In July 2007 I outed Jamie Timbre for conning hosting customers out of hundreds of dollars by claiming they owed charges on DDOS attempts that had never happened, e-mail spam that was not the customer’s problem, etc. Shortly after, Timbre shut down his hosting ‘business’.
Fast forward to 2012 and I receive an e-mail from someone who went to school with Jamie. He found my articles on Frozen Midnight Hosting and Timbre’s previous antics and wanted to give me the heads up about some odd new behaviour…
… I’ve been recently bombarded by friend requests, twitter requests, linkedin requests, and other advertisements from Jamie. …
Vanity spam is not suspect in itself, but this guy goes on to say:
… Lecture Ticket Sales: https://jtimbre-s4-4.eventbrite.com/ (This is the most blatant lie in the entire scheme. He claims to be giving “sold out” lectures at the Learning Annex in Manhattan. We called; they had never heard of him. Not sure if he’s making a profit of this.) …
This naturally piques my interest, so I started doing some digging.
Jamie’s life seems to resolve around a persona he’s created from himself; he claims to be some sort of Microsoft IT God/employee and ‘sold out’ lecturer on Microsoft products. His Facebook fan page lists multiple supposed achievements and a long client list. His fan page was apparently created by one ‘Kristine Allen’ of Garis PR in New York, the same contact he lists on his Eventbrite events list.
I contacted Garis PR asking to speak to Kristine Allen and was told:
Next step, a little googling on Jamie himself. He’s been busy since his Frozen Midnight days, and now apparently owns a company called SplashLayer Studios:
SplashLayer, where have I heard that name before? Oh yes, in the job titles of several fans of Jamie’s fan page. There’s Kevin Carter, “Chief Operations Officer at SplashLayer Studios” (note the ‘sls’ – SplashLayer Studios – in the URL? keep an eye on that); Beth Devereaux, “Coordinator & Public relations at SplashLayer Studios” who is actually ‘Associate Professor of History Jane Lamm Carroll’ pictured in this article; and, my favourite, Rob Sunstrom, “Executive Manager, Human Resources for SplashLayer Studios”. I can’t link you to Rob Sunstrom’s profile, because when I discovered that his profile picture was actually Dr Mark Doggett I sent Dr Doggett an e-mail to let him know. Funny how shortly after Doggett replied…
…the Sunstrom profile disappeared and all of the listed employees of SplashLayer Studios had their profiles edited to remove the connection. (Wish I’d taken screenshots, actually.) Doesn’t change the fact that the little guilty ‘sls’ is still in those profile URLs though, just like Brandi Newhart (picture from eavproblog.com) and Kathy Carey, once listed as CEO of SplashLayer on the Klout page and LinkedIn:
Kathy Carey, who incidentally is better known as Ms New York ‘Mallory Hagan’.
Even better than all of those fake employees were ‘Noneofthis Isreal‘, “Defense Against the Dark Arts at SplashLayer Studios” and
‘Imso Fullofshit‘, “CEO and Chairman of the Board at SplashLayer Studios”.
Apt profile names, it’s just a shame I was too busy to take those screenshots.
Anyway. Now that we know the SLS employees are all fictional, what about the other likers of the Jamie Timbre page? How about Rita L. Brown, who as well as being a fan of Jamie Timbre, likes everything from Manchester United World to ConferenceCalls.com and Home Interior News. I wonder if Rita’s parents know she’s an Amateur Asian Hotty? (NSFW!) Cleotide Kuprian, apparently an Amazon employee, is actually a teacher by the name of Judith. Sk Jibon (another fan of Manchester United World, what a coincidence) is actually a musician; Alan Bahl is an American singer/songwriter called David Archuleta; apparently Sk Hossain and Sayeed Akram are the same person.
I wonder how much it cost Jamie to have these, and other, fake profiles (classic tell-tale symptoms: each have hundreds of likes, less than 10 friends, profile pictures lifted from elsewhere) like his page? I wonder how many of the 9,900+ likes are real?
Back to the original e-mail I received. This guy talks about Jamie’s “seminars”, including one at The Learning Annex New York, apparently sold out:
I had a friend in the States contact The Learning Annex to verify the original claim that this was fake. The Learning Annex hadn’t heard of Jamie Timbre, not in any past or future seminars/events. Further, they said that all courses are listed on their website, so if a search gives no results you know it’s not real… (I’ll let you look him up yourself, although the results are fairly predictable!)
So, Jamie’s PR contacts are fake, his seminars are fake (big thanks to Eventbrite for removing them in a timely manner), his employees are fake and his likers are fake.
Is there anything about this guy that isn’t a big fat fake?
Update 16th Aug: More fake profile links in the comments; these links will break as they’re reported and Facebook deletes them.