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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.
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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:
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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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    I added a third Q&A to my original post.

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    I'm unsticking this, as it's been a while and there seems to be no real activity in the thread.
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    Necro-bump!

    I totally missed this thread, but I'm actually from Greenacres, I even met up with Psycho Penguin once from a craigslist post just to see to see how he was trying to screw me over. (His "excellent" condition PSX games turned out to be shitty loose disc-doctored discs) Today I was googling him to warn a local facebook group about avoiding Steve in the event he signed up. That's when I discovered his obituary and realized he is in fact quite dead.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sun...?pid=152285155

    Don't know if the offer would still stand 4 years later, but if you legitimately want to be compensated for whatever he stole you may want to try tracking down his brother. Can't hurt, in any event he's not Steve the Zombie. I don't think. :P

    Edit: Read through the whole thread and realized this had been longed confirmed. Yes I'm lazy. Still surprised.
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    Yeah, we had a topic before this one talking about his death, then his brother popped in with this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daria View Post
    Don't know if the offer would still stand 4 years later, but if you legitimately want to be compensated for whatever he stole you may want to try tracking down his brother. Can't hurt, in any event he's not Steve the Zombie. I don't think. :P
    I haven't really spoken to a majority of the GFAQs contributor community in a few years, but there were people close to Psycho Penguin among them. Might be able to find someone to get you in contact if needed (I'm thinking threetimes, but I haven't talked to her in years).




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    It's hard to believe this was like 4 years ago.

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    More telling is how many user who posted in this topic four years ago who aren't posting here any more.




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