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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More on that Nigerian Steven Mackey Scam

The Ojai Music Festival blogs further on the subject of that Fake Steve Mackey scandal which they had yesterday entwittered:

Last week, someone started calling the offices claiming to be Steven Mackey - the great American composer, and featured performer on the 2009 OMF lineup. His story was pretty complicated, but the gist of it was this: poor fellow got stuck in Jamaica over spring break, and now needs our producer to wire him money to get home. Our producer works remotely for most of the year, so after speaking with "Steven," we called her. She was occupied, so she asked us to call Steven ourselves, and we found him, sitting rather undramatically in the dentist's office.
Hello, what?? Who would DO this? Why Ojai? Why Steven Mackey? I guess the hope must have been that the possibility of somebody's running a scam like this would seem even that much more improbable to the "mark," at the time, than it does to all of us who now know it actually happened. Or, another possibility: there's just been a terrible misunderstanding. John Mackey is still trapped in Jamaica, for a week, with no money.

1 comment:

5 of 7 (Gregs) said...

"Who would DO this?"

Someone who knew that Steven Mackey would be zoned out on nitrous oxide at the time.

This gets more and more sinister.