Last month, while under attack for scamming fans in Canada, former "Paranormal State" television personality Ryan Buell announced new tour dates for his "Conversations with the Dead" lecture tour. Buell was supposed to kick off the tour tonight in Boston but according to a post on his Facebook page today, the events aren't happening.
Ryan Buell is known for appearing on the hit A&E paranormal reality show "Paranormal State" with his team the Paranormal Research Society from December 2007 to May 2011. He founded the Paranormal Research Society when he was a 19-year-old student at Pennsylvania State University.
Buell was scheduled to appear in Canada for the "Paranormal: The Experience" tour this summer but the events were canceled without notice and Buell and friends were allegedly a no-show.
"You guys are a JOKE! You guys took my money and didn't even show up in Edmonton! NO ONE can get a hold of you because NONE OF YOU reply to anyone's emails. GIVE US BACK OUR DAMN MONEY YOU SCAM ARTISTS!" Sabrina Cryderman said in regards to Buell's Canadian tour.
Many fans are wondering why Buell isn't personally addressing the issue and some of them believe Sergey Poberezhny hijacked Buell's Facebook page. Oddly enough after canceling tour dates in Canada, new tour dates for US cities were added on Buell's Facebook page amid the controversy.
"Join Michelle and I for our Conversations with the Dead Tour. We are hitting up Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, and surprise visits to two other Texas cities, July 14-28, 2014," Buell said in a Facebook post last night.
"Conversations with The Dead: The National Tour" was originally scheduled for a 6-city tour from April 25 through May 6 earlier this year. Psychic-medium and former "Paranormal State" cast-mate Chip Coffey was supposed to join Buell on the tour but he backed out of the event. The tour was ultimately canceled and rescheduled for this summer.
The tour was supposed to begin in the Boston area at the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain tonight but it was announced on Buell's Facebook page that the event was canceled. According to a representative from the club, Buell never booked or paid for the event.
"Nobody has returned my emails and the theater has not received the contract and the deposit check so as far as we're concerned the event is cancelled," Footlight Club representative Jesse Martin said in an email regarding the event in Boston.
At least Buell won't be accepting money for bogus events anytime soon. He sent Sergey Poberezhny to do some damage control in regards to the scams.
"Director Ryan Buell has previously communicated with ticket purchasers for the “Conversations With The Dead” lectures. Although Ryan and PRS had high hopes of putting on this series, we are unable to do so. The lecture series is being cancelled," Poberezhny said on behalf of Buell. "Given the recent setbacks related to 'Conversations with the Dead,' PRS will not be scheduling any appearances in the immediate future. We hope that these circumstances change sooner rather than later. PRS also intends to honor those commitments relating to online courses which have been put on hold. Also, PRS intends to continue with the Bureau, although we are not scheduling any events in the near future," he said.
To file a report, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can be reached toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 or a report can be submitted online through a form on their website. Additionally the United States Federal Trade Commission can be reached at 1-877-FTC-HELP or a report can be filed online via their website. To contact fraud investigators at the Wake County Sheriff's Office in Raleigh, North Carolina, call 919-856-6900 and ask to be connected to someone in the Fraud Unit.
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