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Nick Roper

Ladies and gentlemen, Lee Fogarty is Nick RoperLee Fogarty was exposed shilling for Retro Computers Ltd as part of their Vega+ Indiegogo campaign. He created a fake account called Nick Roper and replied to backers on Saturday 7th of January 2017. He posted his first comment as Nick Roper when replying to a backer, but several eagle-eyed people spotted that the Nick Roper account shared the same avatar as Lee. They managed to capture screenshots of it, and released various tweets and videos about it.

Approximately 20 hours later, Lee still hadn't realised he had been caught and posted a second comment as Nick Roper. Minutes later, he finally realised he'd been busted, and quickly deleted the second comment (hoping that nobody had seen it). People had seen it, but sadly nobody managed to screen capture the second comment before Lee deleted it. Because the original comment had been spread all over the internet, Lee couldn't delete the first one so he switched it so that it now said Lee Fogarty as the author.

At the time Lee was busted, he posted the following message on Indiegogo:

Lee Fogarty
I registered to add an old friend to the role of honour. Meh. I’ve spoken to them and had his name added anyway so I can post as myself.

George Cropper exposed Lee Fogarty in a video on January 9th, 2017:

George pointed out in the video that since Lee works for RCL, there was absolutely no need to sign up a fake account to add his "old friend" to the honour roll. He could simply have asked to have the name added. George also pointed out that the honour roll was supposed to have been closed 4 months earlier.

Lee Fogarty then began contacting as many people as he could and telling them a completely different story. Lee's next version of the story was that he had contacted Nick Roper's daughter (to say that her Dad's name had been added to the honour roll), and she proceeded to read the Vega+ Indiegogo comments page and was horrified to see her Dad's name being dragged through the mud.

In the month following Lee's initial 2 posts as Nick Roper, there were only 3 other posts mentioning Nick Roper - and one of those was by Lee himself. Lee would have you believe that those few comments were enough to "horrify" Nick Roper's daughter. According to Lee, this was enough for her to delete her social media accounts.

Nick Roper gravestone

In early February, Codetapper contacted Lee on facebook to ask a bit more about Nick Roper, and he told yet another version of events - Nick Roper had been dead for 20 years! Codetapper couldn't believe what he was hearing, hence why he asked for clarification a few times. Here's the full conversation before Lee blocked him:

Do you regret making up Nick Roper now then?
Is he going to appear on the honour roll?
I didn't make him up and that's a disgusting allegation
yes he is
Cause it's a slap in the face of all backers if he is there!
Why would a dead person want to back the campaign so much?
And why would you tell his family that people are slagging him off in his grave?
it's a bigger slap in the face of his daughter if he's not after I told her he was
She probably doesn't know what a Spectrum is!
so she looked out of interest at the campaign and saw her dads name dragged through their shit
Did Nick Roper back lots of other campaigns from the grave or just the Vega+?
no she didn't - but she knew her dad was a big fan and wanted to know more about him because he died when she was a baby. I'm not discussing thing - its nothing to do with anyone
Sorry mate, that sounds utter crap.
He died when she was a baby, so presumably at least 10-20 years ago
And he still wants to back the Vega+? Did he put that in his will or something?
20 year prediction that the Vega+ would come out? You must be joking right?
fuck off - you are trying to goad me now. I did it in his memory not because he fucking asked me, and it was a present for his daughter
20 years ago he died - you are taking the mickey right?
wtf are you on about?
you said nick died when she was a baby right
she wouldn't understand anything unless she was at least 10-20 years old now
so Nick Roper must have wanted to invest 10-20 years ago
he didn't - I did it in his name
as a present for her
Unless you say otherwise, I assume Nick died at least 10 years ago.
More likely closer to 20...
So why didn't you just sign her up, and make no comments?
Not tell her, present her with the honour roll when it was finished?
Why on earth would you post as Nick, then tell her that people are dragging her dead dad's name through the mud? It is bizarre
Beause I did it in her dads name. Do you have any idea how many on the roll are dedicated to other people?
1 by the sound of things.
I made the post, realised it was the wrong name and changed it within minutes. the trolls captured it
Seen by Lee Fogarty at February 11th, 12:26pm
Why was Nick's daughter reading the comments section on Indiegogo though? She just happened to be scrolling through pages of them and sees her dad's name?
You can surely see that this seems absolutely crazy.
Surely Indiegogo shows who you are posting as so you could tell it's as Nick Roper etc
FEB 12TH, 1:16PM
Have you seen the latest posts about the next revelation on the RCL Vega+ rollercoaster? There's some good ideas in there you can pass on to your co-workers for why the February deadline won't be met in an upcoming update.
No book update mentioned of course, because as we know, it doesn't and won't exist!

On Thursday 30th March, 2017, Lee posted the following comment on the Indiegogo campaign, claiming that Nick Roper's daughter had been "hounded off Facebook":

Lee Fogarty
5 days ago
@Daniel. I registered on indiegogo for the FIRST campaign. It was my understanding the role of honour was for the registered name. I put my mates in. I then saw the name of the campaign owner, and knowing his history decided not to back it. I have backed the Vega+, and made ONE comment – someone asked for a video – before realising it was the same name and immediately changed it. It was screenshotted within a minute and since then his daughter has been hounded off fb. But you knew that anyway...

This story has more holes than Swiss cheese, as backers managed to capture the original comment 20 hours after he posted it. Hardly what anyone would consider "immediately changing it".

Lee claimed he made a single post, but as Jolyan pointed out in the comments (see below), a second comment from Nick Roper had already been deleted.

The story about Nick Roper's daughter being hounded off Facebook is also preposterous. Lee has never mentioned the name of his imaginary friend's daughter, and Roper is a common surname. Even if you believed this work of fiction, there is no way anybody would be able to track her down and "hound" her off Facebook. Here is a complete dump of all the Indiegogo comments that mention Nick Roper (captured on Tuesday 4th April, 2017):

Nick Roper (20 hours later changed to Lee Fogarty)
3 months ago
@ja.sanchez – retrocomputerslimited.com/ 2016 / 09 / 26 /only-six-months-after-record-breaking-crowd-funding-campaign-sir-clive-sinclair-backed-zx-vega-announces-launch-date/

Nick Roper
3 months ago
Comment deleted and no screen capture of it.

3 months ago
@Nick Roper aka @Lee Fogarty oops silly mistake! While many are oblivious to all this, many suspected it. But this mistake proves it. How many other accounts?

Lee Fogarty
3 months ago
I registered to add an old friend to the role of honour. Meh. I’ve spoken to them and had his name added anyway so I can post as myself.

3 months ago
I see, well if that’s truly the case, then I apologise. But you have deleted the other Nick Roper comment so I hope you see how this could be viewed as dubious?

Ian Burns
2 months ago
In all fairness “nick roper” wasn’t a backer either but you were fine with him posting here... can’t have it both ways RCL

2 months ago
Indeed RCL, please tell us more about Nick Roper. Was he a true backer that was never quilty of mis-informing anybody?

Jamie Ball
2 months ago

Vega+ Indiegogo Shilling Unmasked

Jamie Ball
2 months ago

2 months ago
Jamie _Ball, Nick Roper... Wonder how many other shill accounts we have here.

Daniel Newby
2 months ago
has nick roper been refunded

Daniel Newby
2 months ago
I think there is a lot of nick ropers relatives on here aunt uncles sisters brothers there everywhere.

Daniel Newby
2 months ago
Graham, Lee fogarty who works for RCL pretended by setting up a fake account to be Lee roper his dead friend.he does not no anyone called that.massive fraud I’m supprised Lee has not tried taking out an insurance policy and paddling out on a cannoe and pretending to drown.Why have RCL not sacked him.

1 month ago
Nick Roper and the number 1 die hard posting almost simultaneously. How convenient...

Lee would have you believe that these 14 comments were enough for Nick Roper's daughter to be "hounded" off Facebook! This is a completely different version of events, because in January Lee claimed that Nick Roper's daughter had deleted her accounts when she saw her Dad's name "dragged through the mud".

Lee Fogarty profile

Lee Fogarty's last version of events really takes the mickey and seems completely implausible. If you believe Lee, Indiegogo backers (furious at RCL's treatment of them) were somehow able to track down the (unnamed) daughter of someone that supposedly died 20 years earlier, and hounded her until she (conveniently for Lee) closed down her social media accounts.

What were these people that were supposedly hounding her asking her about the Vega+ campaign? What would a 20 year old girl know about the Vega+? Why would she accept all these people as friends on facebook to receive this supposed abuse? If she actually existed, she would have to be one of the most stupid and spineless people you should ever wish to meet. But most people seem convinced that neither she or her late father ever existed.

Nick Roper profile

Lee also controls the forums on World of Spectrum, and he has made sure that no indexing of the forums can take place, and the search function is basically unusable/broken. There is a single thread mentioning the Vega+, so Lee has been able to control what people could post about Nick Roper. In April 2017, Lee closed the thread, so nobody can even discuss the Vega+ on the site. This was after the admin team were caught adding an abusive comment (without displaying a new modification date) so one of the members could be banned. Lee has also posted that he is the only one with access to the database (as the current maintainer of World of Spectrum), so if that's the case, Lee must have been the one that altered the post in the database so the member could be banned.

Timeline and Lee's various versions of events:

  • Lee posts on the Indiegogo campaign as Nick Roper and is caught shilling when the photo for Nick Roper matches his photo.
  • Lee claims he signed up as Nick Roper to add an old friend to the honour roll.
  • Version 1: Nick Roper's daughter happened to be reading the comments page, saw her Dad's name dragged through the mud, and deleted her social media accounts.
  • Version 2: Nick Roper turns out to have been dead for 20 years and died when Nick's daughter was a baby. Lee contacted Nick's daughter in January to say that Lee had added Nick to the honour roll (even though it had closed 4 months earlier), she decided to find out more about her dear old dad (RIP) and the best way was to read the comments section on the Indiegogo campaign.
  • Version 3: Nick Roper's daughter was somehow tracked down by backers, she accepted all their friend/messenger requests and was hounded so much about details of the campaign that she couldn't handle it, and deleted her social media accounts.

This whole Nick Roper fiasco is utterly preposterous - much like the entire Vega+ campaign!

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Confirmation of the shilling that went on from certain individuals during this absolute scandal. What a disgrace!

Well it seems justice has prevailed for once and no surprises there to be honest what a ridiculous bit of behaviour !

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