Puppy scams thrive amid coronavirus pandemic as Americans seek company: Illegal Tender podcast

This is part 1 of Yahoo Finance’s Illegal Tender podcast Season 6 ‘The Puppy Crimes of Quarantine’. Listen to the series here. 

In the early days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans acted on equal parts fear and necessity converting their homes into offices, gyms, and schools.

Those who were healthy found themselves restless and in search of a distraction. People painted rooms different colors and baked banana bread, and some saw an opportune time to get a puppy. 

Would-be dog parents took to the internet in droves searching for new dogs to adopt. Pandemic puppies were such hot commodities that reports of possible shortages of adoptable dogs first made headlines in late March.

Online dog scammers, which typically work during the winter holidays, came out in full force to exploit the pandemic. With stolen images or stock photos, they create online profiles of dogs, communicate with potential adopters, … Read More

Tech companies make money off your data. Shouldn’t you be paid, too?

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click “I agree.”

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads it. You just click “Yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website, app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal.

But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and computers can track our every movement and action. Facebook and Google log every “like” or click on their sites. There are numerous ways our data are collected, used, shared and sold by

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Money Reimagined: Crypto’s Diversity Problem

A few years ago, when MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini was leading an interactive digital art project, she found the facial recognition technology it employed was far better at recognizing her lighter-skinned MIT colleagues.  

The discovery sent Buolamwini on a mission. She founded the Algorithmic Justice League and started doing research that builds awareness about biases in software algorithms. One paper she co-authored with Timnit Gebru, the technical co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team at Google, found facial-analysis software had an error rate of 34.7% for dark-skinned women versus just 0.8% for light-skinned men. 

Facial recognition is the tip of the iceberg. Biases are inherently present in all forms of artificial intelligence algorithms, those digital machines that increasingly run our world. 

Related: First Mover: In the Cryptocurrency Markets, No Two Exchanges Are Alike

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Wirecard collapse hits users of British payments apps

Wirecard - Sven Hoppe/DPA
Wirecard – Sven Hoppe/DPA

The collapse of German payments provider Wirecard is having knock-on effects on British financial technology companies, with many customers being blocked from withdrawing money or using their accounts.

Digital bank Pockit – which provides accounts for those unable to get a traditional bank accounts – and account management tool Curve are among those affected. 

One Pockit user, who did not want to be named, received an email from the bank saying that their account was temporarily unavailable. 

“As far as I’m aware this is due to the Financial Conduct Authority doing something with a the card issuer to protect funds in British accounts. My worry now is that I will lose the funds on my card,” they said. 

They used the account as a way of saving up spending money for holidays. “It would mean I don’t have the spending money I expected, for sure,” they

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It’s boom times for sign makers. So why aren’t they making more money?

Tim Seiger was preparing to start a big project at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in mid-March when California announced a statewide shutdown to combat the coronavirus.

His gig ground to a halt, indefinitely.

The 42-year-old isn’t a groundskeeper or construction worker.

He makes signs.

The Placentia resident’s company, Ultimate Design, was partnering with another firm to wrap bars and suites in the ballpark with lettering in anticipation of Opening Day. And now the Angels wouldn’t let anyone in the building.

For about a week, as other clients quickly called off projects, jobs slowed down. Seiger prepared for the worst.

But in a proverbial sign of the times, the life-altering COVID-19 pandemic — and its many demands on human behavior — came with a great need: for signs. And lots of them.

Flags and awnings and lawn signs now sway in front of businesses where there weren’t any before. Arrows placed

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28 Genius Side Hustles You Never Knew Existed

If the lyrics to the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5” could be your autobiography, maybe it’s time to consider some unconventional ways to make money. After all, if you’re “barely gettin’ by,” you’re probably looking for creative ways to earn extra cash about now.

Whether you’re struggling to pay the bills or just looking to pad your savings account, check out some clever ways to earn a buck that are on the strange side.

Last updated: Dec. 29, 2019

1. Work as a Living Statue

Individual performance artists make money posing as living statues on street corners around the world. There are even companies like the Rhode Island-based Ten31 Productions that hire performers to work as living statues for events such as WaterFire in Providence.


2. Deliver Phone Books

It might seem hard to believe, but those old-school phone books that show up on front doorsteps are delivered by

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Start a successful e-commerce business with this set of online classes

Start a successful e-commerce business with this set of online classes
Start a successful e-commerce business with this set of online classes

TL;DR: The Ultimate Shopify and Ecommerce Expert bundle is on sale for £31.18 as of June 26, saving you 97% on list price.

The e-commerce industry has taken off over the past few years, with dedicated platforms like Shopify and Etsy making it easier than ever for people to produce knitwear for dogs and sell it online.

On top of that, industry giants like Amazon, ebay, and Alibaba have adjusted their businesses to allow individual sellers access to their sites, even offering to handle all shipping and customer service needs in exchange for a listing fee.

SEE ALSO: This bundle helps you start a successful dropshipping business

The end result: People are shopping online like crazy. Literally anyone can sell things online and earn a passive income, you just need to know how to do it. Check out the

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How 2 moms are raising money for diverse books in their community

When life gives you lemons, you sell lemonade — and raise money to purchase diverse books for your community.

At least that’s what Chelsea O’Donnell and neighbor Amanda Gorman, two moms in Farmington, Connecticut, are doing after Gorman’s daughter’s Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized earlier this month.

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Amid protests happening across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Gorman spent time educating her 7-year-old daughter, Josey, about the Black Lives Matter movement.The two created a sign that read, “Silence = Complicit, Black Lives Matter,” which they displayed in front of their home.

MORE: 9-year-old girl skates across Black Lives Matter Plaza to inspiring ‘Rise Up’ song

“With everything that’s been going on in terms of the Black Lives Matter movement, I realized that

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The 6 best credit cards that will save you the most money

The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase
The right credit card can help you save big on your next big purchase

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you sign up for a credit card after clicking one of our links, we may earn a small fee for referring you. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.

Whether you’re buying a new television, remodeling the kitchen or even covering an emergency bill, certain credit card perks can help you save money whenever you have to spend. Big purchases are great to charge to your credit card—if you have a personal payback plan and picked the right card, that is. A card with an introductory 0% APR period can also be a great financing choice when you want a long, interest-free repayment period. Plus, many cards come with extra benefits, like

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13-year-old Trey Brown is on a mission to make his fashion line a household name

At only 13 years old, Trey Brown has already accomplished so much.

He is the CEO of his own clothing brand SPERGO, inspires his almost-30,000 Instagram followers daily with videos and quotes, has had his face on a billboard in Times Square, has chatted on the phone with celebrities and made enough money within the first year of launching his company that he helped his mom retire. 

Brown didn’t anticipate any of these when he started SPERGO in Jan. 2018. He told In The Know that he turned to fashion designing after witnessing the violence going on around Philadelphia. 

“There was kids killing kids. I just wanted to show the youth, look, you could do this. You could get on a jet without being violent, without touching any drugs,” Brown said. “A lot of times in Philadelphia, where I come from, there’s not a lot of possibility, and I want

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