Sometimes it’s easy to make the error of believing that certain Hampstead SRA hoax-pushers are merely smarmy dunderheaded buffoons, rather than malicious actors whose behaviour has the potential to damage real lives.
Such is the case with Matt Taylor.
We’re assuming it was a slow news day in Brighton, as The Argus ran a story titled ‘Matt Taylor banned from local elections after conviction’.
Passing over the odd statement that Taylor was once a police officer [In which universe? –Editor], the article points out that now that he has acquired a criminal record for his brutal harassment of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, he is banned from running for local office—but he plans to run anyway.
According to The Argus,
And if he got in, he is promising he would build a Hollywood studio, an island off Brighton and a moon base which would allow people to experience what it’s like to be on the moon. …
Mr Taylor says building a moon base in the area would be a tourist attraction and provide jobs.
He said it would be “paid for by Hollywood”, which he hopes will also build a movie studio in the area. He said this would be used to make a trilogy based on the story of King Arthur, written by himself.
He hopes it would create jobs and provide investment in the area. He said: “We’re talking jobs, jobs, jobs for generations to come – let’s seize the opportunity.
“Not one person in the area will dip into their pockets, they just need to give their permission.”
He said the studio would be built using renewable “earthship technologies”.
Along with the moon base, the added revenue from the Hollywood development would fund a tunnel from Moulsecoomb to the sea. At the end of the tunnel would be an island.
The article does not state where the island would come from, nor what its purpose would be.
Reading Taylor’s plan, it would be easy to imagine that he’s some sort of bizarre performance artist, taking the piss out of useless public works projects.
That is, until you also consider that he is deeply involved in John Wanoa’s claim to be the true sovereign of England (he says he doesn’t want Scotland), as well as his Maoi Power House Group and Grifting Corporation for Separating the Poor from Their Money.
Taylor has served as director in both known iterations of the company. One was dissolved after compulsory strike-off, while the other is still out there culling funds from the gullible. (You can find Companies House records here and here.)
As we know, Taylor is not alone in hawking Wanoa’s scam—Andy Devine reminds his fans on a
daily hourly minute-by-minute basis to step right up and invest now, only £25 a share, double your money instantly because you’ll really get two shares for the price of one, shares offered only in lots of 100, get ’em while they’re hot!
It’s almost as good as HoaxGirl’s magical mystery quantum energy thingy, with the exception that Wanoa doesn’t really spell out what you’ll get for your money.
Speaking of money, though…
Taylor expects that when Wanoa becomes king, he will assume his rightful position as prime minister, and his portrait will grace the £100 million note of the Maoi Reserve World Bank.
That moon base in Brighton is starting to sound downright sensible by comparison.
Again, all of this seems clownish—after all, who could really expect anyone to toss their cash at this ludicrous venture? Surely it must be some sort of prank? But no, Wanoa and Devine have now begun to publish Wanoa’s account details to help their
victims investors part with their money more conveniently.
In yesterday’s comments section, Smut Clyde and AnOwlCalledSage kindly assembled some links to facilitate reporting of this scam:
It may be worth letting the ANZ cybersecurity office know about the use of their facilities in an on-line fraud.
Anyone who has conclusive documentation of this fraud (links to Faceborg pages or Youtubers, screenshots or archived copies), please send them to the ANZ bank and to the NZ police cybercrime unit.
As they are targeting UK citizens it may also be worth reporting the bank details at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ to prevent the money leaving the UK in the first place.
While it’s all too easy to laugh and point at Wanoa, Devine, Taylor and their friends, we need to remember that they are removing money from the pockets of those who can least afford it. It’s a very ugly game, and we’ll be reporting them forthwith. Feel free to join us.