Apr 23, 2013

Scammers Imitate Vybz Kartel

According to reports in the media recently A DANCEHALL producer is warning entertainers not to send any money to an individual proclaiming to be Vybz Kartel or a representative of the incarcerated deejay.

According to Elvis Redwood, people have been scamming entertainers claiming that they are Vybz Kartel and are requesting large sums of money to contribute to his lawyer fees.

Redwood says at least two recording artists have already received such requests from Vybz Kartel impersonators, however, only one fell victim to the scheme thus far.

"Scammers are contacting people saying that they are Vybz Kartel and they want money. They are contacting artistes and even fans claiming that they need contribution to pay the lawyer fees," he said.

The So Unique Records producer says he was only made aware of the scamming issue when one artist contacted him, making a query about the payment of Vybz Kartel's lawyer fees.

"The artist sent $50,000 at first and then he was to send another $70,000, but he made contact with me first, and that was how the artist discovered that he was being scammed," the producer said.

"I told him straight up that I don't know of that, because Vybz Kartel is a proud person, so there is no way he would be involved in such a thing."

Redwood is encouraging others that may have been targeted by the scammers to report the matter to the police as soon as possible.

The producer also shared a blackberry pin on his Facebook page which he says people should not add because it was being used by the alleged scammers.

"I just want to make it clear that Vybz Kartel's lawyer fees are quite okay and he is not soliciting money from any individual for assistance.

"He doesn't even have a phone so that's absurd ... If anybody add on blackberry messenger under the name Vybz Kartel, delete them."


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