Earlier today, Big League Politics published an article exposing a fake Patreon page in conservative commentator Paul Joseph Watson’s name. The page was being used to scam over 100 people into making monthly contributions to what looked like a page hosted by Watson. In reality, it was a page set up by an anonymous scammer looking to make money off of his supporters.
Paul Joseph Watson took to Twitter to make it known that the page isn’t his, and that he has not been able to get support from Patreon on the matter.
Whoever is scamming people by claiming to be me on Patreon needs to shut it down and give the money to charity.
I am not on Patreon. I've tried to contact them to shut it down but nothing has happened. @Patreon
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 4, 2018
Big League Politics reached out to Patreon prior to posting the initial article and we were told they would look into the situation. To their credit, they did look into the situation quickly after we forwarded the article to them, sending us this response:
The creator page has been suspended while the proper due diligence is being taken to verify the owner of the page.
The fake Paul Joseph Watson page was removed, as stated in their response.
This is good news for the 112 people who had been supporters of the fake page prior to it being removed. It is unknown how much those people had been donating monthly, and for how long they had donated.
If the page is proven fraudulent, as Paul Joseph Watson’s Tweet makes clear it is, it is unknown if Patreon will refund the people who donated to the fraudulent campaign. Big League Politics will keep you updated if we receive any notice on that.
Supposed Sheriff’s Deputy That Went Viral After ‘Resigning’ Busted as a Likely Impostor
It’s very likely an impostor is running the account.
An anonymous ‘sheriff’s deputy’ that claimed to have resigned from his position as a law enforcement officer in protest of the death of George Floyd is considered by many to be an impostor.
@navyvetbolt gathered more than 100,000 retweets on Twitter on Monday with a picture of what appeared to be police gear, claiming he had just resigned from an unnamed law enforcement agency in protest of the killing of Floyd.
The viral tweet later reached the front page of Reddit, with the anonymous account pivoting swiftly into partisan anti-Trump and left-wing political commentary.
However, some were unconvinced that navyvetbolt is who he claims to be, pointing out that much of the gear he posted in his original tweet is commonly sold on ecommerce websites such as eBay and Alibaba. Most notably, the holster he uses for what is nominally his service pistol doesn’t resemble holsters commonly used by law enforcement agencies, more closely resembling a civilian holster.
Firearms enthusiast @LouisvilleGun uploaded a lengthy set of a arguments in an imgur detailing why @navyvetbolt is likely a law enforcement imposter, exposing the wide list of discrepancies surrounding his claims with the make and quality of the supposed police gear he posted on Twitter.
@navyvetbolt is yet to provide any solid evidence proving he’s a (now former) law enforcement agent, claiming to do so would somehow put his life or family at risk.
He posted a picture of a supposedly department-issued rifle that is identifiable in the photo as a Smith and Wesson M&P15.
That form of AR-style rifle is one of the more commonly owned and sold AR’s in the United States. It’s thought of by some as a more ‘affordable’ rifle, often retailing for prices around $600.
Navyvetbolt goes on to claim that the rifle has been converted into a fully automatic weapon.
It’s extremely dubious to imagine that a law enforcement agency would even issue Smith and Wesson M&P15’s to its personnel, considering that the rifle is considered to be more of an expressly civilian weapon. Sheriff’s Departments and police agencies can obtain fully automatic rifles from military-grade manufacturers legally; it would make no sense to convert a civilian AR-15 to fully automatic for law enforcement use. And it’s even more outlandish that whatever law enforcement agency navyvetbolt claims to have worked for would let him keep a fully automatic rifle owned by the agency after resigning in an act of political protest. Not to mention that such a transfer would place him in violation of the ATF’s tax stamp rules for the transfer of fully automatic firearms.
Almost certainly a poorly disguised hoaxster, unwilling to provide any real evidence of his claims of affiliation with a law enforcement agency, using a sheriff’s badge purchased on eBay or Alibaba in order to advance a left-wing political agenda.
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