Untruth

Perhaps the syndicated game show “To Tell The Truth” – which presents a guest along with two imposters and challenges panelists to guess the real one – should have expected media hoaxer Joey Skaggs to be less than truthful when he was invited to appear as a guest. He made the show his latest victim last Friday by sending an imposter in his place. Skaggs has gotten publicity as the proprietor of such unlikely businesses as a cathouse for dogs and a “fat squad” which forcibly restrains overeaters. He usually scams legit media on ridiculous-sounding stories to make them more skeptical on serious ones. But he said he couldn’t pass up the chance to dupe the famed gameshow. “One of my dream hoaxes,” he said. Producers, who read about Skaggs in a recent New York Times profile, asked him to send proof of identity before they’d let him appear. He sent an “Entertainment Tonight” report on hoaxers in which he was featured. Unfortunately, Skaggs had scammed “ET” by sending the same imposter. The show didn’t return calls.

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