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Fake News: Man NOT Arrested After Making Over $1 Million Selling Chuck E. Cheese Tokens As "Bitcoins

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:30:55 Z)

Recently reactivated fauxtire website Huzlers.com published a story (archived here) titled 'Bitcoin Scam: Man Arrested After Making Over $1 Million Selling Chuck E. Cheese Tokens As "Bitcoins"' which was totally false. It opened:

NEW YORK CITY - A New York man has been arrested after he reportedly made over a million dollars selling Chuck E. Cheese tokens as Bitcoins on the streets.

Marlon Jensen, 36, was arrested a Sunday morning when NYPD stormed his home. NYPD received calls from the fraud victims that someone had sold them "Bitcoins", only to find out there actually was no tangible bitcoin currency available. NYPD found $1.1 Million of cash inside Marlons home. According to police, Marlon had scratched off most of the Chuck E. Cheese engravements on the coins, and would write "B" on each coin with permanent marker.

There is no "Marlon Jensen" and the entire story is made up. The image in the story seems to be Charles Edward Cunningham who was arrested in 2015 for parole violation according to jail.com.

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Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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