from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There are all kinds of ways to make a little bit of extra cash — and some methods are more unsavory than others. Maybe you think you can convince a bunch of people to join your new multi-level marketing scheme. Or maybe you think you’ve outsmarted an insurance company with your own (better!) actuarial formula. Here are a few stories on the topic of making some easy money, as long as you don’t mind being a bit of a sleazeball.
- Dmitry Argarkov didn’t like the terms and conditions in a letter offering him a new credit card, so he modified the agreement, signed it, sent it back to the bank, and the bank accepted it and sent Argarkov a new credit card. According to Argarkov’s terms, that card had a 0% interest rate, no fees and no limit — and obviously there are pending lawsuits over this agreement. [url]
- An extortion scheme that seems to work: step 1 — publish public domain mugshots, step 2 — ask for money to stop publishing aforementioned mugshots, step 3 — profit. States like Florida seem to make it pretty easy to obtain mugshots… (so don’t get arrested in Florida!) [url]
- Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens and 27 other wealthy individuals already had enough money to live comfortably, but rich people live longer than the average Joe — and taking out a life insurance policy could be an interesting way to finance a significant endowment to Oklahoma State University. The ‘Gift of a Lifetime’ plan fell through, but Pickens is rich enough that he’s covering the financial hit for the university. [url]
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