According to British tabloid Daily Mirror, cryptocurrency scammers are faking the football star’s endorsement as well that of veteran broadcaster Jonathan Ross to shill fraudulent crypto investment schemes. The fabricated endorsements have infected social media platforms across the web.
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One of the social media posts shows a photo of Ronaldo alongside Ross accompanied by the following caption:
“This is why all his fans will always love him unconditionally… He Opens The Gates To Wealth To All His Fans In The UK.”
The post contains the web address of an alleged lifestyle publication. Clicking on it directs one to a compromised website, BitcoinTrader, which contains the fabricated investment pitch [screenshot].
To raise credibility, the layout and color scheme of the website containing the investment pitch resembles that of the Daily Mirror.