What has happened
The adverts using these individuals to promote cryptocurrency investments and falsely make schemes seem real can be found on social media and other websites.
Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where their images are presented along with fake quotes recommending investments with the fraudulent company in cryptocurrencies.
What you need to do
- don’t assume it’s authentic: professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t prove that an investment opportunity is genuine - criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate
- don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot
- always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true
- stay in control: avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls
- if you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser
- never use an adviser from a company that has contacted you, as this may be part of the scam