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    Default Steve McFadden [Psycho Penguin] traders get your money back

    Hi everyone, this is Mike McFadden, brother of Steve McFadden a.k.a. "Psycho Penguin". As some people already figured out, Steve actually passed away a month ago today. At no point did he repent for his misdeeds and I couldn't find any evidence that he was going to either.

    Therefore I'll do it for him. Show me evidence that you were scammed by Steve McFadden at any point in the past 12 years or so, and I'll reimburse you for the trade via PayPal. I'll also take the time to answer any appropriate questions.

    You can either email me or post here, doesn't matter.

    - Mike



    How can I tell if I traded with Steve McFadden?
    He had a few known addresses and sometimes went by Steve Saunders, and here are some of the aliases he used:
    Psycho Penguin, RandyKOrton, Juan Dixon, KidRock101, MysticalGames, TooKool, WilliamRegal, lita, kidrock, gr81, mikesanders, DiscoFever20009, DoinktheClown, Felix Rivera, Joe Johnston, Steve Lawrence, and Seth Perkins

    How can I show that a trade took place?
    You may still have private messages or emails from before the trade, or records of reporting him after. If you were one of the people who publicly warned others about the bad trade I might contact you on my own at some point, but it's incredibly time-consuming trying to track down each user individually!

    Don't most of the items I traded have wildly different prices now than compared to when I first traded them?
    Good point. Just estimate the value of your items at the time the trade took place, and I'll send the money via PayPal when I can. Since I'm not filthy-stinking rich (yet... ) I'll have to wait for money to come in from sales of my various apps and games. Also, keep in mind that increasing the estimated value from $40 to $50 is the same as scamming me out of $10.

    How can I be sure you're not just trying to harvest my email address, or do something even more sinister?
    I've been a reliable eBayer for 10 years, I've been running a legitimate online business for eight, and I have access to thousands of unique customer email addresses which are all linked to valid PayPal accounts. The only thing I can do with this information is send them money or pointlessly ruin my reputation.

    Okay... but how can we be sure you're actually Mike McFadden?
    My AtariAge account is linked to my Facebook profile, and the fine folks here already did their homework!

    I wasn't scammed by Steve, but I might know of some people who were. Should I tell them about this thread?
    Yes.
    Last edited by BonzaiThePenguin; 08-01-2011 at 09:53 AM.

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    The first question is: How do we know you're who you say you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by portnoyd View Post
    The first question is: How do we know you're who you say you are.
    Good question. This is me:
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20105977

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    I wasn't one of the people who was... scammed by your brother.

    But you'll have to post a message there to prove that this really is you and not some jerk who's trying to cause trouble for his family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsune Sniper View Post
    But you'll have to post a message there to prove that this really is you and not some jerk who's trying to cause trouble for his family.
    I just edited the About me section.

    EDIT: Actually, my AtariAge account is linked to my Facebook profile:
    http://www.atariage.com/forums/user/...zaithepenguin/
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    I apologize for our skepticism but he certainly blew it around here and this actually seems like the type of thing he'd do on one of his "re-appearances".

    On behalf of this community I'd like to thank you for trying to set things straight with everyone, and our condolences for the loss of your brother.

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    This is either one of the ballsiest hustles ever, or one hell of a standup move.
    I vote the latter.
    Saw the same post at AA, I am sure it is on other forums as well.

    I'm just curious Mike, how did you find out about Steves misdeeds (to use your word)?

    A very cool thing for you to do, to try to make it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    I apologize for our skepticism but he certainly blew it around here and this actually seems like the type of thing he'd do on one of his "re-appearances".
    Not a problem, it caught me off-guard but then I realized it was just a testament to the damage certain people have caused this community.

    Quote Originally Posted by ghsqb View Post
    I'm just curious Mike, how did you find out about Steves misdeeds (to use your word)?
    I always had my suspicions, but I'd say the tipping point was in 2007 when I was visiting him and our mom and wanted to order some t-shirts online. I couldn't remember their address so I typed "938 Alexandria Place" into Google to see if that was it. It was.

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    :O i wasnt scammed by him, but this is probably one of the nicest things someone could do
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonzaiThePenguin View Post
    I typed "938 Alexandria Place" into Google to see if that was it. It was.
    <<scrambles>> to type in my home address... whew. It's clean

    If you had suspicions since 2007, why not do something about it then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    I apologize for our skepticism but he certainly blew it around here and this actually seems like the type of thing he'd do on one of his "re-appearances".
    That's what sparking my intentionally dry question. Last thing we needed is, as an example, another scammer using your brother's death to scam again.

    Quote Originally Posted by fluid_matrix View Post
    If you had suspicions since 2007, why not do something about it then?
    That's easy for us to say, much harder for a sibling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluid_matrix View Post
    If you had suspicions since 2007, why not do something about it then?
    Technically, I did I stopped talking to him for years and figured the legal system would take care of things. When we started talking again last year it was so I could give him a legitimate job as a game designer for an iPhone app I would make for him. I was going to get him to use the sales money to pay back the people he scammed... but after going through his stuff last month I found out he hadn't been working on it at all. Oh well.

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    Well he did live in Greenacres....

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    If you really are his brother and want to make things right, it seems like it might take quite a bit of resources to make things whole again for those who lost.

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    For what it's worth, I sent a message to a few FAQers on GFAQs that knew PP to see if any of them can confirm if Bonzai is who he says he is.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    If you really are his brother and want to make things right, it seems like it might take quite a bit of resources to make things whole again for those who lost.
    Bring it. So far I have zero responses so I'm holding up okay so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gameboy Color View Post
    For what it's worth, I sent a message to a few FAQers on GFAQs that knew PP to see if any of them can confirm if Bonzai is who he says he is.
    You can ask threetimes if you still need more evidence. Really sweet girl, I've been meaning to thank her for her kindness.

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    Sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.

    To make this effort for complete strangers, when you had nothing to do with it no less, that is top tier stuff right there.

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    Go you! I wasn't scammed by him but many were and I am sure it is nice for them to see somebody coming forward to try to make some amends.

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    From what I gather, Bonzai is legit.




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