Exposing PseudoAstronomy

June 2, 2010

Ah, the Joys of Stepping on Someone’s Toes: Terry Nazon Redux


Introduction

A few months ago, I wrote a 2-part post about the claims of astrologer Terry Nazon and her claims about 2012. I asked a fellow blogger (Johan), one who knows much more about archaeology than I, to do a third part for the series about her archaeology claims of the Mayans. He kindly obliged and you can read all three parts here: Part 1, part 2, and part 3.

I made a point that her many claims made on her website about the astronomy of 2012 were either (a) wrong, (b) meaningless, or (c) insignificant. Johan’s point in the third part was that her information about the Maya was (a) wrong and (b) reflected a fairly ethnocentric view on her part.

My point was to conclude that she (a) doesn’t seem to know what she’s talking about from an astronomy nor archaeological point of view, and (b) if what she said could be shown to be so demonstrably wrong, why should someone pay her several hundred dollars for a phone call ($330 for an hour, or $75 for an e-mail reading)?

Edited to Add: On September 18, 2012, I got an e-mail from my thesis advisor and boss that Terry was planning on suing me for various things. I have updated this post accordingly, leaving the original language but making edits with strikes to indicate deletions and underlines to indicate additions. I also note that while I filed this under “scams,” this is my opinion based on her writings, it is not a statement of legal fact.

What’s Going On

Apparently rather than defending her claims, over the past 24 hours Johan and I have been receiving much spam and angry threats to both our blogs as well as through e-mail. The e-mails were almost certainly from Ms. Nazon, sent from the Comcast IP address 75.149.179.194 in Florida, the same as her area code on her website, and from her eponymous and Comcast-based e-mail address. The comments, attempted to be posted under various names, have also come from the same IP address.

It appears also as though she is now trying to pass herself off as me, posting under the name “astrostu206265″ (the ID I happened to choose when I started this blog due to a sort of “inside number” to astronomers of 206265), e-mail address “astrostu206265@yahoo.com” (which to my knowledge does not exist), and of course that IP address (75.149.179.194). She (apparently) has tried to do this on my blog and she has done this on others. I got an e-mail from The Godless Monster blog writer asking if I made the post to their blog under that IP address with the message:

“You are all a bunch of anonymous cowards who hide behind anonymous names and @anywhere emails…no one will listen to anywhos @anywhere.com s
fakes. cowards and phonies who must not believe what they write because they are ashamed to put there name and face to it…stand up cowards and be counted.”

That’s the same message she that person with that IP and that e-mail tried to post to my blog, twice. And she that person with that IP and that e-mail posted it to the comments section of “New Discoveries and Comments About Creationism” where I happened to post a comment or two.

The purpose of this post is to let fellow bloggers know – if they happen to do a search for “astrostu206265″ – what’s going on, and to block that IP address and similar messages if she that person with that IP and that e-mail moves computers.

Final Thoughts

I hadn’t really planned on making this whole thing public since I didn’t want to feed it, but I did want to make a quick public statement in an attempt to separate what she’s doing from my own actions. I’m in Colorado, my IP address starts with 67.161.x. Oh, and if anyone happens to know a way to have WordPress actually spoof my handle (astrostu206265) and make it appear as my actual name, let me know, ’cause I’ve been looking for that for awhile I’ve changed my handle here so WP displays it as my name.

I also noticed that, throughout this, she still has the wrong information (and type-os) on her website. And in case she does end up fixing it, I saved a copy of the page like all the sites I talk about as evidence that I wasn’t trying to make straw man arguments. She’s also still claiming that she is, “Terry Nazon, World Famous Celebrity Astrologer.” Interesting way for one of that status to act, assuming it was her.

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21 Comments »

  1. I just got my horoscope from her page. My Boss and parents are going to be a little hard on me today. Good thing I’m unemployed and 3000 miles from my parents.

    Comment by gnardude — June 3, 2010 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  2. This is what Terry does…. spam you with threats and nonsense… yes that is her IP address. I know Terry very well, in fact I was married to her.

    Comment by Jonathan Waxman — June 15, 2010 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

    • I bet you could fill a book or two.

      Comment by godlessmonster — June 16, 2010 @ 10:57 am | Reply

    • I have been getting strange and very violent threatening emails from Terry and her people, even tell others in my town personal business about me thinking they are me. I am frightened. I have done nothing but for some reason she thinks I know you.

      Comment by JC — October 6, 2010 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

    • I too was threatened by Terry Nazon’s “assistant”. I was charged twice for a reading when I asked to have the second charge refunded and set an appt. for the first charge I was accused of being someone else and I too was told she was contacting the FBI and I was also told to fill the sink with ice dip my wrists in it and slit my wrists. I was informed she had a restraining order against a Johnathon Waxman I replied I am not the person they kept accusing me of being and I did not know any Johnathon waxman I was told they have my personal information and they will use it. I’m not sure what that meant but being threatened and told to slit my wrists I consulted an attorney who told me to contact the FBI about the harrassment and threats and that’s exactly what I have done. Professional people shouldn’t treat their customers this way and I not only want an apology for the disturbing emails and terroristic threats I want a refund and am considering contacting a civil attorney.

      Comment by brittanyp34 — October 8, 2010 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  3. Email- and online identity-spoofing (i.e., falsely assuming someone else’s identity when emailing and posting things online) is a cybercrime. You could press charges against her if you want.

    Comment by Jeffrey Ellis — June 16, 2010 @ 6:37 am | Reply

  4. Plus, you should report her to her ISP for violations of their terms of service. With luck, they’ll dump her as a customer.

    Comment by a different phil — June 16, 2010 @ 7:58 am | Reply

    • How do I do that I have been terrified since receiving these insane , descriptive and violent emails. I have saved them. I have contacted the FBI but I am also considering contacting the media she has to be stopped. I haven’t slept for 3 days and my daughter who stumbled upon the emaials is scared to death.

      Comment by brittanyp34 — October 8, 2010 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  5. lol, when logic and reason failed her, she moved to sock puppetry?

    As Calvin once said, “If you can’t win by reason, go for volume.”

    Comment by nichole — June 16, 2010 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  6. You can change how your name appears in your profile setting at wordrpress.com

    Your username etc will stay the same, but there is a section that allows you to “Display name publicly as”

    At the top left, you should see a drop down that says “My Account”. Then click “Edit Profile”

    Unless you mean something else by spoofing and in which case, I do not understand the question but please feel free to email me.

    Comment by sugarjules — June 16, 2010 @ 10:16 am | Reply

    • Cool – thanks! There are just so many options I hadn’t found that particular one. It’s changed now.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — June 16, 2010 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  7. Would help if I had signed out and posted with this instead of sugarjules.

    Comment by Jules — June 16, 2010 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  8. If I understand your WordPress question correctly, you can change how it displays your handle by going to “My Account” and “Edit Profile.” The field “Display name publicly as” should do it.

    Comment by Kelson — June 16, 2010 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  9. That’s weird…I could swear sugarjules’ post wasn’t there when I started typing, and it certainly hasn’t been 2 1/2 hours since I opened the page!

    Comment by Kelson — June 16, 2010 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

    • I don’t have my blog set on automatic comment approval, and I’ve been teaching class and having office hours for the last 2.5 hours, so I just approved a batch of comments.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — June 16, 2010 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  10. Be sure that you’re using good passphrases everywhere. You don’t want to give her a chance of guessing a simple password. Also look out for the look-alike name, astrostu2O6265.
    — Scott

    Comment by SkepticScott — June 16, 2010 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  11. When you open a chat account with yahoo, you automatically get an email using the chat nickname you enter. For example [chat id]@yahoo.com. Could be that happened here. Requires no particular sophistication, which would seem consistent with her behaviour.

    Comment by sherry martin — June 16, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  12. [...] Terry Nazon’s claims about Mayans were inaccurate (with the help of an archaeologist), Ms. Nazon started to impersonate Mr. Robbins on various websites. While posting under the guise of Mr. Robbins, Ms. Nazon posted complaints about others being [...]

    Pingback by Mr. Topp and the Big Bad Blog » The morning coffee and the unicorn meat — June 22, 2010 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  13. Brittany, you say you’ve contacted a lawyer, you’ve talked with the FBI, and you’re considering going to the media. You’re frantic and asking for advice on what to do. Seems to me as though the lawyer you had contacted would be the best to advise you, or your local police station, or your local FBI field office, or contact a local news station (in that order). If you have all these threats and e-mails from her, seems to me as though if nothing else you can (a) get a restraining order and (b) sue her in civil court for emotional stress and punitive damages.

    Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 8, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

    • I have contacted the FBI and I am trying to find a local civil attorney to take the case on a contengency. I have contacted the media and they said she wasn’t well known enough to do a story. I bet that would really hurt her “Super Ego”. What bothers me the most I just simply went to her sight tried to buy a reading then when I tried to set an appt. I started getting some really sickening emails I hope she gets fined or something because she is a real wacko.

      Comment by bp — October 10, 2010 @ 4:45 am | Reply

  14. [...] 1 here) on 2012 claims of “Terry Nazon World Famous Celebrity Astrologer,” and then getting threatened by her (is that some rite of passage for a modern skeptic?), I’ve followed Ms. Nazon on and [...]

    Pingback by Picking Apart a Sham: 2011 Astrology Predictions from Terry Nazon « Exposing PseudoAstronomy — January 12, 2011 @ 1:21 am | Reply


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