Out of the Blue

I got a note yesterday from someone who was offered coverage here by someone on Twitch claiming to be me. They forwarded a chat showing this impersonator demanded money in exchange for promoting a game. The fake Blue's News account is using our logos and the bio says the owner is El Presidente for Life, so this is more than just a superficial effort. And the pitch is devious, as rather than promising a post here on the website, it was for an email campaign, presumably to explain why coverage a victim might buy won't actually appear in a story here. I refer to this in the present tense, because as of now the profile remains active despite my report. It should be apparent that something's fishy, since the account has never streamed on Twitch, but has a tidy 7.5K followers, which were presumably purchased. I expressed to Twitch my dismay at how damaging this scammer could be to this site and my reputation, and included the information to verify my claims. So I'm angry that this is still going on. I guess the next step would be to lawyer up, but this shouldn't have to come to that. If anyone has a connection at Twitch to drag into the matter or other ideas of how to escalate my report, I'm eager for suggestions.

To be clear, we've never taken a dime or any other consideration in exchange for coverage, and there has never been any advertising that wasn't clearly just ads. And these ads are brokered by a third-party as an intentional firewall between advertising and our editorial decisions. We don't do advertorials, infographics, three-way link exchanges, back-link placements, or any of the other sketchy stuff so common on the internet. All income for the site comes from these third-party ads, clearly marked affiliate links, and the generous support of our backers.

Obituary: Novelist Tim Dorsey, who mixed comedy and murder in his Serge A. Storms stories, dies at 62.
Obituary: Charlie Munger, the 'Oracle of Pasadena' who was Buffett's second-in-command.

Scammed-up Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Science
Thanks Max.

Media

Creature Features

Follow-up

View : : :
30 Replies. 2 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  2  ] Older
30.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 12:22
Prez
 
30.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 12:22
Nov 30, 2023, 12:22
 Prez
 
Verno wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 11:35:
Prez wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 11:09:
Verno wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 10:55:
No worries Prez, I was just giving the other side of it

Cool. So to be clear, I don't have to look over my shoulder for Mrs Verno coming to exact revenge, right?

Trust me I'm the only person shes gunning for as I have a penchant for pranks at home

Thanks for running interference for me then. Just don't push it too far... if she winds up beating you to death, then I'll be next for sure!
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
29.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 12:01
29.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 12:01
Nov 30, 2023, 12:01
 
Tried accessing the impersonators twitch page and it states, "This channel is currently unavailable due to a violation of Twitch's Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. " Nice!!!
28.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 11:35
28.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 11:35
Nov 30, 2023, 11:35
 
Prez wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 11:09:
Verno wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 10:55:
No worries Prez, I was just giving the other side of it

Cool. So to be clear, I don't have to look over my shoulder for Mrs Verno coming to exact revenge, right?

Trust me I'm the only person shes gunning for as I have a penchant for pranks at home
Avatar 51617
27.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 11:15
Prez
 
27.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 11:15
Nov 30, 2023, 11:15
 Prez
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 11:14:
Prez wrote on Nov 29, 2023, 19:05:
I didn't know who else to say that I was - Blue is the most famous person I know. Now I have to make another Twitch channel dammit.

Wait, did I say that out loud?
Your mistake was "Prez for life" instead for "El Presidente for life". NOW WE GOT YOU!

I thought it had a much more dignified ring to it.

I MEAN... what ever are you talking about??
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
26.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 11:14
El Pit
 
26.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 11:14
Nov 30, 2023, 11:14
 El Pit
 
Prez wrote on Nov 29, 2023, 19:05:
I didn't know who else to say that I was - Blue is the most famous person I know. Now I have to make another Twitch channel dammit.

Wait, did I say that out loud?
Your mistake was "Prez for life" instead for "El Presidente for life". NOW WE GOT YOU!
"There is no right life in the wrong one." (Theodor W. Adorno, philosopher)
"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
Founder, president, and only member of the official "Grumpy Old Gamers Club". Please do not apply.
25.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 11:09
Prez
 
25.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 11:09
Nov 30, 2023, 11:09
 Prez
 
Verno wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 10:55:
No worries Prez, I was just giving the other side of it

Cool. So to be clear, I don't have to look over my shoulder for Mrs Verno coming to exact revenge, right?
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
24.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 10:55
24.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 10:55
Nov 30, 2023, 10:55
 
No worries Prez, I was just giving the other side of it
Avatar 51617
23.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 10:22
Prez
 
23.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 10:22
Nov 30, 2023, 10:22
 Prez
 
Verno wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 10:02:
Prez wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 09:30:
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 03:02:
Whoa, my brother is a lawyer !
So add 1 to the count.

I was being a bit cheeky - I know that there are lawyers who aren't complete crooks out there. Live long enough and you will need a lawyer at least once in your life. But at best, they are a necessary evil.

MrsVerno is a lawyer and just does wills, trusts, estates, business and real estate stuff. Lawyers aren't a necessary evil, they are simply necessary. We can't have a functional society without them, otherwise corporations and the government could trode all over citizens. She hates her job by the way - people are complete jerks to lawyers for often ignorant reasons, school was long/expensive and the hours involved are pretty serious a good chunk of the year.


I wasn't clear - I didn't mean that they are a necessary evil because of the people who are lawyers (please ask Mrs. Verno not to hurt me), but because of our convoluted legal system and the way it has been weaponized by the rich that makes them utterly essential. And tell her if I ever needed a will or trust that I would be a perfect gentleman. I hate that people treat her with disrespect.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
22.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 10:02
22.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 10:02
Nov 30, 2023, 10:02
 
Prez wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 09:30:
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 03:02:
Whoa, my brother is a lawyer !
So add 1 to the count.

I was being a bit cheeky - I know that there are lawyers who aren't complete crooks out there. Live long enough and you will need a lawyer at least once in your life. But at best, they are a necessary evil.

MrsVerno is a lawyer and just does wills, trusts, estates, business and real estate stuff. Lawyers aren't a necessary evil, they are simply necessary. We can't have a functional society without them, otherwise corporations and the government could trod all over citizens. She hates her job by the way - people are complete jerks to lawyers for often ignorant reasons, school was long/expensive and the hours involved are pretty serious a good chunk of the year.

Anyways Twitch is pretty awful at dealing with...anything so that's why a letter from a lawyer is often necessary to get the wheels moving there on removing fake identities and rogue channels.

This comment was edited on Nov 30, 2023, 10:54.
Avatar 51617
21.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 09:35
21.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 09:35
Nov 30, 2023, 09:35
 
Prez wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 09:30:
I was being a bit cheeky - I know that there are lawyers who aren't complete crooks out there.
I have a good friend who is a lawyer and is not moneyed or a crook. Of course, she works for the state... so, hard to get rich that way.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
20.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 09:30
Prez
 
20.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 09:30
Nov 30, 2023, 09:30
 Prez
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 30, 2023, 03:02:
Whoa, my brother is a lawyer !
So add 1 to the count.

I was being a bit cheeky - I know that there are lawyers who aren't complete crooks out there. Live long enough and you will need a lawyer at least once in your life. But at best, they are a necessary evil.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
19.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 30, 2023, 03:02
19.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 30, 2023, 03:02
Nov 30, 2023, 03:02
 
Whoa, my brother is a lawyer !
So add 1 to the count.
Avatar 58799
18.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 22:41
Prez
 
18.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 22:41
Nov 29, 2023, 22:41
 Prez
 
How many hundreds of moneyed crooks are just a little more discreet and keep busy with their thievery unmolested ?

How many lawyers are there?
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
17.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 21:49
17.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 21:49
Nov 29, 2023, 21:49
 
fakespyder wrote on Nov 29, 2023, 19:02:
I get this message on the twitch link you provided Blue:

This channel is currently unavailable due to a violation of Twitch's Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.

Looks like someone got their attention.
That's awesome, I hope it wasn't up for very long. But I doubt it did much damage.
"I expect death to be nothingness and by removing from me all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism." Isaac Asimov
Avatar 58135
16.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 21:42
16.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 21:42
Nov 29, 2023, 21:42
 
Ex-rich Alex Murdaugh take this and that, justiiiiice !

But they let him do whatever he wanted for decades, had literally to commit a couple murders or 3 before anyone bothered to move against him.

How many hundreds of moneyed crooks are just a little more discreet and keep busy with their thievery unmolested ?
Avatar 58799
15.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 21:38
15.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 21:38
Nov 29, 2023, 21:38
 
There's almost zero point in lawyering up if they're not in the first world. I'd ask Twitch for their IP. I'm sure they used a VPN unless they're stupid, but I'm sure they have engineers who are good enough to find out his actual origin. Most likely he's some third world drug abuse out of Russia, China, or the like, in which case there isn't a whole lot you can do. Just impress upon Twitch that this isn't something you do or ever will. So if they see someone doing such, shut them down immediately. Sorry for your troubles with this, man. Fucking people are such scumbags.
"While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake." - Henny Youngman
14.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 19:16
Prez
 
14.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 19:16
Nov 29, 2023, 19:16
 Prez
 
Umm... so how about that weather we're having huh?
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
13.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 19:11
13.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 19:11
Nov 29, 2023, 19:11
 
Prez wrote on Nov 29, 2023, 19:05:
I didn't know who else to say that I was - Blue is the most famous person I know. Now I have to make another Twitch channel dammit.

Wait, did I say that out loud?
That's the risk of using speech-to-text, Prez.
Also, i knew it was you, because only you and Blue use "El Presidente for life."
If Russia stops fighting, the war ends. If Ukraine stops fighting, Ukraine ends. Slava Ukraini!
Avatar 22024
12.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 19:05
Prez
 
12.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 19:05
Nov 29, 2023, 19:05
 Prez
 
I didn't know who else to say that I was - Blue is the most famous person I know. Now I have to make another Twitch channel dammit.

Wait, did I say that out loud?
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
11.
 
Re: OotB: Twitchy
Nov 29, 2023, 19:02
11.
Re: OotB: Twitchy Nov 29, 2023, 19:02
Nov 29, 2023, 19:02
 
I get this message on the twitch link you provided Blue:

This channel is currently unavailable due to a violation of Twitch's Community Guidelines or Terms of Service.

Looks like someone got their attention.
Avatar 58853
30 Replies. 2 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  2  ] Older