By Rich Johnston @ Bleedingcool.com
Bleeding Cool has been pursuing the comic industry con artist Josh Hoopes for quite some time now. Indeed, it’s become something of a calling. His latest scam beggars belief however.
He has taken people who has has previously successfully scammed – then targets them again. Using the identity of one “Beth Smith”, posing as his own ex-wife.
Josh wrote to one South African who he had scammed for $1500, to pay for a non-existent contract with Wizard, DC and Marvel, using a new identity, saying;
hi, I hope you are well, the truth I am the ex-wife of Josh Hoopes. he is a very bad man and deserves to be in jail, this man and I have 4 children and they live with me, but Josh does not give the money to them, times are bad and I work for my children, so I know all of this man, I want to do a deal with you, I can make a xoom account with the name of josh and I sent the money from your account, I send you $ 900 xoom to your bank and then you send me my 400 dollars by western union, money is for my children, I can not do it directly but if I can use the method, you are left with 500, and sends me $ 400, . and then in two weeks I will send as much money from the other bank of this man, and you’re left with some of the money and send me the money elsewhere, is the only way to have the money for my children.Naturally if the “mark” had replied positively, that money would have been appeared in their bank account – and pulled out again, just as soon as the non-refundable Western Union payment had been made. In this case I was able to advise them of this scam and they were able to pull out in time.