Celebrity status’ stolen in Cryptocurrency scams

Hi there

There’s an interesting scam taking place overseas that we thought you’d like to hear about. We’ve all heard about impersonation scams, but this one involves Cryptocurrency!

City of London Police have published a warning about current scams where fraudsters are using the names of well-known celebrities to reel people into false investments. They use these fake personas such as Deborah Meaden from BBC’s well-known ‘Dragons Den’ to promote fraudulent Cryptocurrency websites. These websites encourage people to make investments in the company with Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. The pages also encourage you to enter your personal details, so that someone can contact you and persuade you to invest.

Top tips to remember:

  1. Don’t assume the website is genuine, just because it’s ‘supposedly’ endorsed by someone famous that doesn’t mean it’s the real deal.
  2. Don’t be pressured or feel rushed into making a decision. Genuine Banks and Financial Institutions will never make you feel rushed or force you into making a quick decision. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  3. Remember that you are in control. Stay away from investments offered to you via cold call. Always do your research and before making an investment consider advice from your Bank or a trusted Financial Adviser.

To read more about these sneaky scams you can visit the City of London website here.
If you’re concerned that you may have been caught up in a scam similar to this or otherwise, you should contact BNZ immediately on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.

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They’ll try anything …


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