At the time of the Bleeding Cool article (January 4, 2014) this Doctor Who Event was advertised as being at University of North Florida and was to feature Doctor Who actor Colin Baker. But then reports started coming into us that organizer Thomas Perryman allegedly never had any event space even booked at UNF for this event to happen and we found this quote posted to the UNF Student Union page “A scam artist named Thomas Perryman is claiming to be organizing an event at UNF in the Student Union. He is selling all pirated material and trying to rip off people in the process.”
|A screen grab of his site on 9/24/14. The venue was canceled on 9/2/14. Later this same day the special note was edited off, but all the info for the hotel and ticket sales links remain.|
I’ve never had anything but a one way conversation with Perryman through his Facebook page — all of which has been included above it its entirety in this post — so clearly I never even had the chance to tell him such nonsense.
for the record, I am not now nor have I ever been Banky’s manager or have I ever made any claim even remotely similar. Period. Perryman ‘Mite’ want to check his facts before he starts spewing lies about anyone else and I challenge him to show anywhere/anytime that I ever said this.
So after all of this, I now know for sure this guy is a liar, he makes up lies to excuse away his commitments, anyone that questions him is an ‘idiot’, and he deeply fears the facts coming out about his doomed convention.
After his little name calling and blatant lies about me, I am solemnly committed to make sure all of my con-comrades read this post and keep an eye out for this guy and avoid working with him or letting him toll their cons to take advantage of their guests and patrons for further scams.
To that, it’s not my money at risk on tickets for an event that will never happen. I can already guess the outcome here. So for every one’s sake, I hope they don’t fall for this potential scam. The small nearly hidden disclaimer on his site tells me no one will ever see their money back if they’ve been foolish enough to give him any: “All purchases made through this website and seller AWA Florida-Dr Who are final and there are no refunds. This applies to collectibles and events.”
For everyone reading this that doesn’t know me, let me say this, don’t believe a word I say. Find out for yourself. I encourage anyone who is unsure of what to make of all this and would like to believe this is still happening, by all means, call the Ramada for yourself and find out. Their number is (904) 737-1700. Ask for the booking agent for the their convention center. They’ll tell you the truth he won’t. Then ask him what’s up on his Facebook event page. You may find yourself banned as a hater as well.
We fear Perryman is just talking people’s money and believe he is now stalling to announce the cancellation to rake in as much money as possible and will not be putting on a show for it or returning any of the money. UNF was a scam. So it seems is this. And he’s not doing or saying anything to make me or anyone else think otherwise. And if I’m right, this will certainly do harm our local con scene if he gets away with it.
Help your scene, help yourself, spread the word about this and PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT GIVING MONEY TO A SCAM!
After this post being shared around Facebook for just under an hour a new post appeared on the Doctor Who event page:
Only a scammer would want to silence anyone asking for vital pertinent info to an event. So again, ask yourself why delay giving attendees vital info that will effect their travel plans and finances? Why not let people know not to book a room at that hotel? Why edit the web page multiple times but NOT take down the hotel info?
And to reiterate my standing on this. I’ve never been against this con. I did not oppose it. I tried at first to support it. If I thought for one second this guy was really a fan and doing this for the fans instead of trying to just shamelessly profit from it, I would open up all my resources to him to help find a venue and make this event happen. But when he never replies, deletes posts, and make completely false accusations and statements about the situation, I’m left with little choice but to start sounding the alarm. It’s what any true WHOvian would do.
We contacted the charity he had listed from the Jacksonville event page on his site, ‘Angel Snugs’ and asked if they knew anything about the cancellation or relocation of the con and this is what they replied – “We were aware of this event but he notified me weeks ago that he was cancelling it, and to stop promoting it.” So he notified the charity WEEKS ago to STOP promoting it, yet still to this date he has not taken down the ticket links, hotel info, or made any similar announcement to his guest or ticket buyers about any such cancellation.
**After this update Perryman deleted this from his page.
Another guest of this convention, John Ross Vandagriff, the Doctor Who cosplayer advertised all over their site announces today that he will also not be attending posting this to his Facebook page: “This event for next weekend in Jax has been cancelled for unknown reasons, but the article here and another one I’ll post in comments below will explain why I won’t be attending anything further associated with the person in charge.”
Just days away from this alleged con some ticket buyers are asking Amazon for refunds for tickets they bought through his site. Two WHOvians have contacted us today to let us know their refunds were approved one along with a note on the refund email received that read “Event NOT canceled refund given to unhappy buyer.” Though the other buyer told us Perryman contacted him through the event fan page and in regard to the refund made mention of “very low ticket sales.” but no mention of a new venue. At the time of this post, he has not changed anything on the web page. Ticket links are still up. Ramada info is still up. Guests who have publicly cancelled are still listed.
Tonight I’ve spoken with another WHOvian duped by this con-artist. What she thought would be a “Fun family weekend” has turned into a nightmare for her and her family including her special needs daughter who was looking forward to meeting a Doctor. They bought four weekend passes to the Doctor Who Event for the family to go, a total of $200.00 invested in tickets back in March of this year when Collin Baker was allegedly scheduled to appear. In message exchanges between the mother and Perryman, being told of her daughter’s special needs, he allegedly offered a meet-and-greet and green room access to the girl to meet her first Doctor in person. This of course had the family even more excited about this event. However, after the ‘cancellation’ of Baker and as this event has drawn ever closer it has become clearer and clearer to the family that Perryman isn’t being up front with them. They contacted him for a refund to which he has avoided doing, suggesting the family try and resell the tickets, which they have been unable to do. More recently, after some direct questioning about the con to Perryman, he has unfriended the mother and sent her some rather nasty messages (she read one to us and we are waiting for these to be forwarded to us so we can post word for word). Though the mother says the weekend won’t be a total loss because her special needs daughter has made it through to a participate in a Special Olympics event that same weekend, she did say “The worst part was having to tell my husband I lost $200.00 and my daughter than she wasn’t going to meet the Doctor.” The family will be contacting Amazon to try and get a refund. We hope the best for them and will update the progress on this as we hear from them. Please continue to help spread the word about this scam and don’t let any other innocent fans fall victim to this fraud.
UPDATE 2 – 9/30/14
In one of the more blatant and shocking examples of Perryman‘s seemingly endless string of frauds, I received a call today from Brian Coghill who represents the replica Tardis’ that are advertised on the Doctor Who Event site for rental. Perryman has dedicated an entire page of his web site for a “Rent A Tardis” service with info and links about their appearances, photos of them at conventions that he allegedly arranged, and another Amazon payment link at the bottom to collect a $250.00 deposit so you could have one of these Tardis at your event, convention, wedding or other affair. See the screen grab below of this page on his web site:
Allegedly Perryman originally did try and rent these from Hangar 18 Props to set up at the Connecticut ComiCONN but Coghill and his group upon being alerted to Perryman’s questionable practices and upon request to not work with him from the BBC (who sanctions their appearances) they quickly cut all ties. In kind the convention ended up cutting out Perryman as the middle man and worked directly with Coghill to keep the Tardis display at the convention as advertised.
At the time of this update, nearly two months after Hangar 18 Props posted that Perryman was not affiliated and should not be advertising the rental of their products or collecting ‘deposit’ money, he still continues to keep the ‘Rent A Tardis’ page up and running with active links to Amazon to give him money for something he has no right to collect on.
If anyone had any doubts of Perryman’s intentions this makes it undoubtedly clear what he’s up to. Buyer beware.
We’d also like to note that the self-imposed date of 9/27/14 that Perryman set for “Any & All Show information” to be released to silence all who oppose his con (see update 9/24) has come and gone with no new info. Silence has fallen.
I spoke yesterday with Matthew Jacobs (pictured above as he appears on the Doctor Who Event web site today) over the phone last night regarding his advertised appearance at this con. I asked him to message me in his own words what happened on his end to pass along to our readers. Below is the email I just received:
My question is, why can Perryman give this information WEEKS ago to some guests, but not others, or more importantly why can’t he say this to his ticket buyers NOW? Why does he STILL have the links to ticket sales up? Why does he STILL have the Ramada hotel info listed? Couldn’t this all have been avoided if he had just been upfront and instead of deleting posts and blocking people and just told everyone what was going on? As one commenter said; “With all the damn effort he takes to keep the lie alive he could have just done the damn con!” So true. Thanks to Matthew for talking with me and contributing his side of things.
Late last night, nearly one month to the day since Perryman canceled the Ramada as a venue for his con, he FINALLY posted the first new info about it. Unfortunately it is nothing most of didn’t already expect and comes across as one more of his now standard and vague delay tactics to milk more money from innocent con goers, much like the commenter who “just bought tickets today!”.
Now the con is ‘rescheduled’. There is a new venue, but he fails to mention where it is. Ticket links are still up on the web site (along with photos and info of nearly every guest who have already canceled or been canceled) and you are encouraged to buy tickets without any idea where this will be or who will be featured.
What con have you ever heard of doing this?
And let’s not forget all you lucky ticket holders who already bought tickets and will have nothing to do this weekend. You’re tickets will still be honored! Woo! Only now they are not for the event you paid for, but for a new date with no known location info and no idea who the guests could be. And while he continues to collect the hard earned money of wishful fans, everyone gets to wait at least another month until November to even hope to find out any info because HE is stepping back into the shadows hoping all these ‘false accusations’ will just be forgotten.
Don’t bet on it.
WHOvians watch out for one another. And watch out for those who would take advantage of this fandom. You’re on notice Perryman. You are being watched. Do the right thing and take down your ticket links and refund anyone who asks for it. Take down all the incorrect information on your site (including your fraudulent Rent A Tardis scam) and stop trying to take advantage of people. Then you‘re more than welcome to step away where ever you’d like. Preferably as far away from Jacksonville as possible.
As the weekend this con was supposed to happen draws to a close we can only sadly report that the worst that could have happened, did happen. Thomas Perryman did finally post info about the con being rescheduled, then he shamefully deleted that post so the last visible post on the now deactivated fan page would be a post about the upcoming con with no notice of venue or date change. With most people looking at Facebook for info these days over official web sites, far too many people actually did buy tickets to this event and some even traveled from out of town and booked hotel rooms at the Ramada for this con that was never going to happen.
Note the bottom comment on this thread:
How unthinkably callus of Perryman to steal people money for tickets to a con he knows will not happen, but add insult to injury to not at the very least inform these buyers of his proposed rescheduling so they do not waste even more of their hard earned money on travel and lodging. Simply shameful.
Added to his ongoing string of fraud, we have also confirmed that Perryman took payment as a deposit for the Rent A Tardis service he has a page up for on his site. The booking was for this weekend at a family event at a Library in Kissimmee, Florida.
Take special note of this. He took a deposit to book the Tardis THIS WEEKEND in a city other than Jacksonville. The SAME Tardis he was advertising being at HIS con. Further proof this guy is nothing more than a fraud who never had any intention of delivering on ANY agreement or booking he‘s made.
Hanger 18, the group who actually owns the Tardis that Perryman is fraudulently booking and taking money for, only found out about their Tardis being booked when they were tracked down and contacted by the Library, who Perryman stopped returning calls from three weeks ago. To their credit, the guys of Hangar 18 packed up their Tardis and drove it down to Kissimmee and set it up for the Library’s event so they would not be without one as they’d advertised (pictured below).
Brian Coghill of Hanger 18 Props posted this on his Facebook page after the event …
“Once we got there and realized it was almost all small children and moms, we were really pissed, that he could do that to children. They showed me a check with my name on it, and I told them to destroy it. We’re not wealthy, but I can’t take that.”
In a further move to pad his fraud, Perryman updated his Rent A Tardis page with this message:
“We do have a new and proper TARDIS provider (Post August) that is very honorable and will show up for Events and their commitments. TARDIS provider is Woodcrafts By Lexton and NOT Hanger 18 Props as Hanger 18 Props does not uphold commitments made. Brian Coghill & Hanger 18 Props should be avoided at all times. Not affiliated with the BBC nor interested.”
Clearly, Hanger 18’s actions speak volumes louder than Perryman’s desperate blustering. His blatant libel and defamation of character of these good people who not only uphold their commitments but have now also held up HIS commitments will not go unanswered. Hanger 18 plans on taking legal action against him and I for one wish them the best.
Additionally, we did a quick Google search for “Woodcrafts By Lexton” to look into this ‘honorable new and proper provider’ and the only mention or logo for them anywhere on the web seems to be exclusively on Perryman’s WhoEvent.com web site. Another fake? Time will tell.
After our post last night about the suspect “Woodcrafts By Lexton”company listed on Perryman’s site as the new providers of the Tardis for his upcoming conventions and Rent A Tardis page:
We were sent a link to this web site that has been around since 2010 with the exact same logo design, just a different name:
Are these the new Tardis providers legit? Do they even exist, or is this another fraud perpetrated by Perryman with a stolen and altered logo from another company? We’re looking into it.
Today I spoke to Bernard Holly, the ‘headlining guest’ listed on Perryman’s web site for the alleged Doctor Who Event in Roanoke, VA (and second down on the Hartford, CT date), and below is what he told me:
Once more Perryman is advertising guests on his web site that he has been informed weeks ago that they would not be attending.
I‘ve just heard back from the headlining guest of Perryman’s con, Jon Davey, who has told me …
“I canceled a while ago, but did ask for my details to be removed from web site which not sure if they were.”
His images have been removed from the other dates on his site, but as of today, Davey’s image still remains on the ‘rescheduled’ Jax convention page.
Some people are still keeping tabs on Perryman and his antics and to no one’s surprise, he’s still up to his old tricks. We were directed to the home page of his event site featuring some WHO related art by Charles P. Daly (A.K.A Cpd-91)
The problem with this? Much like every other photo and bits of info on his site, he had niether the right or permission to use it on his page. Oddly enough, he linked right to the artist he lifted the images from:
Where on the artists page he has a posted warning that his art was being used without permission and links back to this blog and the now infamous Bleeding Cool article that first outed Perryman as a scam artist.
Is there no end to Perryman’s brazen theft?
by Max Michaels