Deadspin: Who is Sarah Phillips?
One of the more interesting stories I've read in a long time.
Is Sarah Phillips for real? Thirteen months ago, she was an unknown message-board participant at Covers.com, a gambling website. Then Covers plucked her from the boards and gave her a weekly column, sight unseen. Five months after that, she was tapped by Lynn Hoppes, an editor for ESPN.com, to write a weekly column for ESPN's Page 2—once the home of writers like David Halberstam, Ralph Wiley, and Hunter S. Thompson, and which has now been rebranded as ESPN's Playbook. The swiftness of her ascent gave her that weird sort of internet half-celebrity whereby she became moderately famous before anyone really knew who she was.
Or before anyone was sure that she existed at all. In message boards over at Covers and websites like Beyond the Bets, you'll still see questions about things that should be elementary: Is she actually in her 20s? A college student? Does she actually gamble as much as she's claimed? Why doesn't she ever appear on videos or podcasts? Has she harassed people? Is she actually a scammer? Is she really who she says she is?
LONG read, but well worth it.
EDIT - Another individual/site is claming she swindled them in the past as well:
Are there that many dopes willing to give away sites, passwords, and money to people with a pretty blonde as their avatar/profile pic? Sheesh...
EDIT 2 - Apparently 'Sarah Phillips' is also involved with some top 'fake' Twitter accounts.
Last edited by cdj; 05-01-2012 at 11:17 PM.