Following on from my post on Jamie Timbre’s fraudulent attempts to sell tickets to seminars that don’t exist I have a few updates.
- I’ve officially lost count of how many fake profiles are associated with Timbre’s fan page. Thankfully, Facebook is fantastic at removing them as soon as they’re reported (hence lots of broken links in my first post)
- I’m not the first to call Jamie out on this; see this comment from another school acquaintance
- We have independent confirmation that Jamie does not work at Microsoft / has never done a show for the radio station “New York’s Z100” (sent via email):
I read your post about Jamie Timbre. Also wanted to let you know that he claims to have a radio show on New York’s Z100…I called the radio station myself and asked when I could expect to hear his show. Of course, they’d never heard of him. I also made a point to call the Microsoft office in New York and ask to be connected to Jamie Timbre. They searched their entire New York employee database and found no one by that name.
- Timbre has me blocked on Facebook and Twitter – so he knows I’ve busted his little (fake) empire
The sad news is that the only reason I can find for this somewhat creepy behaviour is to increase his scoring for an online social networking game ’empire avenue’ (see Jamie’s profile). Basically, you’re scored based on your activity, allowing you to buy “stocks” in other people which boosts your score/online currency for the game in turn. More currency = the ability to ‘pay’ people to like your page/follow you on twitter. I cannot figure out which came first, though: Jamie’s narcissistic and mostly fake fan page, or his participation in the game.
Update, 17th August:
Of course it’s BS. That’s why Facebook, Eventbrite, EmpireAvenue etc have all removed your fake profiles, seminars etc. Oh wait…