumers lost $13 million in what could be the largest credit card fraud case ever.
  28. scams
    15,000 People Purchased ‘Acne-Curing’ Smartphone AppsJust in time for the start of the school year.
  29. scams
    New Yorkers Can Now Rent a Patch of GrassShould summer in the city more closely resemble summer in suburbia?
  30. debt
    Students: You Will Be in Debt Forever Unless You Write a Best-Selling BookAnd even then you could get screwed.
  31. scams
    Is Your Taxi Driver Learning How to Scam You at a Shady Garage Meet-Up?Maybe.
  32. terrible things
    Scammers Rob $42 Million Meant for Holocaust SurvivorsSeventeen conspirators have been charged.
  33. facebook
    Facebook Snagged in IKEA Promo HoaxYou will not be getting a $1,000 gift card any time soon.
  34. ballsy crimes
    Marc Dreier Breaks Parenting As Well As Federal LawsThe lawyer accused of running a fake hedge fund bribed his son with a $12 million treat.
  35. neighborhood watch
    Sadoff SpottedDisgraced financier Bernard Madoff was glimpsed smoking, being canoodled.
  36. neighborhood watch
    Slopies Too Savvy for Very Sophisticated Scam Artist’I said no and did not go downstairs to talk to him.’ Brilliant!
  37. in other news
    Teens Used Craigslist and Empty Promises of iPhones in Robbery RingFacebook-status-update-based crimes can only be next.
  38. in other news
    Yalie Scammer Causes Ivy League ShrieksA word to the wise: if you are a con man, do not get your gay boyfriend mad.
  39. the morning line
    Gee, Man • Friendly fire from fellow FBI men killed an agent in the middle of an operation in Readington, New Jersey. The Feds were taking down a gang of armed bank robbers, one of whom escaped and remains on the loose. [NYP] • David Bistricer of Clipper Equity, the thwarted would-be buyer of the Starrett City housing megacomplex, is back. This time, he cobbled together a camera-ready coalition: a lobbyist with Spitzer connections, an architect, and two black ministers. [NYT] • More awesomeness from Rudy Giuliani’s traveling road show: The presidential candidate began a stump speech in California with a Godfather impersonation, then referred to his wife as “a civilian, to use the old Mafia distinction.” Yeah, he’s a shoo-in. [amNY] • Geese are driving ducks out of Central Park, so the city is bringing in border collies to drive out the geese. Before we make a “who’s going to drive out the dogs” joke, let’s pause and reflect on the fact that there’s a company called Geese Police Inc. on the city payroll. [NYT] • And a strong contestant for the dumbest con ever: An unemployed Brooklynite siphoned off $3.6 million from a city account at JPMorgan Chase (by rigging up 604 individual electronic transfers), spent it through Jewelry TV, then tried to pawn the baubles for cash. [NYDN]