123 Comments
author

An update from Dan that is down in the comments - but I wanted to highlight it:

"He did have to pay back the money!! It took years but I’m pretty sure he paid back everyone he scammed (and there were dozens and dozens of victims that had been defrauded out of hundreds and thousands of dollars). I had to keep emailing the Los Angeles District Attorney every few months for YEARS to make sure he kept on top of it. Of course we were the last ones to be repaid. He was caught in 2019 and we were repaid two years later in 2021."

Expand full comment

Thanks for highlighting that David. I think everyone will be very happy to know Pamphile had to pay and justice, for once, was done. Fantastic that Daniel stuck with it to its resolution. Makes me feel just a little hopeful that scammers can be made to pay retribution.

Expand full comment

That’s great news almost heaven sent. Thanks for the update, homelessnesses everywhere is something to resist at every angle this is the outcome

Expand full comment

“She turned out to be a compliance and ethics attorney with a background in theatre.” HA HA HA HA HA! God this is the most delightful one-two punch I’ve read in ages. Please keep writing Daniel! #Knuckleheads4lyfe

Expand full comment
author

Just perfection, right?

Expand full comment

Thanks so much Michelle! I will keep up the one two punches as best I can!

Expand full comment

The grin that appeared on my face when I read that line....😂

Expand full comment

I know! And the thought of Bryan going Jump Street. Coffee came out my nose. What a roller coaster

Expand full comment

Certainly met his demise with Denise

Expand full comment
founding
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

I grateful for this inclusion of the "This is what happens when you fuck with NZrs" bit cos I would never want to tell anyone I said it

Expand full comment

Love that you turned bright red - that’s a New Zealand thing surely? I am the same - all gung-ho thoughts then turn beetroot when I actually say it out loud 😂

Expand full comment

I am so brave in my own head too 😂

Expand full comment

Yep! I related immediately as I laughed out loud. Then cringed and mentally shrunk away.

Expand full comment

AND it has a happy ending? Absolutely wild, did not expect that. (Though I can't find any court details online... I note that searching up "James Pamphile" brings up this article so that'll be interesting when he finds out!)

From the Nathan For You episodes and the start of this story, I thought Brian was a bit of a con man himself. But by the end... I don't think you would've got there without him. The guy is clearly a walking tornado, and we all need a Brian in our life. Mines my father in law.

Years ago, we got ripped off by a travel agency. They realised too late they'd forgotten about daylight savings time, suddenly some layovers wouldn't work, and they demanded an extra 2k from us. I thought I'd exhausted all options and was ready to give in, but then FIL found out. He marched the whole family to the mall, we stood in the entrance to the agency, while he told everyone not to enter. "don't go in there - they'll rip you off". Making a real ruckus. We got escorted out by security after ten minutes, but not before he promised to come back next week to do it again. A few days later (and several angry phone calls from FIL), oh hey, turns out they don't need that money any more! That level of unwavering confidence is a borderline super power, I was astonished. I didn't know you could even DO that.

Brian, I wouldn't want you as a neighbour, but I'd definitely chuck a ball around a parking lot with you while you chuck insults at me. Good stuff.

Daniel - Incredible story, well written, thank you so much!

Expand full comment
author

I love your outcome. And how it was achieved!

I was curious when I wrote this if I end up hearing from James - especially if he's still working in real estate like his LinkedIn says he is!

As for Brian, I had no idea he had his own spin-off show till Dan wrote this piece, and now I can't wait to watch a few episodes!

Expand full comment
author

Sorry, so many !!! in my reply. I just get excited sometimes (!)

Expand full comment

This is one of the most amazing stories I've heard all year, definitely better than all the law dramas on in my house (and they're on a LOT thanks to my dad). I want this to be a movie and then I want that movie to win an Oscar... Or seven.

"Once he called the other precincts and confirmed my story, he realised that I was not as crazy as my accent implied and began to arrange a sting operation" might also be my new favorite sentence of all time.

Expand full comment
author

It's good, right? Feel free to share it around - this one is a free Webworm for all!

https://www.webworm.co/p/thecrookpart1

Expand full comment

Posted to Twitter or X or whatever it’s name is this week. Thanks David. Hope it brings more subscribers and readers.

Expand full comment

I love it. Only it would have been "thus is wat huppans wheen yew meess wuth a Neew Zeelunder". I especially love that you shouted at the baddie whilst also going red with embarassment.

Expand full comment

lolol I’ve just been rewatching the evergreen nz film Eagle Vs Shark and this is exactly it 😂🫠

Expand full comment

The infamous stunned mullet.

Gold.

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

This could well be the next Taika Waititi smash hit! While it must have been a harrowing experience at the time, this is one of those look-back-and-laugh life events that make one's time on this boiling little planet so damn entertaining. I love your writing style, Daniel, and look forward to future contributions to the Webworm universe.

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

I’ve started using the term knucklehead...hadn’t heard it since I was a kid (probably my dad referring to me)

Expand full comment
author

It's a term I had forgotten about also - and really glad to have it up my sleeve.

Expand full comment

Haha due to our present election coming up & contenders from the cheap seats (aka opposition parties & their 'leaders' ) I've adapted Knucklehead to f*cknuckle thesedays

Expand full comment

I remember being in the car with my dad and his mate and someone cut us off and my dads mate yelling out the window “Watch it you fucking bubblebrain” and it’s always stuck.

Expand full comment

lol, I found myself saying a few times this week.

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Such a fun read, Daniel. While it sucks that you had to wait this long to get it published, you happened upon an ideal audience for the story.

Expand full comment
author

I am very, very glad it ended up here. Knew you'd dig it.

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Daniel - you make me proud to be a Kiwi! Love your writing style & dogged determination, plus all the plot twists (an ethics lawyer being targetted???) and the brash PI Brian with a social conscience ... But let's face it - the REAL shero is your partner for alerting the world about this scammer, eh? Just kidding, it was a team effort right down to the detective who took the time to check out your story & take a chance on a man with a weird accent!

And yes David - ALL Webworm articles are great but this was right up there! It will be hard to beat "That's what happens when you f**k with New Zealanders!" for sheer satisfaction when confronting a scammer ...

Expand full comment

So, I know it's a typo, but "hot on the hells of a rental scammer" is much more dramatic than heels and I'm here for it!

Expand full comment
author

This is very embarrassing! My error, not guest writer Dan!

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

NOT embarrassing! Super human and adds a perfect note!!!

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

This is the absolute greatest conclusion anyone could've hoped for!! Glad it all worked out in the end for you, Daniel, and justice was seemingly served. It's not everyday the James Pamphile's of the world get what they deserve so it's nice to see hear about it once in a while! Brian is still my favorite and responded in the only way a Massachusetts man/woman/any of us really can: lovingly but with a slight insult as a term of endearment 😅😅. Also I now realize I spelled his name wrong last time and he'd probably call me a knucklehead because of it 😅😅.

Expand full comment
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Brian was honestly so amazing!! Behind the gruff, stomping, loud, Bostonian exterior I reckon the man has a heart of gold.

Expand full comment

That's most Mass folks 🥰. We're loud and brash and over confident a lot of the time but we're pretty rad folks 😅

Expand full comment

Here's another great example most Bostonians, Daniel 😅 https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZT8LoFEUq/

Expand full comment
founding
Aug 7, 2023Liked by David Farrier

Is a rouse a _ruse_?

Expand full comment

I think in Mr Wolfe's case it is most definitely a ROUSE, and I'm definitely not prepared to argue the fact with him, case closed 😅

Expand full comment

Best story ever!! *Kermit waving hands*....truth justice and karma all happening before our eyes and it's real as well! Go Daniel and Brian, aka Batman and Robin. Love yas! ❤️

Expand full comment