This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about fake vaccine cards, Zelle scam targeting BofA customers, pilots union sues Southwest, paying for college through travel hacking, PayPal exploring a stock-trading platform and commuting in a boat-plane hybrid.
A 24-year-old woman from Illinois was arrested on Sunday while trying to enter Hawaii with a fake covid-19 vaccination record card. And it wasn’t hard to spot.
The counterfeit card said the woman had received the “Maderna” vaccine rather than the Moderna vaccine. The woman, identified as Chloe Mrozak, faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison and is reportedly being held on $2,000 bail.
A new scam is targeting users of popular mobile payment apps. Some said they’ve been tricked into paying criminals thousands of dollars.
“It’s really distressing,” Nausheen Brooks said. She’s out $3,500. “You save your hard earned money to just be taken away from you. You just don’t know what to do, you feel lost.”
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association filed a complaint in federal court in Dallas on Monday claiming that the carrier implemented an “emergency time off” program, altered schedules, and scaled back prescription drug and retirement benefits without bargaining, in violation of federal labor law.
It claims Southwest should have collectively bargained with the union instead of giving itself “force majeure” rights when air travel plummeted during the pandemic.
Mark at Miles to Memories shares his game plan for paying for college with credit card rewards. If you don’t have kids or already have college savings taken care of you can apply these same principles to anything. Whether you want to boost retirement savings or save for a down payment for your house etc. Whatever you want to accomplish you can take a similar path to achieve it.
PayPal is exploring a possible stock-trading platform. After rolling out the ability to trade cryptocurrencies last year, the payments giant has been exploring ways to let users trade individual stocks, according to two sources familiar with the plans.
More than 10 million new individual investors have entered the market in the first half of this year, roughly matching last year’s record level.
A Boston-based start-up backed by some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors wants to turn the sea lanes along the country’s east and west coasts into high-speed transit corridors.
LA to San Diego in 50 minutes? What about New York City to Boston in two hours? And all this without road traffic or airport hassle. These are the sort of commutes that may become possible if REGENT’s seagliders become a reality.