Before He Died, Thieves Tried To Steal Tony DeZuniga's Identity

Before He Died, Thieves Tried To Steal Tony DeZuniga's IdentityWarning. This is the kind of story that can sicken a grown man's stomach.

Earlier this year, Jonah Hex and Black Orchid co-creator Tony DeZuniga suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised, his family stretched trying to pay medical bills and make it through. Last week, he passed away.

But before that happened, someone tried to scam his friends using Tony's reputation. This e-mail was sent out to many;

From: Tony DeZuniga <>
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Sent: Sat, Apr 28, 2012 5:39 am

This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help.Few days back we made an unannounced vacation trip to Manila,Philippines. Everything was going fine until last night when we got mugged on our way back to the hotel,all cash and credit card were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.

I've been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't wait till then and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the hotel bills, we are freaked out at the moment … I really need your financially assistance Please  let me know if you can help us out?


Tony DeZuniga

I understand it is in the hands of legal authorities, but if you fell victim of this fraud, you may wish to get in touch.

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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