Farm Bank was a Farmville-like game where users would take care of virtual farm animals, but with a twist. Users could spend real money as an investment in their farm and animals, which allegedly had real world counterparts, and make a return on their investments by simply playing the game and caring for their animals. However, there were no real farms nor animals. Any pay-outs were driven by a pyramid-scheme structure, and the app’s CEO eventually fled to South America, making off with 80 million USD in the process.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here