If you’re looking to make your brain work better, you have plenty of options. You can start sleeping better, invest in a juicer, spend time at a decent gym. Or—if you’re pressed for time—you can pop a bunch of pills. Amphetamine, in the form of Adderall, has been wiring people for years, as have Ritalin and newer drugs like Vyvanse and Provigil, each with their own special set of side effects. All of these drugs require a prescription, which does somewhat limit access to them. But in recent years, fueled by the fervor of enhancement-obsessed online communities and an economic arrangement that incentivizes a perma-primed brain, a whole new class of nootropics has come to wider attention: some of these nootropics, like the class of drugs known as racetams, can be bought in many gas stations. The question hanging over all of these drugs—prescribed and over-the-counter—is: do they actually work? And if they do work, what (and who) do they work for? For … [Read more...] about Do Smart Drugs Work?
Money making scams
HARFORD COUNTY, MD — Has someone called to tell you that there is an open warrant for your arrest? The Harford County Sheriff's Office wants you to know that this is a scam."The Harford County Sheriff's office does not call citizens to tell them they have an open warrant," officials said in a statement. "Additionally, we would never require you to pay money through a phone call in order to satisfy a warrant."So if someone has called and said there's a warrant or you need to pay to make it go away, it is not the real deal. "If you receive one of these calls, it is a SCAM," the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a statement, adding: "Please share this message with friends and family. Stay safe!"Warrants are typically served in person. These scams have been reported nationwide, from Massachusetts to California. Officials advise hanging up immediately because the scammers will work to keep people on the line to convince individuals they are at risk.Sometimes scammers spoof local … [Read more...] about Harford County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Scam
More than four billion people use the internet in this day and age and of that, at least three billion are on social media. So it may come as no surprise to hear that opportunistic scammers are using these channels to target innocent people out of their hard-earned money. This is exactly what happened to Jessica Goode from London, who was left out of pocket after buying tickets from what she believed to be a trusted seller on Facebook. In a desperate bid to secure her entry to sold-out music festival, Elrow Town, she went on the social media website in search of any spare tickets. "I started following the event page on Facebook and saw that people were selling tickets for various reasons - unable to attend/work commitments etc.," the 32-year-old explained. She then found a seller - and got in touch with a few questions. The Facebook user, she told Mirror Money, provided proof of purchase along with PDFs for the tickets - "it seemed entirely legitimate," she said. In fact, he … [Read more...] about ‘The moment I realised I’d been conned on Facebook by an expert fraudster’
Ja Rule claims he was scammed and lost money through his involvement with 2017's Fyre Festival.The rapper has spoken out after two documentaries shed light on what happened at the flop Bahamas event.Ticket holders were promised a weekend partying with influencers on a private island but instead got rain-soaked mattresses in disaster tents and their luggage dumped in an unlit car-park.Ja denied he was involved in defrauding party-goers and locals on the island.Tickets for the festival were available for up to $75,000 (£58,000).Billy McFarland, founder of Fyre, is serving a six-year jail term but Ja Rule was not arrested or charged in connection with the fraud.He shared his views on the festival, the documentaries and questions on why his involvement wasn't being investigated by US authorities on Twitter.Two documentaries, on Netflix and US streaming site Hulu, were released last week but Ja Rule wasn't interviewed for either.In the Netflix documentary, he is heard saying "It's not … [Read more...] about Fyre Festival: Ja Rule says he was scammed by Billy McFarland too
A new “text-to-switch” scheme introduced by Ofcom, Britain’s telecoms watchdog, will make it "amazingly simple" for anyone to commit fraud, experts have warned. The new scheme, which allows people to switch mobile phone networks with a single text message, could give rise to new forms of a fraud named “SIM swapping", according to cyber security expert Richard De Vere. The scam sees hackers trick mobile networks into handing over phone numbers to them, which they can then use to gain access to online banking accounts in order to transfer out money. De Vere, a consultant at The AntiSocial Engineer, warned that Ofcom’s changes made it easy for anyone to steal another person's phone number if they... … [Read more...] about Ofcom rules to switch mobile providers with one text make it ‘amazingly simple’ to commit fraud