The Mysterious Mr. Hokum


13 Responses to “The Mysterious Mr. Hokum”

  1. gordon sutton says:

    buh, i wish i could see all the photos that go with this talk

    • stopbuggingmeiwont says:

      I agree, the talk iwas probably very boding even with the slides (mr. Scott does not really tells anything interesting) but without them it is just unbearable; i closed long before arriving at part 2.

  2. Daneel says:

    Ugh, video. Any chance of a transcript?

    • Mike Norman says:

      A transcript wouldn’t be worth it. Some poor speaker just rambles for 30 minutes about unrelated crap and meta-monologue before he tells you he doesn’t really know anything interesting about Mr. Hokum.

      Maybe that makes some people ROFL. I don’t know.

  3. robdobbs says:

    Does that video have anything to do with the story other than it’s of Mr Hokum at a conference?

  4. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    According to the FREE ONLINE DICTIONARY

    HOKUM (n)  1.  Something apparently impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; nonsense.

  5. ElectroDruid says:

    I just watched the whole hour-long talk and there is almost no information in it except what you see in the summary. I’ll save you the hour:

    He ripped some people off in the ’80s by running a FidoNet hub, getting people’s trust and money and then skipping town. He got his finger shot off whilst fighting a policeman in 1989. He stole a rental car hired by his brother during the court case that followed. He ran a (legit) ISP in the ’90s, which he sold in 2000 and filtered off half of the money. He was wanted by the FBI but somehow regularly went to lunch with high-ranking FBI officials without being caught. The shipping container contained a truck and a bunch of fake ID. He bears an uncanny resemblance in his mugshot photos to the bloke giving the talk.

    It’s a semi-interesting story, but it’s a 10-minute anecdote, not a 1-hour talk, and even after watching it I’m not sure why exactly I was supposed to care what this guy did, other than a pretty generic reminder that scammers exist and I should watch out for them.

  6. gt bear says:

    I really enjoyed this story. Iquest, Hoquim’s company, was my isp from 1994 till whenever.
    I also once knew Tom Jennings who is mentioned in the story, for having built fidonet and later owning world power systems .com. I never met Hoquim but I used to know people who would have worked for him. – arbitrary aardvark

  7. Petzl says:

    This link has all the info for John Aleshe/Robert Hoquim:

  8. marukosu says:

    Most boring magician act ever.

  9. Robert says:

    If you’re expecting to hear an hour about Mr. Hokum, forget it. He’s just the thread weaved into a more general talk about scams and the blurred line between marketing and scamming. Personally, I found the entire talk interesting. His delivery of what the “box of rocks” scam is had me ROFLing (video 4, around 6:50 in)

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