NJ Waitress Returning Wounded Warrior Donations, Is Now an Ex-Waitress

Remember our good, viral acquaintance, Dayna Morales, the Pinocchio waitress/ex-Marine from New Jersey who falsely claimed that she'd received an anti-gay message from an allegedly no-tipping couple, then began accepting donations from supporters who wanted to help wounded vets, then began allegedly hoarding that money » 12/08/13 1:00pm 12/08/13 1:00pm

Australian Couple Unwittingly Wins a Canadian Drug Mule Gig

The treacherous tides of the internet have swept up a pair of unsuspecting old people who just wanted to take a nice vacation from the drudgery of their daily lives in Australia to exotic Canada, land of a thousand enchantments. The couple believed they’d won an all-expenses-paid trip to Canada, complete with brand… » 10/27/13 5:45pm 10/27/13 5:45pm

In the U.K., It Gets Easier to Admit You're Never Going Back to the Gym

When I was in college, my best friend joined Bally's Total Fitness. After signing her life away for a plastic water bottle and the promise of a six pack, she quickly realized that she wasn't about to drag her ass across town to spend her mornings running to nowhere. She tried everything to get out of the… » 9/11/13 9:30am 9/11/13 9:30am

Woman Used Ambulance Like a Taxi, Ignoring the Social Contract

The social contract is a sacred thing, and, in the vacuum of constant police surveillance in which most people carry on with their daily-chores, we count on strangers to follow a few unstated or quietly stated rules that help society run with greater efficiency. Don’t sneeze into a crowd of people with one’s mouth… » 4/28/13 9:15pm 4/28/13 9:15pm

Proactiv Horror Stories: Tales From Skincare's Big Scam

Why is it so hard to quit Proactiv? Because, according to scores of frustrated customers, the company lures people in with enticing "free trials" that aren't as free as they seem and are next to impossible to cancel. We asked our readers for their own experiences with Proactiv's red tape, and they delivered: We got… » 1/11/13 1:15pm 1/11/13 1:15pm

Your Aging Brain Will Make You Into a Total Sucker

You know how old people are forever getting scammed by totally obvious grifters? Sinking their life savings into pyramid schemes selling Canadian yarn art ("It sells itself"), or putting all their gold in a bag and mailing it to Glenn Beck? Well, it's not because the elderly are a buncha rubes, or that they know less… » 12/04/12 1:40pm 12/04/12 1:40pm

Protesters in Calif. City Are Pretty Upset About Alleged Chinese…

Motorists running their soul-sucking, Saturday-morning, strip-mall errands yesterday in Chino Hills, Calif. might have spotted a strange convocation of disgruntled citizens yesterday protesting what they believe is an "illegal Chinese maternity operation," which is reportedly being run out of a residential home… » 12/02/12 12:30pm 12/02/12 12:30pm

House Hunters Has Been Selling You a Big Lie

There are many of us who love House Hunters, the ridiculously addictive show on HGTV about people who are, you guessed it, hunting for houses. And while we have long known in our hearts that much, if not all, of the show is staged and as fake a faux brick exterior, there is now seriously concrete proof that it is… » 6/12/12 12:30pm 6/12/12 12:30pm

Faking Cancer to Make Money and Get Free Stuff Is Officially a Thing

Today a grand jury in Orange County indicted 25-year-old Jessica Vega on a charge most unusual: lying about having terminal cancer so she could have a gigantic, free wedding. When Vega didn't die as promised, suspicions were aroused, her husband divorced her, and the bride found herself in trouble with the law. But… » 4/10/12 6:15pm 4/10/12 6:15pm

Woman Fined Rather Than Applauded After Scamming Nigerian Email Scammers

An Australian woman has been fined after stealing more than $30,000 from Nigerian scammers who were running a fraudulent car sales website. I believe the customary punishment for people who con the con artists is to provide them with the cake of their choosing and three rounds of "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow," but I… » 2/24/12 5:40pm 2/24/12 5:40pm

Woman Upset By Elizabeth Arden's Crappy Free Gift

Elizabeth Arden was running a promotion that advertised a free gift of $350 value with any purchase of $65 or more. Anyone who's familiar with the vagaries of beauty advertising knows to expect a certain amount of inherent deception in the Free Gift — seriously, it's like there's a special photographic lens that only… » 2/02/12 6:00pm 2/02/12 6:00pm