Prepare yourself. You’re going down an Amico rabbit hole so scummy and unreal, it feels like a parody. 

Look! A rabbit hole.

I fell in.  It took me to this exciting Tweet promising as fantastic investment opportunity:
https://twitter.com/AngelsNetwork_/status/1367550815569924097

Naturally, I ate the cake:
https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/the-startup-investor/this-revenue-sharing-gaming-pioneer-could-be-the-next-nintendo-wii/

I felt small. No details to be found.  Who is “Tom”, and what is such a game changer?
Thirsty, I drank the liquid.  A video!

https://pro.angelsandentrepreneursinfo.com/p/ADFDR2B/WADFX301/

I felt sleepy. 

But what was this very exciting opportunity?  Give me details, you Cheshire cat!

The cat grinned:

And he grinned.  

And grinned more: 

https://purchases.angelsandentrepreneurs.com/ADFDR2B/WADFX301/index.htm

I felt sick. 

Watch the video. It’s 100% late night infomercial. 

EPILOGUE: I ate a cookie and felt large again.

https://www.skepticfiles.org/scam/neil-patel

Tommy is a willing participant.

 I wondered if Patel had spliced videos, but NOPE: TT calls him by name.

Spider-Man assembled his Avengers:

His final, unnamed superhero is the co-founder of XBox and he says liked the project so much that he approached them:

Hmmm … Who could that be?  The way he builds him up, he must be a huge asset. (for the newbies: that would be J Allard, who nope’d out of Tommy’s Intellivision project, as chronicled here – Editor)

“Over 10,000 pre-sales.” Then brags on $100 deposits because they wanted to be sure they were serious orders.

“I don’t lose.” May need to remember that clip for later. 

Prepare yourself. You’re going down an Amico rabbit hole so scummy and unreal, it feels like a parody. 

Look! A rabbit hole.

I fell in.  It took me to this exciting Tweet promising as fantastic investment opportunity:
https://twitter.com/AngelsNetwork_/status/1367550815569924097

Naturally, I ate the cake:
https://angelsandentrepreneurs.com/the-startup-investor/this-revenue-sharing-gaming-pioneer-could-be-the-next-nintendo-wii/

I felt small. No details to be found.  Who is “Tom”, and what is such a game changer?
Thirsty, I drank the liquid.  A video!

https://pro.angelsandentrepreneursinfo.com/p/ADFDR2B/WADFX301/

I felt sleepy. 

But what was this very exciting opportunity?  Give me details, you Cheshire cat!

The cat grinned:

And he grinned.  

And grinned more: 

https://purchases.angelsandentrepreneurs.com/ADFDR2B/WADFX301/index.htm

I felt sick. 

Watch the video. It’s 100% late night infomercial. 

EPILOGUE: I ate a cookie and felt large again.

https://www.skepticfiles.org/scam/neil-patel

Tommy is a willing participant.

 I wondered if Patel had spliced videos, but NOPE: TT calls him by name.

Spider-Man assembled his Avengers:

His final, unnamed superhero is the co-founder of XBox and he says liked the project so much that he approached them:

Hmmm … Who could that be?  The way he builds him up, he must be a huge asset. (for the newbies: that would be J Allard, who nope’d out of Tommy’s Intellivision project, as chronicled here – Editor)

“Over 10,000 pre-sales.” Then brags on $100 deposits because they wanted to be sure they were serious orders.

“I don’t lose.” May need to remember that clip for later. 

According to the reviews left by people investing in the Amico campaign, I see two kinds of people. 

1. Fans of the original Intellivision, family gaming, stuff like that. We’ve probably covered that elsewhere. This isn’t your daddy’s Intellivision, even though some of the old hands are still around. 

2. Get-rich-quick types who think they’re onto something. A whole bunch of them reference Teeka Tiwari of Palm Beach.

This guy seems to have the same readymade rags-to-riches origin story as Tallarico, except instead of “I was homeless until I got discovered wearing a videogame shirt,” Tiwari claims to have learned all about investing from the school of hard knocks. 

Teeka epitomizes the American dream. Growing up in the foster care system in the United Kingdom, Teeka came to the United States at age 16 with just $150 in his pocket and the clothes on his back. By 18, he had become the youngest employee at Lehman Brothers. Two years later, he shattered conventions by becoming the youngest vice president in the history of Shearson Lehman.

In 1998, he made a small fortune going short during the Asian crisis. But then, he “got greedy” (in his own words) and hung on for too long. Within a three-week span, he lost all he had made—and everything else he owned. He was ultimately compelled to file personal bankruptcy.

Two years after losing everything, Teeka rebuilt his wealth in the markets and went on to launch a successful hedge fund. After these events, he developed a newfound appreciation for risk. He made risk management his No. 1 priority. Today, Teeka’s personal mission is to help teach individual investors how to grow their money safely.

Sounds legit, right? Well, look no further than a quick search for “Teeka Tiwari Scam” to find lots of things like this.

Teeka creates an echo chamber of sheep who follow him and see him as a great investor. He leverages those followers for pump and dump schemes, in which 90% of the followers lose their money.

Hence they drop any financial advice as a liability and market their program as a research-only (following some kind of a model comparable to the public portfolio of what they’re buying and selling), they’re able to continue scamming people all over the place.

The handful of reviews provided by $1000-level investors don’t seem to be terribly well informed about this market. Maybe Tommy Tallarico is high on his own supply. Maybe he’s the one being scammed here, or maybe they’re just playing his ego and using him as a useful idiot since he makes a lot of noise and gets a lot of attention. The more I see of this “investment opportunity,” the more it seems like a fool and his money are soon parted.