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(GoFundMe)   Arguably the most pathetic hopeless cause that sounds like a scam but isn't you'll read all weekend. OK, all day. OK, how about all afternoon?   (gofundme.com) divider line 14
    More: Sad, Liz Taylor, good works, Columbus Day, dentures, marinas, child prostitution, mind control, chemical burn  
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2013-11-17 03:51:57 PM  
Hi, I submitted this on behalf of a fellow chess player.   The whole thing sounds bizarre, but my experience with chess players and the chess community has been that the bizarre is often commonplace, especially in the United States where even the best players are more or less accorded the societal status of nerdy gypsies (nerpsies?).  Anyhow, International Master Timothy Taylor's efforts to raise funds for his wife has gone nowhere after chess.com (now by far the largest American chess website) pulled his appeal from their blogger area, and I feel bad for the guy and figured I'd, for better or for worse, try the power of Fark.

Btw, I have it on good authority that this isn't a scam; the dentist in question has been called up and has confirmed that Mr. Taylor's wife is a patient there.
 
2013-11-17 04:55:05 PM  
I don't really get what they're trying to raise money for. Something is wrong with her jaw? Is she the mother or the child in the picture? Is the money needed for surgery? Wat kind of surgery?
A lot of information is needed here.
 
2013-11-17 05:20:50 PM  

Bob Falfa: I don't really get what they're trying to raise money for. Something is wrong with her jaw? Is she the mother or the child in the picture? Is the money needed for surgery? Wat kind of surgery?
A lot of information is needed here.


Have you considered RTFA?
 
2013-11-17 05:25:44 PM  

Rincewind53: Bob Falfa: I don't really get what they're trying to raise money for. Something is wrong with her jaw? Is she the mother or the child in the picture? Is the money needed for surgery? Wat kind of surgery?
A lot of information is needed here.

Have you considered RTFA?


Oh, hey, there it is. I honestly didn't scroll down that far. Not a very well designed website; that article should be up top for idiots like me.
 
2013-11-17 06:23:38 PM  
Sorry, Subs. Read down to the bottom, it still sounds like a scam.
 
2013-11-17 07:02:14 PM  

propasaurus: Sorry, Subs. Read down to the bottom, it still sounds like a scam.


Are you kidding me? Did you see how long that freaking thing is?
 
2013-11-17 07:09:26 PM  
What makes it feel scammy to me:

We have a lot of things still in play (I hope) like appeals to charities, wealthy individuals,

And then, forget the millionaires--what of the billionaires? Los Angeles is full of them. I've been writing the richest one, Dr. Soon Shiong, regularly for two years

Does anyone know of a rich man or woman with a heart?

If some wealthy person is looking to do a good deed,

All we want is the operation, and nothing less will do. We need $55,000 for the operation. For example, $35,000 won't help us at all.

I have been frantically asking all the rich people I know



Really comes across as "We want money. Lots and lots of money. Not a little money, a LOT. Do you have lots of money? Do you know somebody who does? 'Cause we want a lot of it"
 
2013-11-17 07:12:09 PM  

propasaurus: Sorry, Subs. Read down to the bottom, it still sounds like a scam.


Yep. If you want to prove this isn't a scam, let's start with the full name of "Marina" and some verifiable details of the "charges" brought againt her. This ought to be a trivial thing to produce...

But yeah, everything about this screams bullshiat.
 
2013-11-17 07:26:39 PM  

Bob Falfa: Really comes across as "We want money. Lots and lots of money. Not a little money, a LOT. Do you have lots of money? Do you know somebody who does? 'Cause we want a lot of it"


Uzzah: But yeah, everything about this screams bullshiat.


My feelings as well.  Sorry, subs, I know being in a chess club is the ultimate character reference (right behind cop and Christian), but I think you've been scammed.
 
2013-11-17 11:32:18 PM  
june 28th he started a month-long campaign on the same site to get 13k to go to europe for two months from the beginning of october until the end of november to play in a chess tournament which he claimed he would win, but he didn't bother explaining why he was so sure he would win or anything like that. anyway, my point is, if your wife's health was falling apart as rapidly as he claims his wife's is, would you try to raise money so that you could jet off to the other side of the world on a foolish folly for two months, leaving her at home?
 
2013-11-17 11:48:31 PM  
Allow me to help http://healthcare.gov

You can sign up for health insurance that isn't allowed to deny new subscribers due to pre-existing conditions.

Liz will be covered on January 1st.
 
2013-11-17 11:51:14 PM  
The last fundraiser was two months, so at the end of august he was still planning to go to europe for two months. guy sounds like a complete asshole
 
2013-11-18 03:03:43 AM  
I don't think so, Tim.
 
2013-11-18 09:21:13 AM  
Sorry, was away yesterday and missed the comments, but yeah, the guy is definitely weird, perhaps even by chess player standards. A lot of things aren't working in his favor here: the bizarre tone of some of his story, the poor website design, even his wife's name. That said, I really don't think it's a scam; from everybody I know who's met the guy, he's just not that slick and lots of things about this support that theory if nothing else.

That said, I understand if you guys think it's just a completely inept scam. The main thing that depresses me about this whole thing thing is that the chess community, such that it is, has completely ignored his pleas in spite of a fair number fairly credible professional players in Southern California who know Timothy Taylor personally and could at least vouch for his situation if not help directly.

In any event, for now, it looks like the ACA might actually be his wife's only hope. Yikes.
 
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