[S14E9] A New Business End TOP
Mac and Charlie meet with Z, who is involved in the "dog business" (for lack of a better term). Z breeds, grooms, and fights dogs. Wonder of all wonders, the real Poppins runs up to steal a blanket from the dog the two of them assumed was Poppins.
[S14E9] A New Business End
In 1985 Australian businessman Chris Parnell was arrested and accused of smuggling twelve kilos of hashish in Bali , Indonesia. To avoid going to court and a possible death sentence, he feigned madness, and was locked up in a mental hospital. An early escape attempt ended in disaster when he crashed through a roof into a secure lunatic asylum. After this he stood trail and was sentenced to life in prison. Determined to prove his innocence, he made a further daring escape attempt disguised as a woman, but was recaptured. He spent the next eleven years in a spiraling prison nightmare which in culminated in him being declared dead in a prison mortuary....
Mark Greening breaks the golden rule to never body-pack hash, and enhanced airport security for soccer's World Cup in Tokyo gets him busted. When Irish plumber Paul Keany's business falls apart, he's desperate to keep his life and family afloat and agrees to smuggle cocaine from Venezuela back to Dublin for a quick payout. But when he's caught at the airport in Caracas, it turns into the worst decision of his life.
Cartman launches a gemstones network show and creates a very lucrative business. Stan searches for the real value of a piece of jewelry that was a gift from his Grandpa. Meanwhile, Cartman's lucrative new business preys upon an extremely vulnerable clientele.
So here's Adam. Adam, so as someone who is an expert in scams, why do you think scammers are so prevalent on dating apps? I think because they feel that it's easy pickings is that people are more willing to give information about themselves. They're more open to just talking about things and not even realizing that they're giving away information about themselves. And he just is one of those things where a dating app I think for most people is kind of a happy place. And when you get a happy place, you do happy things and part of happy things is you talk a lot. You communicate, you give away too much information. So why do people scam in the first place? Like, what's the motivation for the people on the other side? Money, oftentimes. Money or access to personal identifiable information, which they can then use to recreate an individual. And then the impostor scam continues, they lure other people in, and they get either more information they can use to commit additional identity theft or more money. Well, identity theft usually leads to money, right? Is there something else behind that? No, it generally leads to money, but sometimes if it's a situation where someone has an axe to grind against someone. It may not necessarily be about the money. It's just like when we talk about hackers, there are four kinds of hackers. There's cause hackers, because I can hackers, for profit hackers, and state sponsored hackers. Russia, Korean China, Iran, Iraq, like that. It's a situation that we're living in a world now where breaches have become the third certainty in life. There is an enormous amount of information out there about each and every one of us. Some people will go on all sorts of different apps in order to finish the mosaic because every piece of information think of it as a little tile, you put the tiles together, now you have the person. And, you know, there is one additional aspect to all of this. You know, a lot of people I talk to them and I say, look, I realized the first inclination is, who would want to steal my identity? I mean, you really cares about me. Who would want to steal my credit? I'm just a regular person. A lot of folks don't realize you look in the mirror, you see you, but to a hacker, you're Jay-Z Beyoncé, Sharon Stone, Adam Levine, because you got what they want. You have information you have all sorts of different kinds of pieces of data, financial as well. Or you could be a tributary to a larger river. And that means it's not you thereafter, but they're looking for someone you're married to, someone you have a relationship with, a business you work for, a philanthropic activity that you spend time with and you're going to be the way in. You know, as a perfect example, when target was breached, they didn't walk through the front door. They didn't go directly after target systems. They compromised a subcontractor to target that ran the chilling units at target, and through that digital connection, they managed to crawl into target and then into the point of sale system and into the database. So someone on a dating app could be trying to get to know you up close and personal because they want to get through you through your credentials into a place you work. So are there certain sectors that are more vulnerable to that or should, I mean, I guess the takeaway is should we even put our company names in our dating apps? Well, the problem is, you know, you have to be very careful with what you're putting a dating app and you also have to be careful with the information you give away while you're communicating with someone on a dating app. But you also have to be careful to make sure they don't lure you off the dating app onto another app that may have less protections against things like malware or ransomware and stuff. The dating apps do. So it's kind of a fine line. One of the suggestions that I like to give people is, look, set up a separate email account. That only relates to your dating. Not only that, set up a separate phone account. Google Voice, we said. Get Google Voice. Just so that if anything goes wrong, you can kind of short stop it. And know where it's coming from. So, you know, those are things that people need to think about. But the most important thing is, you know, don't do things like throw away lines when you're communicating with somebody in a new relationship. Oh, it's like I'm going to the gym now. And or I'm going on a trip tomorrow or anything to you. It's like because if someone knows where you are, they could stalk you.
Well, if you sense that someone is attempting to take advantage of you on a dating app, you can also assume the fact that you're not the only one, and they're out there doing this or trying to do this to everybody else. So a lot of people would say, I'm never going to get scammed. Yeah. I think a lot of even the people that we're talking to in this episode never probably thought that they would be the ones to get scammed. What would you say to these people? Just like we talked about earlier. And that is when you see you, but to someone who's scamming you, they see a famous person. In their world, because you got what they want. And they're going to, they're going to come after you, and they're going to, they're going to try some of them just cast a very wide net. And they just say, whoever bites, this is good, we'll take them to the next level. But some of them are very specific. They literally stalk people. They stalk them on social media, and they zero in on a few people. They read their all the stuff on their profiles. And then they will use that information as the hook to get the target involved excited about them, and then they move in for the kill. And that's why I'll give you a real simple thing. When you set up security questions and answers on websites, lie like a superhero. And the reason is, because many people post so much information about them, selves. On these websites, that if I'm a scammer, I know where you went to school, I know where you work. I know what you like to do. I know what you love to go. And so I'm going to drop little hints in our conversation like little breadcrumbs that I hope you'll follow, that will ring a bell, get you more interested in who they are and what they're doing. I just think that the most important thing to think about is that we all have day jobs. We raise families, we work for people, we run businesses, we do podcasting. We're involved in educational activities or philanthropic actors. That's our data. But to a hacker, a scammer or an identity thief, we are their day job. Okay, you ate, this was a lot. What are some of your takeaways? 'cause I definitely have some floating goodbye. I just feel like my biggest takeaway in terms of scams is that once you're experiencing the red flags that your body and your mind are telling you, you should listen to it. Just kind of pause. But your best friend is Google. People who are doing all the scams have already scammed other people. So they're being reported online, always do your due diligence and Google the people you're going out with. We used to think this was like a stocking tactic. I really think it's a safety measure. It's a safety measure for sure. I think the other piece too is when things feel too good to be true. Often times they are. And it's unfortunate because we're all looking for that feeling. We're looking to get swept off our feet. It's like Tinder swindler, the women were so happy they finally met that guy of their dreams. And we want to believe people have good intentions. And I do believe that most people do, but when people start asking for money, they have this, it's always this like far fetched story and why are they going to you for money? Someone that they barely know. So in all of these stories, whether someone actually met in person or not, there was a similar theme that you didn't know this person for very long. You did not discover if there's trust if you should lend this person money. And I think that's a big piece of it that we want the best to happen, but that's just not always reality. It was also very fascinating to me that there was a lot of different motivations targeted to versus women. It was definitely more of the love story to women and more of the sex ask, you know, for men. Yeah, and although people don't label him as a scammer, I would say west elm Caleb kind of falls into the same storyline where, yes, he didn't scam people out of money, but he was love bombing them, even though he didn't know them very well. He was making them all the same playlist on Spotify that people thought like, oh my God, he's not in love with me. So I think it's just goes into trust your gut because if you have to ask why is this person so nice to me, even though they don't know me? That is a red flag, even though we all want that affection that affection still needs to be earned. It's like not automatic from the beginning, especially if you haven't met this person in in person yet. Yeah, I think the problem is that in our society, everything is on demand all the technology get ubers at the touch of your fingertips, we expect that with love too. 041b061a72