Scammer tries to spend millions on hypercars using TheStradman's name - Dexerto

Scammer tries to spend millions on hypercars using TheStradman’s name

Published: 5/Aug/2020 10:27

by Kieran Bicknell


While on the hunt for his new hypercar, YouTuber TheStradman has encountered a major issue thanks to the actions of an unknown scammer.

Having recently sold off a number of his vehicles and released plans for his new home, TheStradman is at a transitional point in his career as a YouTuber. As part of this channel ‘shakeup,’ he is now looking to purchase his first-ever hypercar.

In a somewhat un-Stradman fashion, he is taking his time to find the perfect car – no surprise given the insane value of this type of vehicle. Explaining why he’s happy to take it slow, James said he “doesn’t want to go out and buy the wrong car, just to prove to the doubters I can.”

Stradman’s search for a hypercar

Unfortunately, the process hasn’t been an easy one: TheStradman tells viewers that so far it has been a “fun, (but) painful process” searching for the next addition to his garage, though this process has now become far more complicated than before thanks to a severe case of identity fraud.

Sadly it seems that an unknown individual is impersonating TheStradman online, particularly on a classified auction site called JamesEdition.

Multi-million dollar cash offers

The individual in question has made a number of cash offers on TheStradman’s behalf, claiming that they are in fact TheStradman and using his contact details, likeness and communicating as if they were him.

TheStradman is understandably pretty wound up about this. Breaking his usual ‘peppy’ on-camera persona and delivery style, he chose to discuss these events with his viewers in a candid, frank 1-on-1 monologue whilst sat in his Lamborghini.

TheStradman fake offer
Youtube: TheStradman
A number of fake cash ‘offers’ have been made in TheStradman’s name

In particular, this individual has made a $2 million cash offer on a McLaren P1 GTR while claiming to be TheStradman. Not only that, but they have also contacted his friends at Pagani Beverly Hills to put in an offer on a Huyara Roadster.

Legal action has been threatened

While he says that it’s probably someone with ‘good intentions’ TheStradman does go on to say that if this individual doesn’t cease this use of his identity, he will pursue legal action with his attorney.

Legal ramifications for identity fraud vary from state-to-state and likely depending on the severity of the fraud, but hopefully, the individual in question will heed this warning and stop impersonating TheStradman.


Self-driving car hilariously crashes into wall during Twitch broadcast

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:58

by Tanner Pierce


During the Roborace Season Beta event being streamed on Twitch, which pits multiple teams operating “self-driving” cars against each other in an augmented reality experience, one of the cars crashed in an unfortunate, but ultimately hilarious, fashion.

If you never heard of Roborace, you’re probably not the only one. The AI-focused racing experience has only been around for a few years now and while it’s certainly entertaining, it hasn’t quite hit the mainstream just yet in the same way that something like Formula 1 racing has.

Despite this, Season Beta of the aforementioned competition is currently underway and is being streamed on Twitch for the world to see. Of course, it wouldn’t be a race without some spectacular crashes and one happened in an absolutely hilarious fashion on October 29.

During the second day of the Season Beta race, Acronis SIT Autonomous’s DevBot 2.0 car took an abrupt sharp turn directly into a wall immediately after being at a standstill, leading to an unfortunate, albeit hilarious moment during the race.

Unfortunately, the camera cuts away before we can see the reaction of the operators, although it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be a little annoyed at that immediate outcome. While it’s currently unknown what the estimated price is for the DevBot 2.0, as they’re all produced specifically by Roborace, this little crash probably just cost the team a lot of money.

The DevBot 2.0 uses Nvidia’s DRIVE platform to operate, which allows artificial intelligence to take over driving the fully electric car, as it races through an augmented reality track.

As the name suggests, this is the second iteration to use the name and is being used by all teams during Season Beta. It’s unknown whether this error was due to a technical error or was down to the “operators”.

If fans are interested in Roborace, Season Beta is set to continue until October 30, and will be streamed on the competition’s official Twitch channel the whole time.