Monday, August 31, 2015

LOL..... Steven Frischling's GoFundMe campaign!

Everybody's favorite social media consultant Steven E. Frischling has a GoFundMe campaign that's total bullshit! (Campaign taken offline after we posted this, but archived at

"Let's help those who help"? Who has Steven Frischling ever helped? Did he help the people who sued him for fraud (and won) get their wedding day photographs?

The page has a photo of a fire and says "A couple of public safety officers had their own home damaged by a 2 alarm fire." Note there are NO details whatsoever about who, when and where this occurred.

The GoFundMe page in fact was set up in May by Sean Roebuck from Henderson, Nevada, who works in billing at a county airport department and faps nonstop to Frischling's fake adventures. Who knows what sad story was there to get people to donate $2,395 to someone who pleads guilty to forgery and larceny, and owes money to people who sued him and won judgements.

Feeding the hungry? When does it look like Fish went without a meal? Sheep and Bozo are his pets apparently. You can buy a lot of pet food with $5,000.

24 people gave money, some who may not have known the recipient was Frischling. Why would a social media expert whose clients include the world's top airlines be so incredibly broke he can't even buy food?

Do you think the people whose home was actually damaged in the fire would like to know their misfortune is being used to go to benefit someone like Steven E. Frischling? That's a real photo of a real house on fire. Check out this article from local newspaper ''The Day'' and look at the photo credit. Oh what a coincidence, photos by Steven Frischling. Frischling also posted a few photos from this fire on his Instagram. He even captions it as a "2 alarm" fire. Look familiar?

What do you think the homeowners would think of that? They have set up a fundraiser of their own! They really are people who help people. Please donate to them if you can:

Frischling photographed someone's house on fire, then took the picture and their story and put it on his fundraiser, to benefit himself. It seems likely Frischling felt he deserved more money and thought the "two public safety officers" story would help people open up their wallets.

It is against the policy of GoFundMe to include fraudulent information in a campaign. Click the envelope icon next Sean Roebuck's name and report this fraud. (Already removed)

Frischling then held a pity party on Twitter over the demise of his scheme.

Why would you have to take it down if it's a legitimate fundraiser? It was taken down within minutes of this blog going up. Why would you have to find "another way to do that" if this one was honest?

Happy Lying!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Steven Frischling won't stop lying about Hurricane Katrina

A decade ago today, Hurricane Katrina turned into a Category 5 nightmare that left death, devastation and $100+ billion of damage in Louisiana, Mississippi, and surrounding states. The images of the destruction, particularly in flooded New Orleans, were heartbreaking and unforgettable. But that was then, and 10 years later it's time to take a look at the dramatic tales of Katrina suffering endured by one Steven E. Frischling, an unusual photographer who somehow always manages to be present at the scene retroactively and never produces any photos he brags he took. No tragedy is too horrific to exploit so long as Frischling's fantasies get fleeting attention from online strangers who won't remember them.

We already did a Katrina post several years ago laughing at his claims of being the only person sickened by "airborne pathogens" while dodging invisible gangs fighting it out on rooftops in the completely flooded Lower 9th Ward. Since Frischling can't stop lying about Katrina, it's time to go fishing once again and see what we find. Just so you know, these incredible stories are all text and you will not find a single Frischling photo to illustrate these epic tales. Awww, why not? Because Steven Frischling refuses to provide any evidence of the photos he claims he took after Hurricane Katrina.

First, let's establish where Frischling was in late August/early September 2005. Easy enough as always, he was talking about himself online. We know that because, unlike him and his photos, we have the messages to prove it. Here's his activity on SportsShooter message boards alone - Frischling posted at least once in all of these threads during these days:

Therefore, he was somewhere with not only an Internet connection, but plenty of leisure time to spend online chatting about mundane, non-disaster situations. Not only that, on September 6, Frischling very specifically says "we" spent the morning gathering up all kinds of items to send "down" to Katrina victims. He was nowhere near New Orleans the week after Hurricane Katrina.

Frischling continues to chat about all sorts of items on the message board that have nothing to do with Hurricane Katrina and give no indication he plans to travel to the Gulf Coast, much less that he is currently anywhere near New Orleans. Two weeks after Katrina, on September 15, he mentions a travel plan one month away:

Over the past 10 years on SportsShooter, he's never mentioned his supposed time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, nor any of the surely challenging and memorable photographic moments he experienced "covering" one of the most devastating disasters his country has ever seen. Most likely because his own postings on Sportsshooter in August and September 2005 very clearly demonstrate that he was not there:

He does mention floods twice and hurricanes three times, but all comments pre-date Hurricane Katrina. At one point, he pipes up to brag that a "flood rescue" photo of his ran "full page" in the National Enquirer (because they often give full pages to spot news) and also that the Discovery Channel Online hired him to photograph the New England Patriots in 1998 (lolwut?).

Fast forward a few years to 2009, after Frischling met the forum of his dreams, the single and available Twitter, where he discovered a new fresh audience to regale with his fantastic FishTales, in 160 characters or less. Though he's never mentioned being in New Orleans after Katrina on SportsShooter, he now won't shut the fuck up about it on Twitter. Almost four years after Katrina, in July 2009, Frischling says his boots that somehow miraculously "survived" Frischling's trip "covering" the War in Iraq his six-hour stay inside an Iraq airport under the control of British soldiers, the trusty boots had to be sadly thrown out after Katrina.
In August 2009, Frischling declares he was in New Orleans after the hurricane when he "picked up an infection" that was "NOT contagious."
And again he brings up his illness after that "pesky hurricane" Katrina, where for four days, he bravely worked through a fever fluctuating between 102F and 104F.
In 2010, Frischling complains that his imaginary photos from after TWA Flight 800 are with the AP, and that his Katrina photos "belong to" his former employer.
He then clarifies he does have his Katrina photos, but that they are on a "hard drive somewhere" the CDC will not permit people to go. (His CDC comment could be a joke about the state of his "office" or, knowing Frischling, he really could be implying the CDC has actually forbidden him from entering because of some tragic toxin it is currently investigating.)
What an incredible mystery it is why Frischling would a) store important photos on a single hard drive that he cannot easily find yet b) not have any online copies where people can see them and discuss them, such as Instagram. This from a person who claims to be both a professional photographer and an expert in social media.

Finally we get to our present era of #TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter) and #TNI (Traveler's Night In). ##TTOT is a hugely popular chat supported by major travel brands. #TNI is a much less popular chat Frischling "hosts" in which he asks questions designed to elicit exciting answers from Steven Frischling about Steven Frischling. In July 2012, he now claims he witnessed Hurricane Katrina itself, not just the devastation afterward.
Not only that, in January 2014 he recalls how he developed an "unknown" "super" infection! Perhaps this "unknown" "super" infection was caused by the piscis bullshitia strain of bacteria? It does seem odd that back in 2009, he was able to say he was definitely "NOT contagious." Apparently the Frisching University School of Medicine teaches that a patient CANNOT spread an infection if nobody knows what it is or what caused it. Because science.

But oh how he suffered. This unknown super noncontagious superinfection was so serious he was suffering from a 103-degree fever that he now had for seven days! So which was it Steven? Four days or seven days? Four days is long enough with a 102, 103 or 104-degree fever, but seven whole days while you worked in 100-degree heat with no medical treatment whatsoever? You think you would remember that more clearly.
By February 2014, that fever has now increased to a stable 104F. It would appear Frischling was patient zero of the first "terribly" infection, which he came down with when he was stranded in New Orleans, burning with fever, unable to leave and unable to get medical help!

Frischling sure must be brave as the one bright side to his precarious plight is that, as we pointed out already, despite suffering from hyperthermia, he had the energy to post over and over on SportsShooter about things unrelated to hurricanes, flooding, or infections (including infections unknown and/or super). In May 2014, Frischling reveals his most unusual travel method was on a USCG SPC-AIR "through" the French Quarter.

What the hell is a SPC-AIR, you ask? No, not an airline named after Frischling called "Special" Airways ("We love to lie and it shows"). The Special Purpose Craft Airboats (SPC-AIR) are used by various Coast Guard units "in the execution of ice rescue missions, flood response, and are capable of operating over water, ice and short distances on land. Airboats are also used to get responders into shallow water areas and marsh areas where deep-draft vessels cannot go."
Well now, that's odd. Why would an airboat be traveling "through" land that remained, for the most part, DRY? Yes, the French Quarter was almost entirely dry after Katrina, because it was built on higher land that has historically allowed it to survive flooding. And it was dry after the storm because the heat at this time was so extreme it was killing people in New Orleans. Moisture quickly evaporates in 100-degree heat. Disgraced journalist Brian Williams was caught up in this lie as well when he claimed to have seen bodies floating in floodwater by his hotel in the French Quarter. Only about 9 percent of the French Quarter had any standing water.

So why would the hardworking Steven Frischling say he was cruising around through the French Quarter on a highly specialized boat? Because Frischling a) is lying, b) was nowhere near New Orleans around Katrina, and c) is describing his own elaborate fantasy, in which the French Quarter was flooded and he was hanging out with his Coast Guard buddies (boys, really).

A photo taken at 8:05 am the morning of August 30, 2005, shows limited flooding near Canal and Bourbon.
It's a good thing Frischling wasn't there, or else he might have gotten his shoes wet.

Seriously, does this look like something the men (boys, really) of the U.S. Coast Guard are going to drive across asphalt in triple-digit temperatures?

Happy lying!

PS As always, we'll take this post down if you can prove you were there, Fish. Show us your Katrina photos. Oddly there are none in your online portfolio... It shouldn't be that difficult to put a few up online, right?

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Steven Frischling Power Hour

Some guy named "ArtoftheImage" who apparently has no ability to Google did a one-hour interview with Steven Frischling about photography. It went exactly as you would expect.

In the first 10 minutes alone, Frischling claims:
  • He first began shooting spot news at 10, on his bike, with a 1965 Nikkormat FS and Kodachrome (naturally)
  • He claims he did a photography project for 20 airlines, when over the course of 12 days he went around the world shooting in 15 cities in 13 countries and all on two iPhones. (Where are these photos?) (Looks like he really did this. Word is execution of this project was exactly what you would expect from Steven Frischling.)
  • His current work for spot news includes "abductions." (Where are these photos?)
  • He lost his job at CRN because he was "downsized," as they merged the art director and photo director positions. LOL.
  • He claims he did "social media" for Kodak from 1994 to 1999... (Apparently lying all day on AOL forums is considered social media, according to Frischling.)
  • He did a "Photo of the Day" project for Discovery Channel and FedEx showed up at his house with a rare 6 mm Nikkor lens (recent price: $160,000) and a Post It note that simply said "Figure this out." (Where are these photos?)

And it goes on and on and on with ridiculous tales. This is all so believable, isn't it? Let's take a look at his claim that he was "downsized" from CRN.

On two forums, he claims he voluntarily "quite" before he was about to be laid off (which makes so much sense, since layoffs from a major corporation usually go with severance packages! How does not getting a severance package "work out well" for him?). He claims he had to travel so much and he wanted to be with his son who "barely knew" him and his imaginary wife was getting "stretched to thing":
"I ended up quitting my job as a Director of Photography overseeing 5 international business magazines (worked out well as my job was about to be made 'redundant'). I quite because I wanted to be with my son and he barely knew me, and my wife was really getting stretched to thing." Sep 10, 2008 12:04
Five months later, the story has changed. On the SAME forum he now claims he resigned because of the "extreme pressure" for him to implement Work for Hire contracts for his "photogs," which he refused to do, because of his incredible integrity:
"Do NOT take it. Work For Hire is bad for you, bad for business, bad for the industry. At $5k per shoot WFH is bad for business. I actually left my job as a magazine director of photography, overseeing multiple international business magazines, in part because of the extreme pressure to implement a WFH contract. I'd be paying $750+ for the shoots, and as the person in charge I fought it and refused to issue it to my photogs." Feb 21, 2009 16:26

Now the story has changed and he was downsized, and the two positions merged into one. He said the same thing here on Twitter. That's odd - why was he quickly replaced by someone else with the same job title? Another photographer was hired and stayed for six+ years. That's a long time to be at a company where the job you do doesn't exist...

Perhaps the most ridiculous claim is around 26:30 when he brags that his daughter was a published photographer at age 4. Seriously. Somehow when he wasn't looking, apparently his 4-year-old daughter took his camera and took a picture that was chosen as a magazine cover and he only realized later that it wasn't his photo. And he gets some "demented pleasure" from his daughter "dodging junkies" shooting housefires. Who is Art of the Image and how is he so gullible as to believe this?

Happy lying!

The FishFraud Fan's Essential Pocket Guide

Guess what everyone! We just inked a deal with a major international company to author a book, a 135-page guide to the great adventures of Steven Frischling! This deal was inked after months and months of negotiating, ironing out details, and thumb wrestling. This was not a book we wrote and pitched, but were approached by said international company, therefore, they are at the mercy of our busy schedule doing nothing. The first draft of the first chapter is due January 2050.

The book will be called The FishFraud Fan's Essential Pocket Guide and all content will be essential and pocketable. We need help putting it together of course as it's impossible to write 135 pages without help, we'll keep this article pinned to the top of the blog as it expands. We'll divide it into sections and sort by theme.

Frischling adventures

Frischling photos: MIA

Part of the book will be placeholders of course, blank pages representing some of his most dramatic adventures that he has no photos of, for some bizarre reason.

What is your "favourite" Frischling tale?

Happy Lying, folks!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Frischling sues landlord for $15k+

Steven Frischling's daughter fell on the stairs in July 2012, smacked her mouth on the landing and needed nine stitches on her mouth. Nearly two years later, in June 2014, Frischling filed a lawsuit against his (probably former) landlord, alleging negligence on the homeowner's part, and claiming that:
"she has, may, and probably will for an indefinite time in the future suffer great pain, inconvenience, embarrassment, and mental anguish ... and be deprived of ordinary pleasures of life, loss of well-being and equanimity and her overall health, strength and vitality has been greatly impaired"

If this was a legitimate lawsuit, why wait 23 months to file? Surely it would have been obvious immediately if this poor kid, already sentenced to a lifetime of having Steven Frischling as a father, was truly facing a lifetime of suffering from this accident? Nine stitches, while no doubt painful, does not sound like a massive scar.

You can read the information here. Oddly, however, in the documented dated 9/11/2014, the landlord responds to additional allegations that appear to revolve solely around an accident Fish had as he describes Frischling as being negligent in attempting to "traverse a wooden bridge with a loaded truck" while he "failed to make reasonable use of his own sense and faculties."

The case appears to be ongoing. The last activity was in June. Do you think the landlord would like to know about FishFraud?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Frischling claims to have been on a Coast Guard boat that capsized

In addition to his unbelievable number of airplane near disasters, giant success Steven Frischling claims he was once on a Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable boat that "flipped over" (ie capsized) .

One of our faithful FishFraud fans saw that and for some reason suspected it was bullshit, and emailed the information officer for the United States Coast Guard for the Northeastern United States. The response:
"Thank you for your inquiry. Being that this alleged incident took place within the last 10 years, we don't have any knowledge on it. If you could narrow down the date, you could possible file a FOIA request for any MISHAP reports occurring at the Station during that time frame. I will say it does sound highly doubtful that a CG Station Jones Beach asset would have flipped, but again I cannot comment either way without more background information. Coast Guard members typically transfer stations every 3-4 years, and I couldn't find anyone with knowledge of this incident."

Any such incident would result in an investigation and most likely be available online, but nothing can be found. Here is the report for a capsized USCG vessel in Alaska:
So Frischling we need more information here. Your fans are fascinated by your adventures and need more information from you. If you really were on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel that "flipped," when did this occur? Edit to add: Frischling also claims to have pissed from a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Did you buy Steven Frischling's book, "The Traveling Photographer's Essential Pocket Guide"?

Neither did we, or anyone for that matter. According to Steven Frischling, on July 22, 2008, he "just inked a contract" to write a mere 135-page book called "The Traveling Photographer's Essential Pocket Guide." (See our previous post on this topic.)

He spammed every forum he could with the same post, bragging on FlyerTalk and on this forum about his accomplishment. On the second forum, he claims "This is not a book I had written an (sic) pitched, this is a book I was approached to write by the publisher."

This is mystifying. It's now been SEVEN YEARS and the eagerly awaited tome has yet to appear. Queries on SportsShooter from eager photographers ready to hand over their money have been met with radio silence. Fish refuses to tell us what happened to his book that an "international publishing firm" was eager to pay him to write (but only after "a few months of negotiations" of course).

We know you're special Fish, but why hasn't the book come out yet? Shouldn't you have been able to handle at least a rough draft? Surely the "international publishing firm" would have granted you a few deadline extensions. How hard is it for a professional photographer who has claimed to have amassed "1 million frequent flyer miles" to write a short book full of tips for traveling photographers?

Tell us FishFraud Fans, do you think he had a book deal and failed to deliver anything worth printing or do you think he made the whole thing up?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Frischling lies about using vintage camera

Everyone's favorite authentic photographer Steven Frischling has tweeted at least two photos and claimed they were taken with a vintage Polaroid camera. Everyone knows Poloraids have that distinctive look, right? As always let's take a look at yet another claim that's so stupid any 8-year-old could debunk it.

Photo 1: Fenway Park

Photo 2: Arad Fort, Bahrain

So how do we know this is a lie? First of all, anyone who has ever used a Polaroid camera knows they come out very clean with a nice white border. Yet Frischling's photos both have a rough edge. It is possible, theoretically, that he achieved this look doing a Polaroid transfer like this.

Except that both of the have the identical rough edge, which is, for all intents and purposes, fucking impossible. Note that with the Arad photo, he claims it was taken "long before Instagram" and its popular vintage filters, so these are not digitally added borders, he seems to be saying.

Oh my my my what is this that we have here? Why it's a site where you can download a Photoshop file to make your own fun and vintage to pretend! Go to to get the border he used yourself:

So what's the deal here Frischling? You've been caught in another lie. What is your excuse? Were you embarrassed about the quality of your photos? Do you truly believe that real professional photographers can't spot your bullshit? Or do you get some kind of special thrill duping travel enthusiasts on Twitter?

PS Here's a good photo of Arad, courtesy of Jun Manabat Photography on Flickr:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fish's ex officially throws him back to the sea!

Attention single ladies: There's plenty of fish in the sea, including a rotten one. Be sure to throw it back if it looks like this.

It seems Fish's ex has finally come to her senses and kicked him to the curb! Thanks to anon who posted this court record of child custody case from the last year. No information available online for family court cases but she is listed as the plaintiff and he is the defendant, so she sued his ugly ass. Hopefully she sued for get full custody of their children and checked the box for him to go fuck himself.

The amazing part is that she represented herself (no doubt FishFuck bled her dry of every penny) but he had an attorney! Wonder which family member he conned to pay for that. It appears the case was last updated on June 25. Let's hope the judge had a brain and saw his timeline of failure, fraud and pathological lying. You have to wonder what kind of fantastic fabrications in the web of lies he probably spun to beg for his kids.

None of the details of the Connecticut records are online but maybe FishFraud needs to come on down to that court and spend a day reading all the information in public records on this winner, including all his evictions, for your enjoyment.

In a show of support for the ex-Never Mrs. Frischling, Team FishFraud will scrub her real name from any of our blog posts mentioning her in the next few days.

Some company has hired Steven Frischling!

According to Steven Frischling's Twitter stream of textual diarrhea, he claims to have started a brand new job! That means some company hired him in a complete and total human resource #fail.

But this is an exciting new development for the FishFraud Mod Squad. We admit it was the recent updates surrounding the tragic fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that made one of us wonder what kind of bullshit he was spewing in his "coverage" and "analysis" of the developments. Thus we discovered he is still bullshitting away, and once again, it is time to expose him and alert the unalerted to his colorful history. Not only is this justified, but we feel we must do it for the lulz. Everyone who has ever dealt with this man deserves some kind of reward and we will do our best.

Now it's time for some investigation. Who would possibly hire this winner? How does he have a single job reference? He must have fabricated his entire resume, references included, and nobody checked to see if any of it is true. But the investigation will be a short one: Since he must constantly brag about his various exploits, and that his only three skills are connecting to the Internet, typing with bad spelling and sharing his photos (except for the weddings he was paid to photograph, of course!) we're confident he will immediately reveal who hired him (even if he tries not to).

And not only that, he claims to be flying to Syria today for this brand new job! Syria, where the government is bombing civilians, ISIL is running amuck and Jews are always warmly received! Good luck, Fish, and we'll be waiting for you when you land.

Strike that. Turns out he tweeted he was flying to Syracuse!! Syracuse! We had assumed by the ridiculous number of useless details he Twatted about this flight from JFK, we assumed SYR was some sort of interesting destination! So what companies are in Syracuse that would have accidentally hired him?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Anyone in the mood for deep fried Fish?

Has it really been 3.5 years since our last post?! Wow time sure flies when you have a job and are not being constantly evicted for squatting and sued for fraud.