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Someone's trying to scam Fyre Fest attendees with fake Taylor Swift meet-and-greets

The offer was just one of a dozen-odd deals sent since December to attendees of the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

by Gabrielle Bluestone
Jan 24 2018, 8:00pm

Yet another email scam targeting Fyre Festival attendees has come to light, this one involving Taylor Swift.

On Jan. 2, a Frank Tribble from NYC VIP Access sent out an email, obtained by VICE News, to recipients including attendees of the ill-fated Fyre Festival. The email contained offers to purchase backstage passes to meet artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Pink, Demi Lovato, and DJ Khaled.

Read more: Fyre Festival attendees worry they're getting scammed again

The offer was just one of a dozen-odd deals sent since December to attendees of the Fyre Festival, the two-day concert festival that imploded last spring, with at least six Fyre Fest attendees saying they were inundated with them. And like the lavish celebrity-studded festival that ultimately wasn’t, the offers all appear too good to be true.

“We want to one-up your New Year’s Resolutions by making your dreams become a reality. We understand that sometimes it takes meeting a special person to take your life to the next level,” the email read, with Tribble’s name and number at the bottom. “To make this happen, we arranged backstage ( meet and hang with the artist) access… Backstage passes are $475pp and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Reps for the artists listed in the email did not return requests for comments.

But although the email specifically references a Taylor Swift show at MetLife Stadium on July 7, Swift has never sold or auctioned backstage passes, and the only way for fans to meet her is if they are plucked from the audience or contacted by Swift or her team online. And even the most expensive VIP packages offered for Swift tours do not come with meet-and-greet options.

A source familiar with MetLife’s booking also says the venue has no authority to sell passes, which are made available only by Swift and her team.

The emails have since stopped after VICE News published a story about the company Tuesday, one recipient, Seth Crossno said. NYC VIP Access has a scant digital record — it has one website that, according to WhoIs records, was created in November, 2017, and is not registered with the New York State Corporation and Business Entity Database. Though Tribble says the company was created by “a couple hip-hop managers and their artists, top artists that have all combined and taken their connections and kind of all came together to see what they could do,” his is the only name publicly connected to the company thus far.

Nor is it the first offer made by Tribble to be identified as a fraud — the organizers behind Burning Man say a separate offer from Tribble offering discounted Burning Man tickets are also a scam.

Read more: Burning Man warns Fyre Festival attendees about fake ticket scam

“Burning Man has not started selling tickets yet. We warn people extensively to only buy tickets directly from Burning Man or from trusted sources. This isn't fraud directed at us, but rather at the individuals who are duped into purchasing the ‘tickets,’” Burning Man communications manager Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley said in an email Tuesday.

Tribble did not respond to repeated requests for comment.