Celebrities of all kinds, including major examples like Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Martin Lewis, and Didi Taihuttu, are finding their faces plastered on fake social media ads by scammers who claim that they’re endorsing fake Bitcoin opportunities.
Social media and other platforms are now filled to the brim with fake ads that feature supposed endorsements from Elon Musk and other rich and famous celebrities. They say that there’s a new Bitcoin opportunity that Elon Musk himself stands behind, but in truth, these ads are the work of notorious Bitcoin scams like Bitcoin Era and other copycat scammers.
Even with prices down over the past months, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are miles ahead of where they were just years ago. During that time, so many people have made real fortunes investing, and this left the average investor hopeful of finding their own big break. Scammers understand this line of thinking and try to trick their victims with fake celebrity endorsements for exclusive opportunities. Unfortunately, many of these victims lose hundreds or even thousands of their hard-earned money.
Why Did Scammers Choose Elon Musk for Their Phony Scam Ads?
Anyone who has an investment opportunity from Elon Musk is likely to take it based on the track record of success he’s had with Tesla, SpaceX, and other ventures that have led him to become the world’s richest man. Not only that, but he has a history in crypto with the outrageous success (and sudden collapse) of Dogecoin. Unwary investors are willing to believe fake endorsements from Elon Musk, and scammers use this to their advantage.
When victims see these fake ads, they see a potential get-rich-quick opportunity that’s been endorsed by Elon Musk himself. Afraid to pass up this amazing opportunity, they quickly invest as much as they can. Unfortunately, everything about these opportunities is a lie. They won’t provide you with guaranteed returns, and Elon Musk has nothing to do with them and has recently denounced schemes like the latest Bitcoin 360 AI labeled as a scam by certain review websites.
A Whole Gallery of Famous Faces Used in Fake Bitcoin Scam Ads
While Elon Musk being the world’s richest man has led to him becoming a favorite among these scams, other celebrities associated with wealth and savvy investments are also used. You can find the same kinds of fake celebrity endorsements featuring Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Martin Lewis, and more niche crypto celebrities like Didi Taihuttu. None of these people are actually endorsing these projects. Their names and images are being used in these scams without their consent or approval.
Other Bitcoin Scams You Should Watch Out For
If you see an ad on social media claiming a celebrity endorsement for a Bitcoin opportunity, you can count on it being a scam. However, there are other types of Bitcoin scams to watch out for as well. Don’t take the risk of falling victim to these other common Bitcoin scams:
- Scammers can make fake versions of trusted Bitcoin exchange websites. Never follow links sent in emails or over social media to exchanges because you could find yourself at a fake instead.
- Some cryptocurrency investment opportunities rely on Ponzi schemes or pump-and-dumps to take money from unsuspecting victims. Always research the background of any opportunity.
- Some initial cryptocurrency offerings are actually fake projects. No matter how much they promise, don’t invest unless you can verify their claims.
- You could find yourself with all kinds of viruses and malware that will take over your crypto wallet or steal personal data. Always be wary of visiting websites related to Bitcoin investments.
Preventing Bitcoin Scams From Affecting You and Those Around You
Bitcoin Era and other websites cause countless victims to lose money they were trying to invest for the future. In the UK, financial fraud losses add up to £190 billion each year, according to the National Crime Agency. With such widespread scam activity, you need to follow these steps to protect yourself and those around you:
- Look into the background and people behind any supposed Bitcoin investment opportunity, and check their name against the many scam reporting websites out there.
- Make sure that the company you’re investing with has a real physical address in your country and is registered with the appropriate financial regulators.
- Watch out for claims of guaranteed or instant returns. If something is too good to be true, then it’s usually a lie.
- Understand that every investment carries at least some risk and that anyone telling you otherwise isn’t telling you the whole truth.