Local celebrities including Leanne Manas and Steve Hofmeyr have become victim to ‘bitcoin scams’ that falsely advertise their affiliation with cryptocurrency companies and scams.
According to a recent post on Steve Hofmeyr’s Facebook page, the singer-songwriter has been bombarded with complaints about advertisements using his name. The post says, ‘It’s all a sham and a scam. Look at what they’re doing to Ernst Roets, Karen Zoid and Karlien [van Jaarsveld].’
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The post goes on to call out the fraudsters, who have reportedly been advertising cryptocurrency deals with which celebrities have no affiliation.
Here’s more about currency scams, and why you shouldn’t trust that supposed ‘celeb’ endorsement at first look.
Local celebs including Leanne Manas and Steve Hofmeyr have become victim to ‘bitcoin scams’ that falsely advertise their affiliation with cryptocurrency companies and scams.
In one Facebook post, singer-songwriter Steve Hofmeyr calls out a company advertising an affiliation with the singer that simply doesn’t exist.
The post says, ‘It’s open season on celebrities and still people are falling for it.’
Hofmeyr goes on to point to false advertising as fraudulent, and says that he would have it charged ‘if there were police’ to do it.
He’s not the only famous person in South Africa to be affected by this type of scam. Deepfakes of celebrities like Leanne Manas have been surfacing on the internet, prompting several public figures to distance themselves from reported ‘investment’ and endorsement deals.
If you see a celebrity ‘endorsement’ for any product, think twice and make sure.
The Australian government has recently issued a warning about celebrity ‘endorsed’ bitcoin ads, which could turn out to be scams instead.
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These scams aren’t just common in South Africa, but could affect international public figures – and of course, the public who believes they might be clicking on a real ad or product.
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Cryptocurrency and weight loss are some of the popular areas where these ‘famous people’ scams have popped up.
Scams can use the names and pictures of famous people, without an actual endorsement (or deal) with the person whose details the scammer is using.
If you see an advertisement for any product or service connected to a famous face, check on their official pages or websites. No sign of the deal there? Then it could be a scam that’s not worth anyone’s hard-earned cash.
Reports of fraud, scams, or criminal activity can be made directly to Crimestop at the link, or by using the following number: +27 86 001 0111