Until now that is.
He’s a conman, fraudster and a thief.
I’ve been informed by the TIPLINE recently that Peter Vandever has been challenged over photography plagiarism, stealing many dozens of photos from Philippino photographer Thomas Tham, trying to hock them off and claiming that he actually did – for $10k.
As a self-professing commercial photographer himself, this is THE worst crime a professional photographer could commit – stealing from his colleagues and attempting to profit from their work, pretending that it was his.
Plagiarism for pecuniary gain; theft, plain and simple.
Discussion of this criminal conduct can be seen on Philppino Facebook Pages. My only sadness is that the victim appears not to want to take action* and Peter appears to be ‘moving on” from his current location (yet again) so could possibly have escaped criminal justice anyway.
As I said, to date I have erred on the side of caution but I state it clearly now, Peter Vandever is an unrepentant conman and a thief.
This message is now for Peter:
Peter Vandever, after following you for more than three years I will now say this about you directly (I would do it in person if I could), you are a thief, a liar and a conman masquerading as a Christian Missionary.
You are nothing of the sort, but instead ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’.
Your continued crooked conduct and total lack of remorse shows me that not only are you a devious unrepentant fraudster, but that you have certainly justified your listing on my Hall of Shame. So help me God!
Your cynical self-delusions of grandeur and aggressive conduct shows me and the rest of the world that you are not ‘playing with a full stack of cards’.
Sir, you constantly claim to be the victim of a witch-hunt. That is correct. My blog post “The Other side of Peter Vandever receives a lot of hits and the entire world will likely be hunting you down to reveal your immoral conduct, especially after this post gains web traction.
I will remain active in documenting your activities as reported to me via the TIPLINE as long as you continue to pass yourself off as someone who you are not.
I know that you will fight me and argue and try to justify your conduct. You will probably think that I will give up eventually and go away and that you’ll be able to live a happy life doing what you think God wants you to do with accountability to only your warped mind. That would be a mistake!
Conman Daniel Evans found out the hard way that this is not good thinking when I tracked him down to South Africa after following him for some twelve years. The Ormita Report effectively closed down his international scam inside weeks.
My parents are well over eighty years old and still going strong. I’m nowhere near sixty so that probably gives me another couple of dozen years by my reckoning to keep receiving tips and sharing them with the world, as usual with my brutally honest and direct commentary.
You sir, have met your match and I herewith call you to account.
This message is for people who have been caught in Peter’s web of deceit and are considering their options. It’s simple . . .
- Get as far away from him as possible,
- Expose his conduct publicly (for this will both inform and potentially protect the public), and
- Sue, for this will bring his crimes into the public record.
As always I am happy to update this website as new verifiable information comes to hand.
Now, some questions . . . at http://petervandever.com/2015/02/leaving-asia-the-plan-forward/ we read Peter’s plan to move to the Caribbean, nothing to do with any Christian calling BTW!
He needs money and has to work photography business – great.
But where did the image come from that he used? Was it stolen too?
Oops, yes it was!
This is called a “pattern of behaviour” something that investigators pick up on early in the piece. Steal once – steal twice – or as the say in French “Qui vole un œuf vole un bœuf” [œuf and bœuf rhyme, if you really want to know]. “He who steals an egg will steal an ox.”
More on this in a minute.
Peter is off – yet again
Here’s his post with my comments and questions to him interspersed:
Leaving Asia (the plan forward)
by Peter Vandever
I am burned out. Period. I have had my fill of the Philippines, crap and pretty much Asia in general. Top that with NO support for ministry and it is time to say “so long, Asia.”
Burnout comes from doing things our own way Peter, in our own strength, but what a sad, sad story here. The problem is that the same story repeated when moving away from the USA churches when you rebelled, and to Samoa, and to American Samoa and Fiji and the Philippines. Peter you are not a missionary following God’s leading. You may THINK that but reality speaks here. You’re a user of others and live in a different world from the rest of us. They’ve got the better of you and want rid of you. Just like many others did before.
I have been slowly loving my desire to be in Asia for the last year but really couldn’t pin point where to go and what to do. I knew I wanted to do something with ministry and it was not in Asia. Sri Lanka, back to Fiji, Africa and the Caribbean was all on the table. I just struggled with where to go.
That’s right Peter . . . you struggle. Let me tell you that your wanting “to do something with ministry” is exactly your problem. It is all about YOU. You can use others for your own benefit Peter, but not God. Missionaries generally tend to hear His voice calling them, and then with fear and trembling obey Him. Not you! You reverse the entire process and make it all about you.
Last Friday, it was the straw that broken the camel’s back. I had all my camera gear, prints, head phones, etc all stolen from me. In a weird twist of events, one of my camera ended up in a legal case and it is not in my hands again. The whole event put me over the top with the cultural and societal problems here.
A photograph thief has his camera stolen? How ironic and how often does this sort of thing happen? I guess there is a God after all!
Where am I heading and why?
I am planning to head to the Caribbean. I really believe I can do some good there. The people in the Caribbean are fine art minded as I am. I also like the idea that I am a short flight back to the United States. I do not like being half a day ahead of the rest of America.
I’m sure there are millions of others out there Peter, who would love to go to the Caribbean too. Most of them will go there to enjoy it and will agree with you that it’s an easy place to get to from the USA. Most of them however will be happy to pay for their experience out of their own pocket not try to bludge off the Christian community to do what THEY want to do.
Another reason is because I have no one that supports me or believes in the ministry anymore, I have to raise 100% of the ministry budget. I can do that easier in the Caribbeans from weddings. If all else fails, I can fly up for shoots in Miami.
This is probably one of the shining lights of my entire engagement with you Peter that after three years, Google’s incredible search engine powers have helped MANY people previously hoodwinked by your lies and self-delusion to see the other side of Peter Vandever. All I can say to this news is, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!” There is a God after all and He even wants us to be accountable for our actions. The world can also thank me (and others of course) for having the b*lls to take you and your craziness on – head-on.
I believe Kingston, Jamaica or Nassau, Bahamas will be base. No resorts…. living and dwelling among the locals.
Sounds great! When the locals there work you out (and they will) and when the Christian community there start to question your integrity (and they will) and when they Google “Peter Vandever” and find my Hall of Shame with you listed (and they will) and when they come to me with their stories of your crooked self-seeking conduct (and they will) then rest assured that I WILL update this post and continue to tell the world the truth about you.
Moving forward now
Now, that I have a “where,” it makes moving forward much easier. I realize that leaving the Philippines, flying back to the mainland, and a few other things I need to get done will not be cheap.
The Christian walk Peter is about “Who” not “where”. When you walk with Him you are in obedience to Him – you submit to His wishes and desires. That’s called picking up your cross, Peter and it’s sometimes hard and you have to pay for it. If it doesn’t hurt then it’s not a cross eh? It’s simply not about you or how cheap it is or otherwise.
Travel alone is going to be around $850. Add all the stuff that involved with leaving and I am looking at around $2,000.
I pray that before you get your benefit money and push it all out to travel that you consider the people whom you have wronged. Why not go to them, apologise and offer it to them – before you try to escape your current predicament to another Paradise?
This also comes to the point that if I am going to try and use photography as a way to support missions, I need to upgrade it. All in all, I can easily make this happen through a few website projects!
That’s right and that’s the best thing you can do – work for a living. To any prospective client of Peter Vandever, I suggest that you consider the possibility that the character of a person is reflected in their business conduct. I will not knock another person in my own profession unless I really have to but based on what some of Peter’s past clients have said to me, you would be wise to make small progress payments as work is completed; know what you want and be prepared for an interesting experience.
In other news, I am wearing size 38 again for the first time in several years.
Good one – whatever the significance of this is.
Peter on Peter
On Peter’s About Peter page he talks about himself. Having the proof now that Peter Vandever is a thief, and having called him for who he really is, I post his self-serving propaganda and make commetary:
I am Peter. I live my life in the open. There are some blogs that make all the fuss about things that don’t matter. Get Real Philippines is one of those. They live in the dark corners behind made up names. They are digital hitmen.
Don’t forget me Peter, please don’t forget me! I’m a digital hit-man too, even though I’m only a single me!
I choose to live my life in the open and post everything with my name and my pictures everywhere. I have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Peter, you have stolen photographs from other people; you have used their work and passed it off as your own and tried to hide the crimes. You now have the eyes of the world turned upon you where ever you go knowing that simply typing in the name Peter Vandever into any Search Engine will reveal this truth. You may not fear anything but fear but, I posit, you should be fearing the Truth.
As a thinker, I am worried about where we are heading. What you sow, you will reap. You goes in your head is what will come out.
Your ego has caused you to fall. Your thinking has been corrupted by pride and a warped mind. What has come out of your head is to the many people who come to me with their problems most definitely a source of worry – for you and the people around the planet who will likely engage with you.
I am a thinker. One of the core values I learned at Oral Roberts was to think. The word repent in the New Testament means to “change your mind to change your life.” In order to change your mind, you have to start to think differently.
I concur. However if your mind is faulty; struggles with pride or lacks a strong sense of reality, the rest of the world will trash you as a nutcase and a man not worthy of the time of day. A “change [in] your mind” would be a very welcome respite to the trouble that you cause yourself and others you engage with.
I am a student. I am always seeking deeper understanding to life. My kindle is full of people like Soren Kierkegaard, CS Lewis, and even some Thomas Aquinos. It is important to always be in the position of learning.
Agreed. Now leave the big people and learn from me . . . I’m a lot smarter than you and I’m totally dedicated to the truth as a concept AND the Truth as a person, whereas you, Peter are on REAL shaky ground. You’ve messed up big-time. Because you won’t accept counsel you must take the consequences. Learn from me Peter, “You have trouble up top” and need help. Humble yourself like your mentor C.S.Lewis did and you may grow from the experience. Push on with your lunacy and you’ll create a hell-hole on earth for yourself and your options are closing in around you as we speak. If it wasn’t for the good-ness of heart of the Christian brother you ripped off, you would be inside a Philippino jail.
I am a photographer. I think about how things come together. I understand the ideal of composition, light and contrast. All of these apply to how I view life in the Philippines. How does one thing come to change another? Does this bring out that? You can also see my work here.
I can’t at the moment because your website has been hacked. May I suggest that there are some very angry people out there and that your arrogance and conduct is the reason for their anger?
I am an American. Let’s get this clear really quickly. I am an American and I live American. I do not become a wimp and get all emphatic just because I am from the United States. I do not live my life with “white man guilt.”
That’s very clear from your writings and your conduct. I know it’s not pretty but perhaps you should live your life with the knowledge of who you REALLY are – a thief.
I finish this post with a question. It is as clear as daylight that Peter Vandever stole images from Thomas Tham, then passed them off as his own, attempting to gain personally, and then tried to hide the crime. So where then does Peter Vandever get the rest of the images he uses on his website? Were they too stolen?
Any other stolen images?
Peter is in Philippines yet there is one amazing photo about Jamaica. It was originally posted as part of a collection of images at Urban Jamaica Images. Here is the original location of the high resolution image.
There are many ways to identify the source of any image – Google Image Search is an easy one, TinEye is another, searching for the actual image name if the plagiarist hasn’t changed it is another. Right-click any image for some options. Most thieves are lazy (even IT savvy ones like Peter) and can’t be bothered with details like covering their tracks. They are just greedy, grab the image and use it.
In this instance however Peter has been a little tricky behind the scenes. He’s done this . . . he’s direct hot-linked the image!
This is incredible stupidity! Apart from effectively stealing “on the fly” which shows the crime in progress, it exposes one to obnoxious treatment in reverse . . . for example in the early days of the Internet when we dealt with lazy image thieves we used to advise people to alter the original image and let the world know about the “new” image location. Some lovely examples were along the lines of “This image was stolen by [thief name]” and some even went a lot further with full-on offensive pornography. One contact to the original owner of this image in the Caribbean and they could have a lot of fun at Peter’s expense!
Imagine if the victims of this digital skullduggery decided to take matters into their own hands. Could they arrange a Caribbean-style welcome at the airport when Peter arrived?
Now of course thieves do not attribute the images they steal – that’s the job of investigators like me though . . . I found the original image inside two seconds. I simply did a Google Search for “Jamaica-Trenchtown-U10424.jpg” and located it right away. In my results there is the original, a link from two collections and – what do you know – Peter Vandever.com but Google has crossed the image off saying “image missing”. That’s an alarm bell to an investigator. It’s missing of course because it’s a hot-linked (stolen) image.
But the story is even crazier because the original owner of the image DID NOT and DOES NOT want it copied, so,as you can see here, they watermarked the image with their stake of claim. This photograph is not only COPYRIGHT URBANVILLAGEIMAGES it is clearly watermarked as a copyright work and displayed on Peter’s website!!!
So that’s two separate thefts confirmed – one by the original photographer of who knows how many pass-offs – a Christian brother; a professional in the same country; and then a refusal to apologise, a hurried removal and cover-up of the crime and now a theft by way of hot-link to a photograph image business that clearly doesn’t want their work stolen but Peter has done, in a tricky, technical savvy manner, most likely so that he can say that he never actually stole it, he just linked to it! Try that one on Getty Images Peter and you’ll be paying a lot more than your airfare out of trouble to get out of trouble with them!
But no . . . this is all just the start! Take this image from the same page (all these posts recent ones BTW) and do a search for it yourself. Here’s the link to make it easy for you: Search Google for face-off-pacquiao-vs-bradley.jpg. It’s stolen from some pretty big boys in the global digital space. Not wise methinks!
And more? How about this one from www.history.com, for realtime exposure of hot-linking!
There will be more thefts I’m sure. Someone else could easily go deeper and I’ll update the world in due course.
What’s Your Bet?
Most cockroaches scurry away when the light comes on. Anyone want a bet what this Christian Missionary will be doing now? My bet that Peter will remove all these images now, and nothing more will be said, except that he will probably pull out the “I’m a victim” victimisation line. If this is the case then I’ll agree with him on this – he is a victim – of his own making.
“Place your bets ladies and gentlemen . . . ”
* This is validation by way of an email interchange with Thomas Tham. I’ve removed his personal details at his request.
I have been advised that your photography has been stolen by Peter Vandever
I see this is confirmed with this screenshot:
Can you please validate this claim for me?
If this is correct then I will update my post appropriately
I believe that Peter has every right to act as he wishes as long as he lives. We too though have every right to share that conduct with the world.
In regards to Christian forgiveness it is my belief that we should honour God by forgiving but also by speaking the truth, especially when there is injustice that can and will continue if nobody speaks out.
I take on that role.
Dennis A. Smith – www.dennis.co.nz – My digital home
Yes I can confirm that Peter has indeed stolen many of my images and in separate comments he even claimed that he has sold them and about to walk away with USD10,000 from an art exhibition in Kansas city. I am not sure how true is that until it could be validated.
I believe in doing what is right for our Lord but I would not waste too much time in dealing with distraction on Peter’s wrongdoings. I am really grateful if the internet community could help to expose, warn and take appropriate actions.
> Yes I can confirm that Peter has indeed stolen many of my images and in separate comments he even claimed that he has sold them and about to walk away with USD10,000 from an art exhibition in Kansas city. I am not sure how true is that until it could be validated.
Thanks Thomas. I will proceed with a new post now
> I believe in doing what is right for our Lord but I would not waste too much time in dealing with distraction on Peter’s wrongdoings. I am really grateful if the internet community could help to expose, warn and take appropriate actions.
OK The post will be direct, specific, quote you in full and provide the evidence. I will also post commentary. It is my belief that he has psychiatric issues.
Thanks for confirming – blessings to you
- The Other Side of Peter Vandever - the orginal post of 2011 exposing Peter's deception. Peter's conduct ensured that it became my number one viewed page alongside of my public warning about Ormita
- Peter Vandever, now outed as a thief - 19 March 2015 The first of a series exposing immoral conduct
- Peter Vandever, Outing the Plagiarist - 22 March 2015 The second post
- Peter Vandever, Unravelling a Mass Plagiarist - 26 March 2015 The evidence builds
- Peter Vandever, Plagiarist, The Evidence - 27 march 2015 The Evidence in gory detail
- Peter Vandever Responds: F*ck Off! - 4 April 2015 A single finger salute sums it all up
- Peter Vandever – FACEBOOK WARNING - Page for distribution to Facebook participants