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Boycott Kim K Website

Run By Convicted Con Man

1/20/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian
The man behind BoycottKim.com is a convicted felon with a history of conning people -- and ... SURPRISE!!! ... there are serious questions over whether he's grossly exaggerated the number of people who have signed the petition to rid the world of all things Kardashian.

Frank Basti -- the man behind the movement -- is freshly off parole for a mail fraud conviction.  Basti was nailed for sending notices to 5,000 California car dealerships, telling each of them they owed lots of money to the DMV and this was their final chance to pay ... or else. 

Basti served federal prison time and was on parole until last July. Several months later Basti launched the Kardashian website.

Basti claims roughly 650,000 people have signed his petition.  But according to Compete.com -- a prominent website traffic estimator -- only 24k unique visitors went to the site in December and 20k in November.

Basti tells TMZ it's not a scam and he's counting a previous petition and his Facebook page connected to his Kardashian website to justify the 650,000 number.  He insists he's not making any money off the site

As for why Basti wants to Boycott the Kardashians ... he says he's offended that mainstream media is covering them like a serious news story.

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amyloucarp    

Who cares about his history, it's all about the petition. Typical media, digging up dirt to confuse people. Listen to what Newt said about the media last night in his debate. TMZ you have sunk to a new low and you have lost a viewer. RIP TMZ.

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barnyardhumor    

I'm giving up on TMZ who blatantly promotes the Kardashians. There are so many other good "celebrity news" websites out there that don't.

1007 days ago
93.

Robert    

I really hate the FACT that Harvey and TMZ are in bed with the Kardashians. Harvey and TMZ are just as bad as the Kardashians - THey will do anything to save their cash cows!

1007 days ago
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sarah    

TMZ you seriously have issues!!!! So you say the creator of boycottkim.com is a conman.. how about the celebrity you're supporting? she got famous by a sex tape, she's a gold diger hooker, who has no morals what so over!!! She cashed in tons of money from a fake wedding, she "donates" her clothes, but keeps the money to her self!!! Oh yeah.. if you didn't know.. her so called "charity work" she only gives 10% of all the money made! uhm. .that's the minimum amount... nice way to avoid taxes huh? what a joke she is!! her family as well too!!! all of them have a thirst for money!
Instead of pointing fingers at an honest man, who says the truth about who he really is.. you should point fingers at the whole karTRASHian family.. who are a shame for our society!!!
you suck tmz you really do suck!

1007 days ago
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Dan     

Is'nt it interesting how the Kardashians had no interest in the boycott site until they lost their Barbie deal and their magazine deal this week? Curious huh? Looks like the boycotters are having an effect on the Kardashian PR machine so they have to scramble to make up some more dirt to counter all the negative press they are recieving these days!! Con Man.......get real the Kardashians are the biggest con artists of all. They made 18 million on a fake wedding not to mention all the gifts they kept from the wedding.

1007 days ago
96.

Steve Miller    

I signed it! Screw those no talent skanks

1007 days ago
97.

txcn    

I think the only thing grossly exaggerated is the size of Kim K's *ss. Quite frankly who cares if hes making any money off of his site or not. If the site gets rid of the Kardassians he deserves every cent he may make.

I'm not so sure if sending a bunch of notices to car dealerships trying scam them for money (if he really did) is any worse than sending out a bunch of invitations to a fake wedding for gifts and money, which she really did. That's kind of like pot meet kettle. Good old TMZ is trying to tell us one is better than the other hahaha.

1007 days ago
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WOW...    

LMAO....Who's conning who? sounds like TMZ should look in the mirror, and I am sure the numbers are wrong, it's probably waaaay more! Tmz's blatant attempt to make the fam look good is obvious to all...how much they paying you guys?
birds of a feather....I feel more and more sorry for Kris Humphries....he got conned big time!

1007 days ago
99.

MTG    

I'm sure Kris Jenner paid TMZ to post this article. Kris will do anything to keep her daughter relevant. The fact of the matter is, people are tired of her daughter and the entire family. It doesn't matter if a convicted con-artist is gathering the signatures or not, we're all sick of the Kardashians. Besides, the Kardashians/Jenners are the bigger con artists in theory.

1007 days ago
100.

bagladey    

What difference does it make if he's an ex-con or not? The Kardashians are still a family of frauds and scammers who have made enough money.

1007 days ago
101.

Turtlechelle    

Sooooo TMZ after reading all 128 comments at this point of me writing this (which I HAVE READ them all) do you think you accomplished anything but give more power to boycott Kim Kardashian.com. Kind of sucks when it backfires in your FACE! I'm sure, which I've read in comments, some people didn't even know about the site but thanks to your reporting, they do now. So as a member of boycott KK.com Thanks for getting our cause out there!!!!

1007 days ago
102.

Cran    

GET OVER IT KIM!!! THE WHIP WILL COME DOWN AND YOU WILL BE INVISIBLE TO US....WHO CARES WHO RUNS IT, THE PETITION IS REAL AND I TELL EVERYONE I KNOW TO SIGN IT. WHO CARES WHO SIGNED IN NOV AND DEC....IRRELEVANT. IT IS NOW WAY OVER 650K AND GROWING AND GROWING...WHAT DO YOU THINK NOW KIM?

1007 days ago
103.

ACagliano    

People can change, like, for instance, Basti, the founder of the boycott Kim facebook page. He once was involved in a scam...so what. As they say in the US legal system, where you are innocent until proven guilty, your whole point here, TMZ, is irrelevant to the current issue. This is about the Kardashians snubbing whatever little moral structure American society has left and profiting off of it. You may want to evaluate your own moral compass if you are defending them.

Furthermore, not that Basti owes any explanation, but the facebook "Boycott Kim" page is a non-profit venture, as is everything else relevant to that goal. You see, eliminating this stain from our media is part of our duty to society, at least for those of us who aren't being paid to keep it there.

1007 days ago
104.

TJ    

As people watched "Dynasty" and "Dallas",so do they watch the
Kardashians." Drama,wealth,beautiful women,scandal-it's all there.The perfect formula for success!! This is America's giant soap opera!

1007 days ago
105.

SURFCOWBOY    

ANYTHING KIM K OR KARDASHIAN based isnt news and should be automatically send to the junk box. I think its pretty clear how EVERYONE hates them not out of jealousy but out of hate for stupidity. These morons are making money and im sick of seeing IDIOTS, COMPLETE IDIOTS, pay for these jokesters. They get BOOOOO'd everytime people see their faces, at basketball games, everywhere. The media is giving these talentless HOEBAGS attention, and stores like DASH are nothing more than a "higher" end version of FOREVER 21. ALL of the Kardashians need to be thrown in the bottom of the red sea and never spoken of again. Im so tired of all these TALENTLESS idiots becoming RICH. WHY R THEY RICH, WHY R THEY FAMOUS???????? Sick of reality morons doing nothing, having nothing and getting paid. Ill pay the chick with the 2 vaginas rather than the Kardashian clan.

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