Chicago man warns others after website selling designer clothes scams him

An LGBTQ advocate says he was scammed by a website claiming to sell designer clothes.

He contacted FOX 32 to get the word out after he says the site took his money but never sent the goods.

“Just making anybody feel good, that's what I'm all about. Positivity,” said Kenneth Harper.

Harper loves two things -- doing makeup and being an advocate.

“I just want to leave a legacy. Basically. You know, dealing with the LGBTQ community,” he said.

And he's been counting down the days until the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday.

“Me and a few friends are also gonna be there with barbeque, celebrate, promote,” Harper said.

He's got the outfit all picked out, down to these shoes -- a fashion collaboration between rapper Swizz Beatz and designer Bally.

“This is where high end meets street wear to make urban,” he said.

Harper saw the shoes in a Facebook ad, which directed him to the site swizzbeatzshop.com. He paid for the shoes last month and waited 2-3 business days for them to ship out. But after weeks went by without an update, he reached back out to the site.

“No response, no anything, no nothing,” he said.

Harper says he's frustrated.

“Now I order off your website, thinking that I'm going to get this fab experience, and you guys rob me, and it's all cupcakes and rainbow slushies,” he said.

FOX 32 reached out to Bally, Swizz Beatz, and the website swizzbeatzshop.com. Our message to the website bounced back, and Swizz Beatz didn't respond.

But Bally confirmed it has no affiliation with the site and can only guarantee authentic products if they're purchased on bally.com or through its official partners.

“I just think it's foul, shady, and a low blow. It just tickles my elbows,” said Harper.

Harper says he'll dispute the charge with his credit card company.

And if you want to avoid getting ripped off, the Better Business Bureau says read a website carefully. The Swizz Beatz site had typos and no physical address listed.

And also read reviews on other sites.

“The reason why I'm really doing this, to bring awareness to the situation, because not only I was a victim, I had friends that were victims, that had the same thing happen to them,” Harper said.

By the way, it appears that swizzworld.com is Swizz Beat's legitimate website.

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