Young Money star Drake's identity has once again been used to trick hopeful concertgoers into purchasing tickets for a multi-show Pennsylvania show series.
According to reports, scammers posed as Drake and his management team.
A Pennsylvania theater says it's been the victim of a swindle by people posing as managers for rapper Drake. The management at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg says the two shows scheduled for late May were bogus from the start. The theater and a local promoter say they were swindled by individuals posing as Drake's manager, tour manager and even the artist himself. (Billboard)
Additional details claim the fake booking agency originated from Virginia.
Theater president Richard Berkowitz says he began sniffing out the scheme when the Virginia-based booking agency began asking for a cut of the ticket sales. Berkowitz says the matter has been referred to authorities. The theater says a number of other promoters have been victims of similar scams. The theater canceled the non-existent shows Monday and said it would refund the cost of the sold-out tickets. (NBC 4 Local News)
In February 2010, Drake issued a statement regarding fake booking agents.
"It has been brought to my attention that false promoters and booking agents are illegally using my name and likeness to promote concerts and club appearances for their own financial gain. It is frustrating for me to hear that many of my fans, who like myself are innocent victims in these scams, have been misled due to the greed of these promoters. I apologize to any fan that has been a victim of these circumstances or feels let down by false advertising. Please be assured that my team and I take these matters seriously and are actively cooperating with authorities. I cannot thank my fans enough for supporting my music and all that I do." (Statement)
Last August, a $27,000 lawsuit was filed against a man who impersonated Drake's manager.
According to a complaint filed by Eagles Entertainment Inc. the defendant, Joey Turner Jr.impersonated Cortez Bryant to book the Canadian superstar rapper. Turner, who allegedly contacted Eagles Entertainment and misrepresented himself, claimed that he was Cortez Bryant in hopes to book the rapper for an upcoming show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He told Eagle Entertainment that Drake's asking fee was $90,000 and collected a $9,000 deposit, for a show that was supposed to take place September 1st. "In making his statements the defendant knew that the statements and misrepresentations of defendant were in fact false and intentionally fraudulent," the lawsuit reads. (Hip Hop Wired)
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