Scammers use Kartel's name to rip off artistes
Dancehall producer Elvis Redwood is warning local entertainers not to send money to any individual who proclaims him/herself to be Vybz Kartel or a representative of the incarcerated deejay.
According to the producer, unscrupulous persons 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 artistes 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 artiste contacted him, making a query about the payment of Vybz Kartel's lawyer fees.
"The artiste 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 artiste 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. Furthermore, some of the artistes who dem a try scam using Vybz Kartel name, Kartel never even used to speak to those artistes when he was free, suh him nah guh stoop suh low," Elvis said.
targeted by scammers
Redwood is, therefore, encouraging artistes 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 persons 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. Suh artistes, don't give anybody you money on behalf of Vybz Kartel. He doesn't even have a phone so that's absurd ... If anybody add on blackberry messenger under the name Vybz Kartel, delete them," he said.