By John Albrecht Jr.
Former “Paranormal State” television personality Ryan Buell is under fire from fans this summer. The paranormal investigator is currently on tour in Canada and featured to headline various ghost hunting events. According to hundreds of Facebook posts from his fans today, Buell is being accused of scamming people by cancelling the events and pocketing the money without giving fans refunds.
Ryan Buell appeared 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 Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver for the “Paranormal: The Experience” tour from June 4 through June 22. On the event’s description, Buell promised to visit each city and do a meet and greet with fans. Lectures, ghost hunts, and other paranormal fun stuff was supposed to be in store for fans but apparently some of the events were cancelled without notice and Buell and friends were allegedly a no-show.
“The fact that I had to call the venue for tonight’s show to find out if its happening or not is pathetic! YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMAED! Thanks SOOO much for cancelling LAST WEEK and not telling us. If I hadn’t called to find out myself I would have driven over an hour FOR NOTHING! I want my money back. I have lost all respect for you guys,” fan Sarah Bertrand posted on PRS’ Facebook page referring to the event in Winnipeg.
“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 on Ryan Buell’s Facebook page.
Hundreds of “Paranormal State” fans and supporters of Buell and PRS are angry and upset. A lot of them claim to have paid for DVDs and events but Buell has never sent them and he continues to cancel the events.
This isn’t the first time that Buell has been accused of scamming his fan base. Last year he was under attack from fans when they claimed that he ripped them off by not sending them a copy of a DVD that they ordered. Buell made a public announcement via Youtube last October regarding shipments of the “American Ghost Hunter” film and assured fans that they would get their copies eventually. Most fans were left waiting for their copy for over a year and some of them still haven’t received one.
In the summer of 2012, Buell announced to fans that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Some fans are wondering if Buell is pulling a similar stunt like former “Ghost Hunters” star Brian Harnois did. Harnois scammed his fans out of thousands of dollars from undelivered merchandise to cancelled events. Buell could be using his former celebrity status to make some extra money by ripping off his fans. Maybe he is doing what the character Walter White did from the popular “Breaking Bad” television series. On the show, the former science teacher found out that he had cancer and ultimately decided to manufacture drugs as a quick way to make income. Hopefully Buell and PRS do the right thing and give everyone refunds.
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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