Reminder, Images Of New Zealand’s Ex-PM Used For Fake Bitcoin Promotion
A fake news site has allegedly used images of former Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key to promoting crypto-currency. The advertisement was designed for a company called Crypto Revolt.
The most recent article, which appeared on social media in recent days, includes an image of the former New Zealand PM and falsely claims he’s invested $500,000 in a cryptocurrency opportunity that will “earn thousands of dollars daily”.
Major New Zealand media outlet, stuff.co.nz, has also been caught up in the scam. The fake news article imitates the respected website’s ‘BusinessDay’ page.
It's not the first time John Key has had his image stolen to promote bitcoin. His picture was used for ads on Facebook and Twitter in late 2017 that pointed readers to a real-looking NZ Herald website.
Then, Key was quoted as saying “I purchased a mere $1000 and followed the bitcoin loophole system, and now seven years later my $1000 investment is worth $300 million. It's funny to think how that $1000 has grown to become my biggest asset.”
Earlier, in October the PM's office came to know about a series of Facebook ads that included pictures of the current PM of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. This time the fake page was created as a copy of CNN news article and it claimed that the country had invested “half” of its wealth in “the Bitcoin revolution“. However, those ads were later removed.
The shady publication has a history of falsely claiming New Zealand celebrities are using its ‘platform’. Two months ago, a similar article was circulated on social media which included a fake interview with Kiwi rugby star Sonny Bill Williams about his wife making a fortune from Crpyto Revolt.