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"Bigal" (aka Big Al or BiGal) is the pseudonym of Alan James Watson, a a 75 year old man who lives in a retirement home in Greenslopes, an unremarkable but quiet suburb of Brisbane, Ausfailia. He was born in Yorkshire, England, and emigrated to Australia under shady circumstances. He owned and operated a gambling den in Maidstone (a suburb of Melbourne) from 1970 under the name "Western Suburbs Bingo Centre". He prides himself on being the admin "De Master Yoda" at the scambaiting site antifraudintl.org. His claim to infamy comes from having been banned from a forum devoted to the discussion of scam baiting back in 2006, and pathetically trying to make a large noise on the internet about it since then. Like the ancient mariner, he engages anyone he meets online and relates his tale of woe, even when the audience makes active efforts to get away. He accuses random people on the internet of being responsible for his banning. He says he will expose the evil eater moderators for their evil ways of stealing, paedophilia or worse, and has been on the verge of sending everyone to jail for the past ten years. He is the Grace Saunders of the scambaiting world. His latest crusade is to remove his photo from the internet, because it was stolen from his computer, and this page, because it is defaming him. He hasn't succeeded in either yet.
Scambaiting is the art of scamming 419 scammers out of their sanity by pretending to be a gullible victim, while tricking them into posing for silly pictures and travelling halfway around the world searching for imaginary money.
There are many communities dedicated to practitioners of this art, that tends to attract some very colourful individuals. On the one hand you have the usual batch of basement dwellers, internet humanitarians, trolls and faggots. On the other hand, you also get some people with hugely inflated egos and the occasional genuinely mentally disturbed tinfoil-hat wearing nutcase.
- 1 Bigal gets his name
- 2 Bigal joins 419eater.com
- 3 His blog was hacked
- 4 Big Al joins theRanter
- 5 Crusade against anti-scam sites
- 6 Arstechnica article
- 7 The dot net fiasco
- 8 Big Al joins JUOT
- 9 Crusade against vBulletin
- 10 Crusade against AWS, new owner of Admin-Talk
- 11 The saga of the Google Street view
- 12 Bigal Joins ED
- 13 Brown Monkeys
- 14 Medical History
- 15 Trolling Big Al
- 16 Big Al exposed for running a hacking/phishing forum
- 17 See Also
- 18 External Links
Bigal gets his name
Back in England, the tiny tots he was consorting with looked at the huge thing he pulled out of his pants and called him "Big Al". Even after he was deported downunder, he has stuck to this psuedonym with great pride.
Bigal joins 419eater.com
On 2005 August 06 Big Al joined the scam baiting forum www.419eater.com. He was full of joy at becoming a member of this community that was actively making a difference to dumb people's lives by preventing them from being scammed out of their hard-earned money.
— Big Al's first post
By November he was hinting of dissatisfaction with the site, having come to realize that nobody at that discussion forum was recognizing his uniquely wonderful talents.
—Big Al's last post on 2006 March 04
A few days later, Big Al was banned. They must truly have ripped him a new asshole, the way he has been butthurt over it ever since.
Big Al drops dox
He scours the web for the real life details of those mods and admins and then posts them on the web. He gets names, addresses and phone numbers. He would copy pictures off a facebook account. He then supplies these details to various unsavory characters he meets online with instructions to make their life miserable.
—Admin of a board that banned him
He uses those details to open accounts on kiddy porn sites and post ads offering illegal content:
An admin at 419eater describes Big Al:
This is from the discussion on the arstechnica forum.
Big Al is an e-expert
In the short while that Big Al had posting privileges at eater forum, he demonstrated his total lack of knowledge, comprehension and tact. He was ready to jump in and offer advice on subjects he knew absolutely nothing about.
Someone was complaining about an old computer which hung half way when booted from a Linux install disk. This was due to an error related to missing or unrecognized USB devices, but the problem did not involve the hard disk in any way.
He was advised to use a light distribution which had less requirements on hardware resources, but Big Al has to butt in again:
The advice sought was about booting the computer with a Linux install disk, and Bigal was bleating on about formatting the hard disk with drivers for Windoze.
Love affair with Lotta
While he was at 419eater.com, he fell head over heels in love with an admin there called "Lotta", ostensibly a female. Their love blossomed with exchange of emails and private messages in the 419eater forum.
To celebrate the long fake love they had together, lotta still carries the name and address of Big Al in her profile, but Big Al has totally pwned her there since it is the name and address of a totally innocent man. The innocent man is also screwed because lotta is really not a dame, but he does not know it yet.
Somebody made an entry at wikimapia pointing to this address in Brisbane, Australia. Big Al joined up to delete the description that said "The foul mouthed creature who calls himself Big Al lives here".
He went further. He said that "the poster is lying" - but you could not see what exactly the lie was, since he had already removed the description he was complaining about.
Big Al pretends to be a woman - "Hoaxie"
Soon after Big Al was banned from www.419eater.com (on 2006 March 10) he thought of a really good way to get back - pretend to be female! Yeah, that would really work, and he would get the sympathy due to a woman.
Sadly, user "Hoaxie" was also banned.
He crawled back using other names and proxies several times - more times than anybody cares to count, and was found out and kicked out each time - sometimes even before making a single post. He is sensitive about this sequence of events, and when somebody says "someone" was banned many times without mentioning any names he takes it as a personal insult. As at a discussion board, here:
The Clacton Meet
— Big Al
The banhammer fell simultaneously on bigal at all Alliance forums (Scambaits, Fraudwatchers, InternetLoveScams) immediately after this get-together. Big Al still talks about the dark and dire conspiracy that was hatched at the Clacton meet in order to cast him outside, where there was darkness, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
He does not know anything about what transpired at this meeting since he was not there, but this doesn't stop him from obsessing over it. His fucknuttery was well established prior to Clacton, and the sense of good will and pity everyone felt for Al had eroded, and his banning was in the works for some time. But Bigal had his own interpretation of the events. Here he accuses the alliance admins of making secret deals with the owner of 419eater at Clacton and throwing him out:
His blog was hacked
He put up a blog, roninclean.
— A. J. Ronin
In the height of irony, right below this first post, two comments had been deleted by the admin.
The fun did not last. Someone acquired the password by pretending to a female head over heels in love with him, and changed the contents to what we see there now.
He whined about it (as starfighter) in a google support group: google help - the email he used to post to that group was compromised, too, and he had to sign up another account to post to it as starfighter2.
—Bigal, asking gmail to confirm his identity by a foolproof method
Here is his whinging at gmail as archived by google:
Much later, somebody started a new blog cashbaiting-darkarts-volksanctum with his old posts. He whined to google and, as the first post was not answered, he whined again. He used the username Zylon this time.
Big Al joins theRanter
After Big Al was banned from 419eater.com, he tried joining various other web forums set up to discuss scam baiting, and was banned from every one of them. He insisted that everyone drop the business in hand and discuss the grievous wrong the cretins! at eater had done by banning him. They found it easier to emulate eater's example, and ban him too.
theRanter discussion forum was set up by members of 419eater as a venue where they could discuss anything. It later became one frequented by the members who had been banned from 419eater. The attraction of this board was that it then had a no-ban policy.
—Bigal, posting as "Striker"
Big Al, well aware of his reputation of having been banned from all the forums he had joined so far, was wary of letting his identity become known. He joined up as "Striker" and posted bland comments to be accepted there. He posted links to the "Roninclean Blog", and emphatically denied that he was the author. Then, feeling courageous, he joined again as "Big Al" about one and a half months later.
Even at the ranter, who were at odds with eater, Big Al's efforts did not meet up with the appreciation he had hoped for. He would post fragments of old posts, entire private messages and chat logs (some of them made up) without any explanation of context, and get angry and go ballistic whenever somebody asked him for enlightenment. He constantly referred to himself as the wronged party, and was always on the verge of making some momentous revelation that would be a bombshell, second in magnitude only to Gabriel a-blawin' 'is hawn.
It was here, at theRanter, that he announced that his computers had been hacked and keylogged, his passwords all stolen, and his blog hijacked. A few people there got together, played a trick on him and made him divulge his password: "419eater". He was using this same password on all his accounts. They made him believe they had full access to his computer and had installed a keylogger in it. He believes in this story to this day, and relates it as the way his photo was made known, and according to him putting his life in danger.
One of them took over the Roninclean blog and made the single post that survives to this day.
Big Al first explained that the profile picture on the blog was not really his. Then, when somebody appropriated it as his avatar he complained weakly that somebody was using somebody's photo against the rules. Then, he pulled out all stops and whined loudly that his own picture was on display, removing any doubt anyone might have had about it.
Later, on another forum, he used a picture of a member he had found on facebook as his avatar. He was asked whether he had the permission of that member to use the picture, and his answer was evasive. However, he was quite emphatic that it was a very simple question, easy to answer:
He was given a sub-forum at the ranter to post his rants in, and made a moderator of that forum. The regulars there then flooded it with crap posts, so that he could not keep the place organized. He deleted a few posts and got called out on it. His own posts were modified, and had little derogatory tag lines tacked on. When he tried to retaliate the same way, he was taken to task. His complaints were met with derision, and he was advised to "walk it off, pussy". He walked off.
He stopped posting at theRanter, accusing the admins of harassment by deleting and changing his posts. But he constantly keeps an eye on the activity there for any references to himself.
Again at theRanter
He joined up again at theranter as "Neil&Dan", a username of a member of 419eater.com and posted irrelevant stuff just to get his post count up.
—Bigal, posting as "Neil&Dan"
He posted a thread justifying himself:
—Bigal, posting as "Neil&Dan"
He quoted Bigal's entire signature.
Bigal mentors Tommy Tooter
Crusade against anti-scam sites
He eventually started on a crusade against all those forums which had made the mistake of banning him, and stood by and cheered when a few sites seemed to be closing down.
— Big Al
He seemed genuinely happy that these websites, set up to help the scam baiting community, and to offer resources to educate the public against falling for these scams, were in difficulty.
His usual modus operandi would be to join a scam baiting forum, and then interfere in its treatment of members. He would demand preferential treatment and demand that his moronic ideas be followed. Eventually they would get tired of this and ban him.
One method he used to close down a few such sites was to register again using a proxy and post a few inflammatory and racist comments against the scammers - saying that they were nigerian nigger monkeys, for instance. Then the forum would be reported to the hosts for being racist and discriminatory. He managed to close down quite a few sites this way before the others wised up and tightened their moderation of such posts.
He would later post material made up to show that members of these sites were actively engaged in scamming people. He accuses these websites of teaching their members the techniques of extracting money from gullible people by promising them riches.
— Big Al
Here, he is accusing the people at 419eater (his first site) of being responsible for putting up the fake online store websites in order to steal money.
The Technology discussion forum Ars Technica ran an article on Scams and Scambaiting titled Baiting Nigerian scammers for fun (not so much for profit) The comments on the article quickly became a discussion on the ethics of wasting someone's time, when he was straining to put food on his table.
—A liberal bleedin' 'eart member at Ars Technica
Four and a half pages of this sort of discussion, and Bigal made his appearance. He signed up an account as "Berrymike". The owner of 419eater was "Mike Berry".
—Bigal, signed up under the name of the owner of 419eater.com
These questions will save the world!
He was challenged by other members of 419eater who had registered at arstechnica forums, but he refused to admit that he was the bigal who had been banned from there, and had fifteen questions for them.
He really should have had a question # 16 - Why do birds suddenly appear when you are near?
As he was not a member of the website in question when he was asking those questions, it was really none of his business, but he asked them nevertheless. He wanted the answer "because 419eater is run by a bunch of crooks". He did not get it.
Someone should sign up at antifraud international, where Bigal is an admin as "De Master Yoda" and try asking a few of these questions and watch as he swiftly wields the ban hammer. Weird, huh?
Big Al doesn't like the answers
After these questions were discussed by members of his old forum, Big Al dismissed them as unsatisfactory, and had this to say:
Bigal gets phone calls
A member of 419eater checked property records of Brisbane and identified a transaction which might be Big Al buying his house around the time he had announced he was moving into a new house. He called the number and asked for "Dougie". The voice that answered had a Yorkshire accent.
He posted that it was nice hearing Big Al's voice. Big Al responded by whining that eaters were harassing innocent people by calling them up at three o'clock in the morning.
Nobody had mentioned at what time the call had taken place.
He published this name, address and phone number. Bigal got rid of his phone and now uses skype to talk to people. He also denies that the property records belong to him. However, when one member of JUOT posted that address under his avatar he had this to say:
A survivalist surveyor at theranter puts in a word for Bigal:
The dot net fiasco
Big Al set up a web forum imitating 419eater - if he could not get to heaven, by gaw he was going to be all the members at a reasonable facsimile. It was named www.419eater.net - the original was "dot com", the imitation being referred to as "dot net".
Dot Net was to be the place where none of the faggotry that took place at dot com would happen. Anybody would be able to post as he pleased, and posts would not be deleted or moderated. It was easy to see what it would turn into - a festering pile of fail.
Here is bigal introducing his 419eater.net forum at 419legal.org, a site where he was an admin, "scammerslammer":
A considerable number of members there had the same style of posting, and they were all incensed at the "evil eater mods". They all sported usernames that were ripoffs of moderators and administrators at eater dot com, and they posted names, addresses, phone numbers, and merciless abuse.
The 419eater people were running a scam warning operation too. They would somehow get into the email account of the scammer, get the email address of victims who were sending him money, then attempt to track them down and try to stop them from throwing their money away.
It was not an easy task. The victims had been promised untold riches and they believed it. They were already rich. There was just a matter of some trifling amount of fees, a bit of bribes, some chemicals to be purchased, and then their investment was coming back multiplied many-fold. This phase of scrounging for money for bribes and fees was just a passing phase, a gateway to amazing wealth. It was a hard task bringing them down from cloud nine.
But Big Al's website said that these people were liars. The victims preferred to believe Big Al. These bad people at scamwarners had come to steal their windfall and their advice was to be rejected. So they continued feeding the scammers until their money was all gone, all their friends' money was gone, and nobody would lend them any money, any longer. Eventually the original 419eater forum was forced to sit up and take notice.
There was a problem - the website belonged to "Krokodile Dundee" of Australia. The names and addresses were fake. Email addresses listed were anonymous. "Dot net" was hosted in the USA. "Dot com" was based in the UK. The legal obstacles were formidable. Dot net was an unimpregnable fortress, and within its safety Big Al sat and hurled abuse at the evil mods who had banned him years ago.
The evil mods swallowed their pride and begged Big Al to take down this hate site. Victims of fraud were googling the persons offering help at eater dot com (and an allied site, scamwarners). Dot net assured these people that eater dot com and scamwarners were there to squeeze them out of whatever money they had left. Dot net said that eater dot com was the driving force behind the scam emails. Big Al trumpeted in dot net that dot com was the training facility for scammers and fraudsters.
Of course, Big Al was not the owner of dot net. Or so he said.
Somebody protested that Berrymike (bigal in disguise) was being unjustly harsh towards 419eater. Bigal used his admin powers to edit that post, and proclaimed that Berrymike was right.
—scammerslammer, admin (bigal)
There was one tiny lead - one unfortunate individual, a nurse by profession, had let Big Al use his credit card to pay for registration of the domain. Right now his bank account is xxxx as it is being leeched by the lawyers he has to pay to sort out the legal mess he has landed himself in.
Big Al is not the owner. He has disclaimed all responsibility. He is happy, and that nasty nurse can go roast in the hell he has landed himself in.
The story is there, in all its gory details on the 419eater forum, but you have to be a member in order to read it.
Gallery of fake screenshots
At 419eater dot net, Bigal posted a few fake screenshots which purported to show that there was a hidden forum on 419eater.com titled "Volk Sanctum" and that this forum was being used to discuss illegal activities. His assurance that these screenshots were genuine was that he did not possess the technical abilities to make such fake screenshots.
Posting any crap at eater
Big Al threw down a challenge on arstechnica:
So a thread was posted on 419eater with "any crap" as subject.
Death of dot net
When 419eater.net was taken down due to the efforts of the 419eater.com team, they celebrated this by sporting avatars that said "404" and "nothing found". For a few days, entering the address 419eater.net in a browser resulted in a 404 not found error. Then it was replaced with a page saying that the site was temporarily down pending investigation by the ISP. Then it came up again, but the content was gone. Big Al worked tirelessly, posting inoffensive jokes and general banter and such drivel in order to give visitors the impression of a busy forum.
When complaints to the ISP hosting 419eater.net proved to be ineffective, 419eater resorted to legal action claiming infringement of copyright. This proved to be effective, and 419eater.net ceased to exist.
Big Al has never explained how his pet forum disappeared. He attempted to set up a few forums on free hosts and repeat the dot net experience, but they were all shut down. He does not say if he lost any money in the lawsuit either. Probably nothing. The nurse from scranton paid it all, and was left with just the shirt on his back.
One of the owners of 419eater.com is a lawyer. He was roped in to deal with the 419eater dot net nuisance, and he filed suit for violation of copyright.
—Admin of 419eater
The first lawsuit lapsed, but they used it to subpoena the dot net server and get at the server logs. They used this further to discover the identities of people who were posting at dot net.
Those were an interesting bunch. There was a chef in Manatee, whose picture of his own rear graces the "gallery of lame copies" of ED's page on Goatse. There was a survivalist surveyor from Troy, IL. There were a bunch of members from eater whose accounts were banned as soon as they voiced protest. There were a bunch of accounts by bigal.
Eater published the details of these persons on their forum, innocently asking if their members had more information on these people. They might have received a few phone calls in the middle of the night from excited Nigerians wishing to inform them of risky free deals, and a few deliveries of quick-setting cement mix delivered to their driveway.
The lawyer singled out one keyboard warrior - a nurse by profession from Scranton, PA, whose credit card had been used to pay for hosting the dot net hosting and domain. He was named in the second lawsuit, and asked to pay damages due to copyright infringement. They eventually settled for an undisclosed amount of money.
—Michael Boyd, MyBankAccountIsXXXXXX
Fallout of the lolsuit
Other websites, whose members had made fun of 419eater.com quickly sat up and took notice. 419eater.com was evidently not to be trifled with, because it was routine for their owner lawyer to slap a lawsuit and extract money from the owner if he felt like it.
The owner of thescambaiter.com couldn't sleep nights thinking of it. He pulled the plug on his website, let go the domain name and another website which used to be called scamtacular became it. Big Al was a prominent member on his site, and he could not be relied upon to desist from posting inflammatory material against 419eater.
Big Al scored again.
Big Al joins JUOT
Somebody joined Joe's Ultimate Off Topic discussion forum with username "Bigal" and proceeded to spray random threads with passages from the original Big Al's posts taken at random from around the net. The inhabitants of that corner of the innertubes were at first puzzled, and then enraged.
— admin at juot
— member at juot
Big Al did not take these allegations lying down. These people were besmirching his reputation, and they had to be put right, fast. He joined up there the next day as "Big AL" and posted his rebuttal.
— Big AL
An amusing shitfest followed as each of the big al's accused the other of being the imposter. Looking at their posts, it was hard to say which was which. The fake bigal had an easy job of it as he just copy-pasted old posts of the real big al's that was somewhat vaguely relevant to the present discussion. The real big al was exasperated, and it was funny to see him in a rage at his own words in settings which made them sound like gibberish.
The regulars at JUOT rose to the occasion, registered multiple "AL" usernames and added to the lulz:
- Real Big Al : What the hell is going on here?
- Bigger Al : You bastards will REAP and LEARN!!!
- Nig Al : Word up homies- The REAL Nig AL is in da house! All these other IMPOSTERS are lame white dudes with small white dicks. Especially "Real Big Al." I'm the REAL thing ladies, I'm here to cover your vanilla canyons in my chocolate sauce. My superior Nigerian manhood has made the other Al's jealous because I've sexed up all their wives.
- Big Al Bundy : The truth is I haven't been called "Big Al" since High School when I scored 4 touch-downs in a single game! But, irregardless, I AM the REAL Big AL!
- Big Al Gore : This is bullshit! I invented the Internet, I invented everything. None of you would even have a forum to complain about if it wasn't for me therefore I AM THE REAL BIG AL!!!
- Big Al Sharpton : Lord O' Lord take pity upon these White Devils for they know not what they speak. I am the one and true Big Al - ask anyone in Harlem who is "Big Al?" and they will all point to me - that is all the proof you need.
- Big Al Franken :
- Big Al Queda : Al Franken sounds like a Jew. Death to the Great Satan! We are the true Big Al - we strike fear into you all. We Jihad your buildings, we jihad your planes. All your bases are belong to us!
- Big AL : My My, what a popular guy I am right now. All these people want to be me, are they really jealous of me? I did not know I had so many fans who would like to be me.
This quickly led to a discussion about identifying the "Real Big Al". It was suggested that the real big al will have a titanium hip, as he has posted on several forums about going in for that operation. He was shocked at the suggestion that it was a cover, a euphemism for getting treated by electric shocks to the head in the looney bin.
Big Al survives the Brisbane flood
After the flood of January 2011 Big Al posted this to calm the fears everyone, who was doubtless worried sick of his safety:
— Big AL
—User at JUOT
He was asked why he was spamming the forum with shit nobody cared about. After it was conclusively proved that nobody at JUOT had cared whether bigal had drowned in the flood or not, he whined that too much attention was being directed at his small harmless lie, while other, more important, things were going on. His point is that his announcement as if he had received multitudes of private messages was a triflingly piffling matter, but other, even more mightier harmful things were being perpetrated. Like links to sites hosting malware. Like the Encyclopedia Dramatica.
OMG! Big Dumb Al is me!!
Somebody created a twitter account, #BigDumbAl and linked to it at JUOT. Bigal took offence, and said that he was being harassed. It was funny, because there was nothing in it to link him to it except the Big ... Al in the username.
The tweets were mostly about flatulence and soiling one's pants.
Banned from JUOT
Big Al made accounts using the names and pictures he had found from facebook, of people he suspected to be from eater and posted stuff calculated to enrage those people. He was questioned on this, and he responded that he had the right to use whatever username he wished.
One member of JUOT quoted this and changed his name on the forum to "Alan James Watson". He also assumed the address and details which Bigal had denied was his. Bigal cried himself hoarse that this was harassing an innocent man, but was ignored.
Big Al eventually had words with the forum admin over the signature of this user. The offending contents were links to this ED article, and a twitter account: #BigDumbAl Big Dumb Al. He said they were denigrating him, and wanted to serve a DMCA takedown notice to have the offending links removed.
The Admin responded by banning him. He said that being a member on his forum was a privilege, and this privilege would be revoked should somebody think of involving the forum in legal proceedings.
Here is one of his posts from JUOT, where he emphatically denies that his name is Alan James Watson. We should all believe him.
He tried to get back at the admin of JUOT by posting in Vbulletin forums, but his whiney posts get edited out every time.
—Admin at Vbulletin forum
Shutting down JUOT
Angry at the admin for banning him, bigal tried to get even by shutting down juot.net.
One ploy was to complain to the hosting company claiming (falsely) that the forum was hosting malware, and manufacture evidence.
—BirdOprey5, admin of juot.net
Fortunately, the tech who received Bigal's complaint looked at it closely and found that he had supplied a doctored link, and so juot.net was spared.
Here is BirdOPrey5 accusing Bigal of trying to shut down his site:
Crusade against URLjet
When URLjet ignored his whiney complaints and manufactured evidence as the rantings of a mad man, he started attacking it. He began posting negative reviews and complaints about the hosting company all over the internet.
—Victim of a host company, Zethon (Bigal)
— Member of Web Hosting Talk
—Member of Web Hosting Talk
He sprayed this bullshit all over the net. It was deleted as spam from most places, but one another place it survives is complaints board - a website where they ask companies for money to remove complaints users post on that site.
In both places, he was asked to provide a valid DMCA request so that any offending content could be removed provided he could prove copyright to the disputed content.
—Member of webhostingtalk
Someone joined up as "Alan James Watson" to respond to him at complaints board. His complaint was that his picture was being used at JUOT discussion forum as an avatar. This user posted that picture and asked bigal if that was indeed the picture he was objecting to. Bigal wasn't pleased. His campaign was to remove that pic from public view, and here it was being thrust in his face again.
—Alan James Watson
Rahstyles dot com
—Admin (post edited by a rogue user)
A washroom attendant at a casino in Temecula set up a web forum and invited Big Al to help him administer the forum. He was offering cash prizes for members each week. Big Al signed up as new members each week and Admin duly awarded prizes to these dual accounts.
Somebody questioned the Admin on this and his reaction was epic.
Big Al eventually banned everyone who disagreed with him, and edited their posts. No member would stick around after this sort of treatment, so activity at that forum eventually dwindled and finally there was just Big Al, watching the board for any new posts so he could delete them. Admin was too busy cleaning pee and poo off the porcelain at the casino in Temecula (with his tongue, somebody alleged) to do anything much. He had been warned a couple of times against toying with his phone while on duty.
With all the members gone, Admin decided he was not going to renew the hosting and thus one more of Big Al's boards went under.
It was not his fault.
—Admin of Rahstyles.com
The eighth legion
The website and forum Blackgamer.net became 8thlegion in order to attract a wider member base and Bigal sucked up to the admin and was made a moderator there. When Bigal started his campaign against the admin of JUOT after getting banned DRE, admin of 8th, first warned Bigal against bringing this stuff on his board, then stripped him of moderator status, and, when his whining became an incessant drone in his ear became incensed and banned him.
This is the admin of Eighth Legion, now 8thos posting at Xenforo community forum.
Somebody set up a web discussion forum for discussing the features of the new Vbulletin 5 he was not quite happy with.
—admin of Vb5connect
Bigal joined up, and began spraying his hate speech all over it. Some of it was directed at the most recent admin who had to ban him, BirdOPrey of JUOT. BOP joined up too, and responded to his accusations.
Bigal did not put up. He did not shut up, either.
Here, he says he would send BOP a DMCA notice after he takes down the material which is the subject of the DMCA. He considers every post defamatory, and constantly brings in fresh demands if he feels some of his demands are being granted.
Death of VB5connect
It did not last. The admin of that board did not like bigal spewing his insane ramblings all over his forum, and submerging any discussion about VBulletin software in his whining crying about an innocent man being wronged by the forum admins by posting his photos.
It was shut down.
Bigal joined this forum, set up as a forum for admins of forums, and (again) posted his tirade against the evil admin who had banned him.
Among other things, he claimed he had sent a DMCA takedown notice to the admin of JUOT.net claiming copyright over his image and his literary creations. Joe came right back at him.
So Joe is now not protected. Fire and brimstone shall rain down upon his head, because he was issued with a DMCA "under my internet name" and he did not comply.
The photo remains up on that website still. And bigal shall continue ineffectually crying about it on any forum he can, until that forum admin puts a stop to it. He again explains why he cannot afford to put down his real name and address on a DMCA:
"Gbenga Jones" is bigal's nigger lookalike account at facebook.
What he hasn't realized yet, is that he is posting this disclaimer on a forum running the Xenforo forum software.
He continues to take swipes against the admin BirdOPrey5 (joe) of JUOT:
Finally the admin had enough of the mudslinging.
—Admin of admin-talk.com
Crusade against vBulletin
When his attempts to get the admin BirdOPrey5 get fired from his job at vBulletin as support staff did not meet with success, he turned his wrath on vBulletin and started a campaign to take it down.
Has biGal actually paid for vB5? Does he have any knowledge of running vB5? Has he experienced any problems with vB5 support?
Guess not. But that does not stop him from ranting against vBulletin and the people behind it on every chance he gets. He hopes to get back against the evil admin, BirdOPrey5, who had banned him from the web forum JUOT for threatening legal action against it.
If vBulletin goes out of business it will put BOP out of his technical support job. Fat chance.
But his real reason for posting in that admin forum is to attack the admin who banned him.
—AWS, admin of admin-talk
Crusade against AWS, new owner of Admin-Talk
Coming soon. All signs point to one in the offing.
—AWS at admin-talk.com
The above was posted while AWS was just an ordinary member of the forum. As the new owner, AWS lays down the law:
—AWS, new admin of admin-talk.com
Wait for the AWS bashing to start in 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
The saga of the Google Street view
Bigal posted a link at chatsocially.com and explained how people who wanted their house blurred in google street view could do so. He then proceeded to apply it to his own house, and thus removed any doubt anybody had about him living at that address.
It was reported in a blog in a different way, however.
The house in which Alan James Watson (aka De Master Yoda, aka Big Al, aka Gbenga Jones) ran a cashbaiting operation for more than a decade using his scam website antifraudintl.org is scheduled to be demolished this week, but Google has already wiped it off the map.
Watson's Springfield Lakes residence at 2 Speckled Cct. has been blurred out on Google Street View, much like how an obscene or pornographic image would appear on network TV. Unfortunately the sadly desiccated land immediately in front of the house remains visible, complete with discarded rubbish.
He was asked if he was near the centenary freeway.
The highway nearest to the blurred house is actually the centenary highway.
Bigal Joins ED
—example edit by Bigal
Bigal was embarassed by links to this page which magically appeared whenever he tried to strike back against the evil mods who banned him, so he tried the obvious thing: join ED and edit it!
He was painfully aware of the patrolling bots which would pounce on him should he try blanking large sections of text, so he nibbled at small pieces, changing a little here and there, justifying himself, and changing the meanings of large paragraphs by inserting negations in strategic places. His edits took away the lulz considerably.
Somebody noticed his butt-hurt revisionist edits and restored them, imposing a three day ban. When the three days were up, bigal came back and tried the exact edits again. This time he was banned for six months.
He will be back.
He was thrilled when ED went down.
—De Master Yoda
Big Al has attracted his retinue of followers who like to poke him with a sharp stick. His reaction to this is twofold:
- Threaten to get them banned from eater
- Call them brown monkeys
This old man holds membership in the website eater forum as the ultimate that anyone can aspire to, and the threat of being banned from that utopian forum will be enough to make anyone fall into line. Or so he thinks.
He is a racist prick, and anybody with skin colour different than his own is a monkey.
He was born in Yorkshire, England, and migrated to Australia when he was older. He claims to have met royalty.
He is known to have an artificial hip.
I got an infection on my leg, and it spread to my hip!! not a good thing to happen, so they say! i have had that many tests i feel like a pincushion! I am getting better now that the antibiotics are working and the swelling is going down, so should be ok ! It is something i have to watch out for, thanks again, talk later "Al"
He gets psychiatric treatment:
Hi,I am currently on break from posting for a while and will return soon. I have been admitted to the Brisbane psychiatric hospital and when I get out I will continue exposing the lies that the cretins have been spreading, and closing down many fake eater web sites. Until then, please check back occasionally to see how my medication is working, "AL"
Trolling Big Al
He does not like to be called Bi Gal.
Big Al has an acute case of megalomania and is always ready to defend his good name. Joining one of the sites where he has not been banned yet and addressing him as Bi Gal immediately provokes a reaction. On a site where he sucks up to the admin (eg. thescambaiter.com) it can result in an immediate ban, followed by a circle-jerk by Big Al, the admin, and assorted hangers on.
He is also sensitive about his age, and saying that he is 65 years old when he really is only 64 years young will bring on his wrath.
Big Al exposed for running a hacking/phishing forum
antifraudintl.org, better known as AFI, has had a sterling reputation for many years as the premier site where useless old codgers go to bide their time whilst waiting for the icy hand of death to fall upon them. As if part of an eternal Beckett play, people endlessly inquire "Is this a scam?", to which De Master Yoda or some other AFIer responds, "Yes it is. You should now run a virus scan on your computer. Never give money to these scammers," etc., or some other similar load of useless codswallop.
What no one knew until recently, however, is that AFI is actually a hotbed of illegal hacking and phishing, all overseen by the masterful squinty eye of De Master Yoda, aka Big Al (Alan James Watson, formerly of 2 Speckled Cct., Springfield Lakes, Queensland, Australia, currently on mandatory bedrest at Greenslopes House where staff restrict his online usage).
Big Al would drop in occasionally at AMB, a relentlessly prosaic forum where two or three morose idiots chat amongst themselves about trivialities and troll Tommy Tooter, the Hobo King of Arizona, the Guru of Garbage. After being accused of hacking (or phishing, no one can recall as it is so dull there), in a misguided move, Big Al stated unequivocally that he has never been involved in hacking or phishing, and he demanded that proof be presented or a retraction made immediately. Someone known as 'the Big "AL" keylogger' proceeded to post one screenshot after another of some of the illegal activities that go on behind the scenes at AFI. While these images are obviously from private forums at AFI, it is not clear how they were obtained. Either someone hacked into AFI (which would be hilarious as they are obsessive about security), or some member in good standing has turned informant.
In response to all this, Big Al never returned to snwer these charges because, quite frankly, there could be no response as he is 100% guilty. While he does not have the skillz required to have initiated any of these acts, he gleefully participated in them, and probably still does today. He will brush this off as being in some legal grey area because he and his team only break into the email accounts of Nigerian scammers, but it is, in fact, not a grey area at all. It is illegal. There is no way around it. In every country where there is rule of law, accessing someone's email account through phishing or hacking is illegal, end of.
Below are some of the screenshots that were posted first on AMB, and then on the blog dedicated to Big Al, where many more can be found.
- antifraudintl.com - a domain Big Al and Miyuki didn't think to buy
- antifraudintl.net - another one they didn't think they'd need
- alanjameswatson.com - this one was pretty obvious
- opencorpdata.com - bigal registered as a businessman in Australia in 1970
- 419eater.com - bigal was banned from here
- scambaits.net - bigal was banned from here next
- thescambaiter - DEADED -bigal was a member here, but he worked from within and got it shut down because the admin did not pander to his wishes.
- theRanter - DEADED - bigal is a few users at this forum, but does not post there now
- anothermessageboard.com - bigal (and "spunkychick") frequents amb, many screenshots taken from there
- JUOT - Joe's Ultimate Off Topic - Big Al joined here to clear his name when somebody else copypasted his old posts to impersonate him
- antifraudinternational - Big Al is an admin here as "De Master Yoda"
- 419legal - DEADED - Big Al is an admin here by the name "scammerslammer". He made a few posts here as "Berrymike" too.
- Article in arstechnica forums where Big Al puts in a show as "berrymike".
- 419 explained by Snopes.
- George Bush & The Village People Severely tl;dr but the greatest scambait of all time.
- cashbaiting-darkarts-volksanctum.blogspot.com blog has bigal's ramblings all in one place.
- The infamous "dot net", deaded now was where Bigal dropped dox on evil eater admins
- newnewdotnet.freeforums.org - DEADED - Bigal set this up when the original dot net was dead.
- juot.freeforums.org - DEADED -This imitation of the JUOT discussion forum was Bigal's personal soapbox after he was banned from all his forums.
- Rahstyles.com - DEADED - Bigal became a super moderator and shut this forum down.
- Webhostingtalk.com where Bigal joined up as "Zethon" to ask that JUOT be shut down by URLjet.
- Complaints Board,where Bigal whines as "Victim of a host company" saying that his picture is being abused and URLjet has to shut JUOT down acting on his anonymous email.
- Admin-Talk forum - bigal is active on this forum, and continuously attacks the developers of VB5 for being rude to people who have no intention of buying a Vbulletin license.
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