Scams and Schemes

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I spent last weekend watching all the documentaries ever made on the Fyre Festival and I wanted more!  I couldn’t believe this thing went down!  I enjoyed watching the Netflix one first then the Hulu one if you haven’t seen them yet and want to catch up this weekend. Since I haven’t heard about any other Fyre Festival documentaries coming out any time soon and since Ryan Murphy still hasn’t announced “American Crime Story: Fyre Festival” (I am trying to will it to happen), I had to get my scam fix somewhere else.

Someone recently posted about a new book they were reading Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup and I was instantly intrigued!  It tells the true story of Theranos, the startup that was a scam from the beginning.  I immediately bought it on Audible (because I am currently in school and reading three different books plus a Shakespearean play all at once and want to give my eyes a break! But, also, I am lazy ha ha!). I LOVE Audible because I can catch up on all of the good books while on my walks or while crafting at home.  If you’re not willing to give up 11 hours and 37 minutes of your life to listen to this audio book then I suggest you tune into the Podcast. YES! There is a podcast on the same subject and it’s already so good. In fact, here are the three scam riddled podcast that are weaning me off my Fyre Festival high:

  1. The Drop Out “Tells the story of the rise and fall of former Silicon Valley daring Elizabeth Holes, the youngest self-made female billionaire. She dropped out Stanford to launch her company Theranos — claiming her technology could detect hundreds of diseases from a drop or two of blood. If it worked, she would have changed healthcare forever.
  2. The Dream “What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. … Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission.”
  3. Dirty John “Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome mane who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.”

I hope you have a good weekend!


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