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The Final Chapter of Bobby Purcell - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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The Final Chapter of Bobby Purcell
Thanks to the ingenuity of fellow LJer, explosivo, I was able to track down the webmaster of Bobby's website. I spoke with him at length about Bobby Purcell. It seems his little brother was Bobby's lover for a year and Bobby also lived with the webmaster and his girlfriend for some time.

The conclusive information is Bobby Purcell is his real name. He has been running the "I have a book coming out on Simon & Schuster and I'm going to be on Oprah" for some time with a number of people. His scams are repetitive. He is now homeless and hustling.

From the very first email I received with this incredible offer, my radar was up. It was just that I wanted to believe so badly that I let my emotional guard down. It took me a step back but I refuse to let this grifter affect something so central to my mental health as my faith.

Onward.

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Bill O'Reilly - KABC

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among_the_stars From: among_the_stars Date: January 8th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
How bizarre!
Glad you were finally able to get to the bottom of it. :)
biggeek From: biggeek Date: January 8th, 2003 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

Looks like penz2paper.org webserver is offline, but their e-mail server is still chugging away:


$ telnet penz2paper.org 25
Trying 206.117.30.50...
Connected to penz2paper.org.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 default VOPmail ESMTP Receiver Version 4.2.181.0 Ready
HELO
250 OK



The hosting site's IP address resides a netblock owned by ln.net:


01/13/04 15:48:59 IP block penz2paper.org@
Trying 206.117.30.50 at ARIN
Trying 206.117.30 at ARIN

OrgName: Los Nettos
OrgID: LNET

NetRange: 206.117.0.0 - 206.117.255.255
CIDR: 206.117.0.0/16
NetName: LOS-NETTOS-BLK4
NetHandle: NET-206-117-0-0-1
Parent: NET-206-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: C15.LN.NET
NameServer: NS.ISI.EDU
NameServer: TRANTOR.UMD.EDU
Comment:
RegDate: 1995-08-21
Updated: 1999-09-21

TechHandle: LH-ORG-ARIN
TechName: LosNettos Hostmaster
TechPhone: +1-310-822-1511
TechEmail: hostmaster@ln.net


I recognize these guys from some of the spam dealings over the years:

Los Nettos is operated by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California on behalf of the Los Nettos Consortium. The Los Nettos Consortium consists of six member organizations: Centergate, CalTech, JPL, TRW, USC, and ISI.)

So the site's webmaster is essentially using USC equipment and bandwidth to keep a scam operating. I'm sure LosNettos wouldn't be too thrilled to hear that.

You should provide copies of your e-mail exchange to abuse@ln.net, hostmaster@ln.net and los-nettos-info@isi.edu and get this schlub shut down completely and permanently.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 8th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

Thanks BG! I think I understood most of your message. I spoke with the webmaster who took down the site when he discovered the scam as well. I do not think he is working in concert with Purcell. I'm not sure of the webmaster's spam business but he did give me valuable info about Purcell so I could put it to, um, bed.

I appreciate your effort in helping me on this : )

Thanks!
biggeek From: biggeek Date: January 8th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

>Thanks BG! I think I understood most of your message.

(Translated, that means "Speak English, for chrissakes!")

Sorry about the geek speak...I get carried away sometimes.

>I spoke with the webmaster who took down the site
>when he discovered the scam as well. I do not think
>he is working in concert with Purcell.

The fact that Mr. Chow would pull the website, but email and DNS for the penz2paper.org domain still works tells me he's either:

1. A sloppy system administrator.

2. Stupid.

3. In cahoots and waiting for the dust to settle.

4. All of the above.

Although it seems as if you're ready to let this go, you should consider sending off an email over this webmasters head to ln.net anyway...Including copies of the excite.com emails.

The website was clearly and admittedly part of a scam, and the e-mail and DNS to that domain are still operational and are still being hosted on ln.net's equipment.

Let ln.net's abuse team do the rest.

(So, can you tell that I'm an unemployed Systems Administrator yet? Tally Ho! *Gallops off after windmill*)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 8th, 2003 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

I like big geeks : )

Thanks for the legwork. I was hesitant to mention Mr. Chow because I really do not think he was involved with Purcell. I think he became involved because his brother was "involved" with Purcell - but not in a criminal way. I guess My. Chow stumbled onto something he didn't fully understand until it was too late. I'm pretty certain any association they once had has ended after the laundry finally got aired out.

But you've provided a very interesting tech link to this and an avenue that could be explorede should I ever need to. But I doubt if I will. It is better to leave Bobby Purcell alone in his own self-made hell.
biggeek From: biggeek Date: January 8th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

Looks like Mr. Chow is a suit and a ColdFusion jockey at annex.com.

http://www.annex.com/about/companyprofile.cfm

http://www.dreamsevermore.com/about/index.cfm

Eeeyuck...If I was in his position professionally, that last think I'd want is to have any association with the likes of Bobby Purcell.

Jesus...What was he thinking?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 8th, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

PS: The emails I received were an excite.com address. Does that make a difference? Also how did you find out the site was penz2paper.org? Google?
biggeek From: biggeek Date: January 8th, 2003 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Purcell

>PS: The emails I received were an excite.com address.
>Does that make a difference?

Well, if the author was pointing you twards penz2paper.com while soliciting you for money based on that information...Probably not a whole bunch. At least as far as the hosting provider goes when they look for Acceptable Use Policy breaches.

>Also how did you find out the site was penz2paper.org?
>Google?

Google caching is your friend. ;P
jdjdjd From: jdjdjd Date: January 8th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been reading all this with interest since you first posted about it. And I know you're finally done with it (thankfully). But I'm curious. I seemed to have missed how you met this guy in the first place. Didn't you say a 'friend'? And wouldn't this friend have known it was a scam from the beginning?
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: January 8th, 2003 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. my friend was scammed out of about $400.00. This guy, Bobby Purcell, turned out to be a male Bonnie Lee Bakley. Small time con artist who seemingly never went for a big score but lots of little ones. My friend had known him for two months when i became involved so their relationship wasn't very deep. But my friend feels had nonetheless.
jdjdjd From: jdjdjd Date: January 8th, 2003 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re:

That just sucks all the way around then. I'm sorry hon.
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