The hottest Scams Substack posts right now

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The Honest Broker • 21443 implied HN points • 21 Feb 24
  1. Impersonation scams are evolving, with AI being used to create fake authors and books to mislead readers.
  2. Demand for transparency in AI usage can help prevent scams and maintain integrity in content creation.
  3. Experts are vulnerable to having their hard-earned knowledge and work exploited by AI, highlighting the need for regulations to protect against such misuse.
2nd Smartest Guy in the World • 4658 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Vivek Ramaswamy made millions from biotech companies that failed, leading to accusations of running a Ponzi Scheme.
  2. Ramaswamy has been critiquing corporations engaging in what he calls 'socially conscious investing' as a threat to America's well-being.
  3. Despite accusations and controversies, Ramaswamy's net worth has been estimated to be over $950 million, raising questions about his business practices.
Metacurity • 1434 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. The New York Attorney General sued Citibank for insufficient data security measures and failure to address scams.
  2. Citibank is accused of not doing enough to prevent unauthorized account takeovers and misleading customers about their rights after being hacked.
  3. The lawsuit alleges that Citibank has overpromised and underdelivered on security measures and failed to respond to red flags.
Richard Lewis • 1120 implied HN points • 20 Jan 24
  1. Esports can be a world of hustles and scams, attracting both opportunists and grifters.
  2. Overwatch 2 and the Overwatch League faced significant challenges and failures in 2023.
  3. The Overwatch esports league experienced financial troubles and controversies, ultimately leading to its downfall.
Shatter Zone • 4618 implied HN points • 18 Jul 23
  1. Fake kidnapping stories are prevalent in media due to their viral nature, not necessarily because they reflect real threats.
  2. Some individuals fabricate kidnapping stories online to gain followers or spread fear, contributing to misinformation and scams.
  3. Stories of kidnapping and human trafficking can be easily sensationalized and exploited for engagement on social media, leading to real-world consequences like paranoia and scams.
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David Friedman’s Substack • 125 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Technology has enabled a variety of scams, like mass production blackmail and forged evidence threats, taking advantage of a large number of people at a low cost.
  2. Legal and computer service scams are becoming more prevalent, with scammers using tactics like phone calls offering legal help after accidents or fake tech support from companies like Microsoft.
  3. Advanced technology like deepfake videos and ransomware pose serious risks, as seen in cases where fraudsters used deepfake technology to trick workers into transferring large sums of money or when victims are extorted for payments to decrypt their files.
Daniel Pinchbeck’s Newsletter • 11 implied HN points • 08 Mar 24
  1. Generative AI has the potential for positive impacts like scientific breakthroughs, but its negatives such as military misuse and media disruption may outweigh the benefits.
  2. The influx of fake content, scams, and deep fakes created by AI poses serious challenges, leading to a digital garbage dump on the internet.
  3. While AI can enable innovative capabilities like text-to-video technology, the sheer volume of content may lead to apathy and lack of creativity in media production.
Technology Made Simple • 79 implied HN points • 18 Mar 23
  1. Influencers often sell false promises to make money, especially in fields like AI and machine learning.
  2. Scam courses claim to provide huge returns with minimal effort or investment, but in reality, expertise is developed through practice and experience.
  3. Beware of 'super simple' methods that promise quick success; if something is easy and profitable, there will be a lot of competition, driving down profits.
Technology Made Simple • 79 implied HN points • 24 Dec 22
  1. The Crypto Industry is plagued by frauds like SBF, but the root problem runs much deeper and extends beyond just cryptocurrencies.
  2. Mainstream media plays a significant role in perpetuating misinformation and misleading narratives, contributing to the success of individuals like SBF.
  3. To protect oneself from falling for scams, it's essential to critically evaluate products, look beyond social proof, and consider the utility and legitimacy of investment opportunities.
The Author Is Dumb • 1 implied HN point • 08 May 23
  1. Be wary of scams in the NFT and crypto space, especially concerning offers that seem too good to be true.
  2. Watch out for Instagram engagement tactics that may not be genuine, such as DM requests for promotion packages.
  3. Beware of NFT brokers who promise exposure to big investors but may push you into paying more without delivering results.
Rob’s Notes • 0 implied HN points • 27 Nov 23
  1. Beware of deepfake scams, especially those using 'celeb-bait' to lure victims into clicking or providing personal information.
  2. Platforms like Facebook and Google are working to remove deceptive ads and scams, but collaboration is needed to combat evolving tactics used by scammers.
  3. Avoid giving out personal information to suspicious websites or ads to protect yourself from potential financial scams and harassment.