‘Most Hated Man In America’, Martin Shkreli Pranks World Media Into Believing He Lost $15Million

Martin Shkreli, 32, who is the most hated man in America says he lost fifteen-million-dollars (over three-billion naira) on fake online scam for rights to Kanye West’s new album, ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

As it turns out, it’s all a hoax. And the best part, all the news giants around the world ran the story to Martin’s amusement.

Martin who was probably bored on Valentine’s day took to social media to Tweet about how he lost fifteen million dollars on rights to Kanye’s new album.

The thing is, he had earlier tweeted on his intent to buy out the ‘TLOP’ album at ten-million dollars from Kanye; only to return on Valentine’s day with an “I got scammed off fifteen-million dollars”.

Last week, he began by tweeting:

aiyo @kanyewest last minute can i buy your album out so it dont get released publicly

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016

Followed by his offer letter

Here is my initial offer for the album. @kanyewest Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to your response pic.twitter.com/opJ7mlfraK

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016

Kanye did not reply Martin, at which Shkreli tweets again:

Kanye and his label are legally required to take my offer letter to their Board of Directors. This should delay the album by a few days.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 11, 2016

After his Kanye West’s ‘album offer’ went around news media, Shkreli tweets:

Lots of articles about the $10m West offer, but none when I gave a number of failing punk rock bands a new lease on life with $50,000.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 12, 2016

Then on Valentine’s day Shkreli retweets Kanye’s in-debt tweet after Kanye still refused to respond:

I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016

Shkreli did not give up, he kept tweeting:

License to this song pre-approved by Shkreli.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

He later comes back to tweet on how he has gotten across to Yeezy and how he (Shkreli) has instructed him (Kanye) to play only the leaked album.

Texted Ye that he only allowed to play the leaked half of the album

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

Then he goes off with:

WHO THE FUCK HAS MY FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS ?????????????????????????????????????

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

Why pay fifteen-million dollars in a scam when you were already closing a ten-million dollar deal with Kanye, directly? Like how dumb does Shkreli think everyone is?

I NEED MY MONEY BACK THIS ISNT A FUCKING JOKE WTF

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

SOMEONE NAMED DAQUAN SAID HE WAS KANYES BOY AND I SIGND THE DEAL TO BUY PALBO AND SENT THE BITCOIN. CALL THE POLICE THIS IS BULSHIT

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

I hope you all enjoy this stupid music SO much and the fact it has brought me so much pain and suffering. I quit rap.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

And second of all I can make the money back faster than anyone so the joke is on YOU if you think I even care.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

Also, idiots, I’ve gotten in touch with Sitoshi (Bitcoin’s creator) and he’s agreed to help me get my money back. I always win.

— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 14, 2016

Martin claims someone named Daquan contacted him under pretense of representing Kanye West and offered to sell him the rights to West’s new album, ‘The Life of Pablo’.

Going further with the claims, Shkreli tweeted on how he had paid the money via Bitcoin only to find out it was a scam and begged Tweethearts to ‘call the police’.

Like, if you really lost $15 Million, you would come on twitter to ‘call the police’?

If the tweets are anything to go by, then no one really cares if Shkreli lost any money at all, as a matter of fact, millions will be excited if he did since he is the reason life-saving HIV drugs are crazy expensive.

@MartinShkreli I don’t think this is real but… You don’t get bitcoins back, that’s why people use bitcoin

— Mike | Lyric (@Hey_Im_Mike) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli pic.twitter.com/8txqaVn3B4

— ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ (@CraziBoi94) February 14, 2016

The final lie catcher is, transactions on Bitcoin are publicly searchable and Martin Shkreli was obviously yanking someone’s chain as no transaction occurred around that time.

Plus, ‘Sitoshi’ is probably a made up name as the owner of Bitcoin is actually the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. Who is Sitoshi, then?

According to NewMatilda.com, media houses who ran with the churn include:

Internationally, RT.com ran with the yarn – a disappointing development, given it’s generally one of the more reliable sources from the US. And here’s Sky News’ coverage in the UK. And the HuffPost.

And the Daily Mail, of course, which is to Churnalism as Donald Trump is to over-statement… prolific. And here’s the UK Independent. The UK Standard. The Inquisitr. Mother Jones. And the ironically named FACT Magazine.

All running the same false story.

@MartinShkreli @spreecast this was all pathetic plot to launch a new scam…. #really

— Nahjee Sowah (@Nahjmuhal) February 14, 2016

@Nahjmuhal @MartinShkreli @spreecast exactly. Fuck Shkreli and weak-ass Spreecast.

— Lizzie Boredom (@LizzzieBoredom) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli @spreecast America wouldn’t put you out if you were on fire let alone help you get that $. If you died America would cheer

— Josh Billingsley (@jbills83) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli Daquan if you’re out there reading this you the real mvp

— Kanye’s Co-worker (@_Zorah) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli this is so fake… Anyone who believes this is a moron.

— Dave Gaudet (@DavidGaudet) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli you’re lying bro, why

— Bacon Strip (@m_stibo) February 14, 2016

@MartinShkreli why would anyone ever want to help you

— JutsBoomont (@GnosticBeaumont) February 14, 2016

As a matter of fact, last year, Martin who claims to love rap claims he paid $2 million dollars on rap group Wu-Tang Clan’s final album; his reason being (a) loves rap and (b) believes people should support the arts more.

Martin is a controversial pharmaceutical boss who was arrested last December following his action, which saw an over 5000 percent increase in life-saving HIV drug. An act which made it impossible for poor HIV sufferers to purchase the drug.

His popularity came after he bought the rights to the HIV-drug called Daraprim for £35.5m then changed the price of each pill from £8.70 per tablet to £484.

With his new prank, even his Twitter followers know it’s a hoax. The problem is, the news about “Martin Shkreli loses fifteen-million dollars to fake Kanye West Album” has already been saturated around the world with all the top media houses spreading it on their platforms, much to Shkreli’s amusement.

Shkreli is reported as being a very calm man who never gets unruffled despite always being haunted negatively by media.

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