New York rapper is the latest to be charged for ‘card cracking’ scheme

An Upper West Side concierge allegedly used rent checks in a forgery and fraud scheme that leveraged Snapchat and other apps to lure young participants.

The New York rapper Young Ash was indicted in Manhattan court this week for her role in a scheme in which she allegedly recruited people on social media to let fraudsters deposit $50,000 in counterfeit checks into their bank accounts.

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DTF? The Chicago Transit Authority isn’t


The Chicago Transit Authority is not DTF. The CTA, which runs the city’s ‘L’ trains and busses, has refused to run an ad campaign by OKCupid that has some fun with the phrase, which stands for down to, well you know. Or as Wiktionary defines it, “willing to engage in casual sex without necessarily seeking that in particular.”

The dating app debuted the campaign by Wieden & Kennedy New York in January. Print, online and out-of-home ads replace the typical meaning of “F” with more innocent phrases, as in “DTFall Head Over Heels,” and “DTFight About the President.” But it’s still too suggestive for the CTA.

The authority “rejected OkCupid’s ad campaign,” OKCupid Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Hobley confirmed in an email. “OkCupid has a huge presence in Chicago so we were really disappointed,” she adds, noting that the marketer is still running the campaign in other parts of the city. The campaign recently returned to New York subways, where it also ran earlier this year.

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Watch the newest ads on TV from Sprint, Nike, Dish and more


Every weekday we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than eight million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

A few highlights: In another one of its wryly dystopian spots, Taco Bell says that “The future is Nacho Fries!” (Ad Age’s Jessica Wohl has background on the campaign and a longer spot starring Josh Duhamel here: “The darkness continues in Taco Bell’s new Nacho Fries thriller.”) Nike wants you to “unleash your sixth sense” (this a fresh TV cut of longer online video that’s part of an ongoing campaign for the brand’s lacrosse cleats). And Sprint’s recurring giant-robot charactersupposedly part of Sprint’s marketing departmentonce again takes a suggestion a little too literally.

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U.K. marketing agency owns up to ‘F— Trump’ crop circle stunt


When it comes to audacious out-of-home campaigns designed to “welcome” President Trump to London, is the Trump Baby blimp not enough for you? OK, thenhave a 200-meter-wide “Fuck Trump” crop circle.

In a post titled “Rude message to Donald Trump appears as a crop circle on Stoke Mandeville farm,” The Bucks Herald newspaper of Buckinghamshire, England reports,

The message has rather a naughty word in Russian (F**K), followed by Trump. Speaking to the farm owner, the crop circle has been manufactured as part of an art installation. It appears on the flight path that Donald Trump will take from London to Chequers this Thursday. … The owner of Moat Farm in Stoke Mandeville said: “I was approached by an artist, who wished to remain anonymous to use one of my crop fields.”

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Jason Harrison interviewed by Forbes and Beet.TV

Jason Harrison, President, Client Partner from Essence Minneapolis was interviewed by Andy Plesser of Beet.TV and Bruce Rogers of Forbes at 2018 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. He commented on everything from omni-channel marketing, how he joined the Essence team, and his take on this year’s Lions event.

Check out the Forbes interview here and the Beet.TV article and video here.