Delorean, The Kountry Wayne Impersonator Exposed as a Con Artist – To add some groove to his pitch, he impersonates not one but two popular Black online entertainers. An aspiring comedian, who goes by the stage name, Kountry Wayne, was shocked when he found his viral videos re-uploaded on Johnson’s largely popular Facebook page.
American history is full of cons and scam artists. Greed has always been powerful in the land of the free, so much so that there is a television show dedicated to the worst fraudulent perpetrators.
Your typical candidate would be an overweight, White male working as an investment banker or financial consultant on Wall Street. However, scam artist come in all shapes and colors as demonstrated by a recent case that has been rattling the internet.
In an alleged multi-million dollar scheme, a self-proclaimed musician, comedian, and entrepreneur, has been preying on quite a different target group. Elijah Johnson who goes by the name DeLorean on social media, focuses his fraudulent activities on single females. According to several of his victims who have come forward recently, here is how Johnson operates.
Claiming to work for a company named Motor Club of America, Johnson promises people a career as representatives of the business making thousands a week. His instructions are pretty straight forward. In a classic pyramid scheme, he expects people to form a team of multiple clients and thereby rise in the ranks, however, there are several hooks to his method. Rather than having his clients sign up directly through the company’s website, Johnson sends them a fake link which feeds directly into his PayPal account. Thus, not only are the clients unwittingly paying the man himself, they are also being tricked into automatic recurring payments. When contacted by victims who caught wind of the scheme, Johnson has been known to respond with serious threats. One male client was told by Johnson that he had ways to do harm to him and his family if he went public with his complaints.
Based on his own online boasting, this method has brought over 6 million dollars into Johnson’s PayPal account.
But the trickery doesn’t end there. Every good scam artist needs a story, an attractive vision. For Bernie Madoff, it was simply the traditional trust within the Jewish community which he so skillfully abused. Johnson, himself an African American, applies a similar strategy targeting a Black audience. Well aware that single, Black females are one of the most vulnerable groups in our population, he fashions himself as a savior to them, promising empowerment and financial independence.
To add some groove to his pitch, he impersonates not one but two popular Black online entertainers. An aspiring comedian, who goes by the stage name, Kountry Wayne, was shocked when he found his viral videos re-uploaded on Johnson’s largely popular Facebook page. This lead millions to believe that Johnson was actually the funny man himself, raising his popularity to over 1.4 million online followers. The actual comedian has since been trying hard to salvage his original content in a unnerving battle via YouTube. A similar surprise was brought to aspiring R&B artist Fedarro, whose original lyrics and music had been copied by Johnson, and sold under his stage name DeLorean. As the musician recently stated, this left him feeling “voiceless”.
That word poignantly sums up the wickedness of Johnson’s scheme. He steals from those who have little more to invest in their hopes and dreams.
As one female victim said online, “I thought I was investing in a future. I thought I had finally found someone I could trust, someone who was one of us. But now because of what he did to me, I can’t even buy food for my kids.”
However, there is light on the horizon. All of the lies, broken promises, and threats, have led to a growing outcry all across the internet. There are several websites and social media pages dedicated to exposing Johnson. Even the hacking group, Anonymous, has issued a formal warning to the scam artist via YouTube, stating that while they could appreciate his computer savviness, they condemn him for stealing from the weakest members of society.
Whether or not his victims outrage will be powerful enough to bring this con artist down remains to be seen.