Back in April, Ja Rule’s Lord of the Flies-style island disaster the Fyre Festival went viral. A lot of people involved have gotten in a huge amount of trouble. But I’ll admit, duping rich millennials into forking over thousands of dollars for shitty tents and cheese sandwiches was a pretty good scam. I didn’t think anyone would be able to top it too quickly. Wouldn’t you know, less than a year later someone is trying, and their scam is even more simple; just target the ones who fell for the Fyre Festival.
According to Vice News, several Fyre Festival attendees have received emails from a company called NYC VIP Access with some extremely dubious-sounding offers. One exclusive offer was for dinner with LeBron James, another was the 2018 Met Gala. One of the more recent offers (sent last week) was for tickets to the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and afterparty.
NYC VIP Access’ Frank Tribble claimed in the email that a few of VS models gave them their ticket allotment, and they were “excited to offer them to you” for $1500 each. It’s nice that NYC VIP Access didn’t name one of the generous VS models as Bella Hadid, because she just couldn’t handle getting dragged into another scam scandal.
The Victoria’s Secret email set off a couple of alarms because the date and location of the 2018 VS Fashion Show won’t be announced until August 2018. Not to mention that auditions for models don’t typically start until August. Oh, and those $1500 tickets aren’t available for pick up until the day of the show.
Vice News decided to speak to Frank Tribble about his company in an attempt to suss out whether or not it’s as huge a scam as it appears to be. NYC VIP Access has a legitimate-looking website, but the business history is a little murky. Frank tells Vice News that NYC VIP Access was founded 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.” Frank wouldn’t say who these top hip-hop artists were, but that none of them were involved with the Fyre Festival. Oh don’t worry Frank, I don’t think anyone in 2018 is confusing Ja Rule for a “top artist.”
But back to those poor potential rubes who might fall for this VS Fashion Show scam. Some Fyre Festival victims will surely know better, and move those NYC VIP Access emails directly to the trash. But only time will tell if the scam worked on some of them. I guess we’ll have to wait ten months to see if Twitter lights up with rich idiots complaining loudly about forking over $1500 to watch a couple panty-clad models named Victoria stomp around a deserted Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in a pair of coat hanger angel wings.