US Mint Bans, Bank Bonus Woes, Jail Time for Amazon Fraud & More

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. US Mint now blocking addresses, Bank account bonuses, United’s largest schedule since March 2020, new Uber airport feature, and Amazon shopper faces up to 20 years in jail for $290,000 fraud.

US MINT now blocking addresses

Coin deals are now quite popular. You can make an easy profit and often generate lots of credit card spending as well. But it looks like the US Mint is now blocking some addresses. If you get the following error when ordering, you’re address is likely blocked: “This order was rejected due to an issue with your data. Please check your Credit Card Verification Number or contact us 800.USA.MINT (872.6468) or you may email us at for further assistance (DM).”

Bank Account Bonuses, I’m Over You: All the Reasons I’m Done

Bank bonuses can be very profitable. You can also do them from the comfort of your home. But that doesn’t mean they are effortless. You need to keep good records, take care of all the requirements, and make sure you close accounts that you don’t plan to keep long terms.

United Plans Largest Domestic Schedule Since March 2020

United’s December schedule includes new connections between the Midwest and warm weather cities like Las Vegas and Orlando as well as nearly 70 daily flights to ski destinations, including new service between Orange County and Aspen.

The airline will fly 3,500 daily domestic flights in December – the most since the start of the pandemic and 91% of its December 2019 domestic schedule – to support expected surge in holiday travel demand.

Uber can have your airport ride ready once you land

Uber announced new features, including an update to Uber Reserve that allows you to automatically order an Uber once your flight lands.

After you book your flight, you can reserve your ride up to 30 days in advance, so you know your ride is taken care of before you arrive. Uber will automatically adjust your reservation based on the flight information you provide, so your driver is ready and waiting at the airport when your flight lands –whether it’s on time, early or delayed.

Amazon shopper faces up to 20 years in jail for $290,000 fraud

US attorneys filed charges against Hamrick in September, saying he’d engaged in about 300 fraudulent transactions with Amazon. That included about 270 product returns – some 250 of which were “materially different in value” – that amounted to more than $290,000 in total fraud, said the charging document and another that detailed several transactions as part of Hamrick’s plea agreement.

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