A flyer advertising a concert by New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine at Arizona Mills on Saturday is a hoax, Tempe police said.
The fake flyer shows the tattooed, rainbow-haired musician next to logos for Arizona Mills, T-Mobile and 101.1 The Beat radio station. It lists the concert as 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in the food court, with free photos and autographs.
Arizona Mills officials learned of the prank after people brought the flyers to guest services asking if the concert was real, mall spokeswoman Munira Smith said.
Tempe police talked with the radio station to confirm the concert was not scheduled and posted a warning to fans on Twitter.
“We learned that none of these entities promoted this event at AZ Mills Mall and that the dissemination of the flyers was a hoax,” Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Ron Elcock said by email. “Our goal was to advise the public that this event was not taking place.”
Police do not know who started the flyer, Elcock said.
Some fans on social media haven’t received the message.
If fans show up on Saturday, Smith said the mall will turn it into a business opportunity.
“We will politely let them know there is not a concert happening, but we would love them to spend time and shop because we have a great Labor Day sale going on,” she said.
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