German fashion designer Philipp Plein is probably feeling the pinch this week, after being scammed out of a reported $900,000 by someone claiming to represent Kanye West, who set up a fake deal for a New York Fashion Week event.
An unnamed individual, said to be a former associate of the G.O.O.D. Music label, reportedly approached Plein with a seven-figure deal for Kanye to perform at his upcoming NYFW show on Monday night.
Though the offer was fake, TMZ reports that Plein was persuaded by Kanye’s forged signature on a contract, and agreed to wire a $900,000 advance to secure the performance.
Alarm bells started to ring when Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to deny the rumour that her husband would be performing at the Philipp Plein NYFW show, saying Kanye will not be doing any fashion events this season.
He’s not performing at any fashion show this season. Just a rumor https://t.co/QcnO1ObEnC
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) February 6, 2019
Philipp Plein has not made a public comment on the situation yet, although it seems fairly likely that he would want to pursue legal action to get his money back.
Weirdly, this is not the first time Kanye’s name has been mixed up in a bizarre scam. As you may recall, back in 2016, pharma bro Martin Shkreli claimed that he paid $15 million in Bitcoin for exclusive rights to the album The Life Of Pablo, only to find that he’d been had.
“SOMEONE NAMED DAQUAN SAID HE WAS KANYES BOY AND I SIGND THE DEAL TO BUY PALBO AND SENT THE BITCOIN,” he said at the time, in a series of frantic Tweets. “CALL THE POLICE THIS IS BULSHIT.”