A sketchy announcement circulated the internet about the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque, signing an agreement that revolutionizes the country’s economy. Adapting to the technologically-driven world, the Colombian president allegedly opened the door for cryptocurrency to become a legitimate financial asset in the country.
Known as the ‘Bitcoin era,’ the new directive encourages everyone in the country to embrace earning through cryptocurrency, where the income is used to support citizens who are unable to support themselves such as the youth and the retired elderly. Turns out, the announcement was fake.
The Colombian police reminds everyone to be cautious about scams that stem from Bitcoin opportunities. The police sent out a warning to the citizens about sharing of scam websites to social media. After thorough fact-checking by the Cybernetic Police Center, the website is endorsing a Bitcoin investment opportunity that was apparently approved by the president to help the country’s economy thrive during the pandemic.
The news was proven to be nothing more than an attempt for fraud when it was discovered that the featured interview of the apparent CEO of Bitcoin Era was just stolen from a different scam site, Crypto Genius, dated back to around one year ago. The featured photo is also of another person, specifically a Youtuber named Pete Accetturo.
The reviews were also made by fake accounts. The pictures of the apparent users of the site were taken from various sources and just altered the names.
This kind of scam is rampant all over the world. British TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal was also used to pull off another fraud - using him to concoct a “fake interview” about generating an income of millions through Bitcoin. The interview was posted on Facebook.
Other famous names like Hugh Jackman, Gordon Ramsey, and Martin Lewis had filed legal complaints against Facebook back in 2018 for allowing the spread of such misinformation that had their names involved and identities stolen for Bitcoin scams.