Tolerating Payne: Identity theft is latest handicapping trend

Unsavory characters, unable to make money off their own abilities, are stealing from those who have earned credibility.

In October, an impostor claiming to be respected Covers.com member BigEastExpert created a Twitter account in an apparent effort to promote picks on the site JLB’s Sports Information.

The impostor claimed in his Twitter bio that he is: “Long time handicapper on Covers.com. Now posting plays on this Twitter & also providing picks via email (Email Now) for easy access to all my plays daily. #BEE.”

They even went as far as to copy the real BigEastExpert’s avatar of Noel Devine.

(After being contacted for this story, the Twitter bio was changed Tuesday to eliminate the reference to Covers.com, multiple sources confirmed).

The impostor also hatched a story about how his Covers.com member account had been hacked and forum moderators did nothing about it. On the top of his page on jlbsportsinfo.blogspot.com, it reads, “Beware of the "FAKE" BEE on that other website (I have no control of the account) it was hacked 2months ago.”

Then on Twitter:

“BigEastExpert Big East Expert @ (In reply to follower) : The issue has been talked about for 2months : Account was hacked mods did nothing so i went on Twitter and email. On fire since”

Covers.com
has screen shots of other references by him regarding his Covers account being hacked.

No such complaint has been lodged with Covers.com, and the account password and username has not been changed or compromised since its creation in 2006.

Two years ago, I did a story with the real BigEastExpert, an executive at a Fortune500 company who is in his early 40s and lives on the east coast. I recently communicated with him as well as the impostor and a third party to gather facts for this story. I offered the opportunity for the impostor and a representative of JLB’s Sports Information to tell their side.

“Jeremy Picks” from JLB’s Sports Information responded with: “Knock yourself out buddy. Free publication will be very much appreciated. They said i was the fraud last year and my plays did the talking. 1 Year over 550 members and over 2,000 twitter followers. I will also EXPOSE you through another site where they will be doing the same exact story. Have a great day.”
 
“Jeremy Picks” later added that he knows BigEastExpert personally and had spoken with him over the phone.

The real BigEastExpert denied this claim: “He does not know me personally, never had my cell phone number (nobody at Covers has my info) and therefore never called me. And I have never called him,” he said.

The craziest part of the whole scam is that, according to sources, the fake BigEastExpert has posted winning plays. Why not do it legitimately?

I asked the person behind the fake Twitter account that question, but, in between threats of legal action, received only:  “You really thinks it hurts me??  I already have 3 sites wanting me to post plays daily, winning is what counts. Have fun with a story nobody will give 2 shits about. Also have fun with the coming lawsuit, at the very least it should cost you some good time and money. Hope it's worth it.”

Long story short, the real BigEastExpert is still posting - for free - at Covers.com, like he has for six years. He also has his own Twitter account, @Big_East. His Covers.com account has never been hijacked, and he says he has no intentions of ever selling his picks.

“I really believe in honesty, integrity and character,” the real BigEastExpert wrote in an email. “Old-fashioned values. This guy has none of these qualities to carry out this fraud. But this is part of the online world that we now live in. People can get away with just about anything in the virtual world.”

The @BigEastExpert Twitter feed is claiming to be someone he isn’t, evidently because he’s not a good enough handicapper to earn a following on his own merits. Unfollow accordingly.

While Twitter has emerged as an invaluable handicapping tool, it’s also become a vehicle for such fraud.

In October, a Twitter account named @CoverSteam was using the Covers.com logo, but was not operated by anyone from Covers. The account was linked to a handicapper who goes by the name John Harrison and was formerly listed as the owner of VegasKillers.com. After confronting Harrison, a representative of VegasKillers.com emailed Covers.com and stated that Harrison was no longer associated with the company. Previously WagerMinds.com reported that Harrison had already once claimed to have committed suicide, only to reappear months later.

You can’t make this stuff up.

In the end, it’s hard to believe these fine individuals are making enough money off their scams to make it worthwhile. But evidently they are, because there seems to be another one popping up all the time. Or maybe they’re all just the same jackass who just changes their name every time they are exposed as what they truly are – losers.

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Posted by AC4LIFE
2 years ago

big east is the man... always supplement/compare my card with mr. expert
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Posted by BigEastExpert
2 years ago

Great writing DP. This was a solid piece of journalism. These guys were exposed and there was no credible counter to this article. You have posted the preeminent piece on this important issue in the industry. Thanks for doing such good work. All smart and educated readers and followers know what the real deal is. Good guys 1, bad guys 0
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Posted by PatsDyNASTY
2 years ago

Great article. Glad the subject has been brought to light so the masses know about the fakes
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Thanks, buddy ... good luck in Indy
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Posted by Canucklehead33
2 years ago

I've also noticed that these 'cons', have horrible grammar, spelling & basic sentence structure, LOL. I realize it's Twitter and you've got a small character limit but, these scammers sound like they're either retarded street punks or 9 year olds who can't type and just watched some gangsta movies which they're trying to emulate. I find (on average & most occasions) the posters at Covers.com to be mostly intelligent and coherent. I can tell by the text & tone between the BEE here and the BEE on Twitter, that's it's not the same person at all. You can also easily identify the tools who are 'in bed' with them on Twitter because their tweets have the same tone of stupidity & laziness.
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Agreed. I never want to be the grammar/spelling police, but some of their responses were bordering on difficult to read. Plus, they kept contradicting themselves. 'You're hurting my right to make a living / I don't sell picks'
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Posted by powerplayer063
2 years ago

Just like we recognize the sound of a persons voice our writing style has hallmarks that are unique to us. BEE has enough posts over the years that this is especially true. If it does not sound (content, style, typical vocab, phrases) you should question the author. It really sucks that BEE has to deal with this dirtbag. What is amazing to me is how brash this imposter is. I don't care how good his picks are....I'm sure he has an excuse for stealing your credit card info as well.
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Posted by INVESTINSPORTS
2 years ago

BigEastExpert.....Has always been a straight shooter whether you agree or disagree with his picks. Simply a knowledgeable, caring and sharing of his sports know-how makes him a favorite on my list. Top shelf Sports guy!!
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Posted by MRSARATOGA
2 years ago

BigEast has always been classy and along with kindergardencapper, are my two favs.
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Posted by sirrobinhood
2 years ago

keep betting against all free picks you will win at least 65%. LET THEM KEEP GIVING OUT FREE PICKS AND GO THE OTHER WAY. IF I JUST DID THAT WITHOUT DOING OTHER THINGS I WOULD BE A BILLIONAIRE. THOSE TYPE OF GUYS ARE FULL OF SHIT.
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Posted by BigEastExpert
2 years ago

Important to note is that Pregame_Frauds is also in bed with these guys on the scam.
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Posted by Tahoeplayer
2 years ago

I am sure others have heard this saying and its true for this story. If this con man would work as hard doing the right thing as he has running this con life would be so much better. He would have something and not have to work as hard or look over his shoulder. So many SCAMS
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Well said. This guy says he doesn't even sell picks, which just makes it all the more confusing. Thanks for the post.
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Posted by BIGfnPOO
2 years ago

tremendous!
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Posted by MoneySRH
2 years ago

covers poster identity theft. crazy
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Posted by thomas6512
2 years ago

People are SCUM, and the biggest scumbag as you mentioned is JOHN HARRISON
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Posted by B1AZE
2 years ago

This smells like Randizzle with the JLB stuff and how JLB and Randizzle have similar websites and tweet out the same exact stuff. Oddly, Incarcerated BOB started pumping JLB up eventually. Now he's pumping up BEE. Which tweets stuff like Randizzle and buys points like Randizzle and BEE's with JLB?.... Coincidence? Or is the Coincidence that Randizzle stole his name / identity from the original Randizzle. mystery solved. Nice article as well. Well done.
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Those names also were mentioned to me while reporting on the story. Appreciate the post.
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Posted by houseman
2 years ago

I was on myspace years ago and someone had blasted this girl for stealing this the (deceased) girls photo...the girl was attractive and the prick that took it had no morals, decency, class, or backbone! May the buyer beware gentlemen,
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Awful story, but spot-on post. These cats are bad news and will always be around to F with the good guys. That doesn't mean the rest of us good guys can't F with them back.
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Posted by Skipbone
2 years ago

draaaaaaaaaaaamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Posted by frankz1
2 years ago

ROFL
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Posted by joeylazaretti
2 years ago

Just... wow.
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Posted by thomas6512
2 years ago

"People are SCUM, and the biggest scumbag as you mentioned is JOHN HARRISON"