Cory Doctorow Makes Us
Wonder if Everything’s a Scam

According to author and activist Cory Doctorow, it’s a scammer’s world and we’re just living in it.

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Think you’re too savvy to get scammed? Author and activist Cory Doctorow explains how we’re all one muffaletta and a malfunctioning jet door away from falling prey to the most basic of cons. He joins us this week to talk about that and to fill us in about his new book, “The Bezzle.”

From Ponzi schemes and multi-layer marketing to for-profit prisons, Doctorow takes us on a talking tour of the Golden Age of scams and all things grift-related where Amway and hamburger smuggling operations shed new light on digital cartels and the kaleidoscope of fraud everywhere online.

This week’s Tin Foil Swan will (ideally) make you rethink whether or not your video doorbell is worth the forfeit of your privacy.

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About the Hosts

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here’s What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We’ve got your back.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is executive produced by Adam Levin and Beau Friedlander and produced by Andrew Steven and Travis Taylor.

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