Holly Willoughby: This Morning presenter being used as the face of a cryptocurrency scam05/20/2021
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Holly Willoughby, 40, has been seen on two spurious websites this week, as her image is being used as the face of a cryptocurrency scam. Snaps of her hosting This Morning appeared on the websites alongside fake quotes which suggested the presenter had invested while live on air.
The scam is headlined Brexit Millionaire and tells readers they can trade in Bitcoin markets instantly to make big profits.
The images on the sites were taken from an interview with Akshay Phillips, Britain’s youngest self-made millionaire, who is also innocent and being used for the scam.
One quote falsely attributed to Holly reads: “I’ve heard about many Bitcoin success stories over the past few years but it was always too complicated for me to understand.”
The advert also falsely suggests Holly made £60 after investing £250.
Speaking out on the situation, a source said: “Holly has nothing to do with this scurrilous scheme and it’s dreadful that con artists think they can scam innocent people out of cash using tactics like this.
“The website looks completely convincing and it is not surprising people think it could be legitimate,” they added to The Sun.
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Holly for comment.
It comes after Holly’s ITV co-star Martin Lewis sued Facebook in 2018 over the number of scam websites using his brand.
Facebook settled with the Money Saving Expert founder in 2019 and agreed to donate £3million to an online anti-scam charity.
The social media platform also launched a button for users to report scam ads on the site.
Back in September last year, Martin issued a warning to his fans on Twitter after spotting another scam mentioning his name.
The scam attempted to sell an “unbeatable” investment.
The This Morning regular branded those behind it as “scum” at the time.
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Martin tweeted: “WARNING: A host of tweets this weekend, by various accounts, purport to talk about an unbeatable investment I’m recommending.
“These are not true.”
He continued: “They are dirty scam scum trying to rip off the vulnerable.
“PLS SHARE & REPORT ALL TO TWITTER. I will contact @TwitterMktgUK as well.”
Elsewhere, Holly suffered a huge on-air gaffe this week.
The star collapsed in hysterics on This Morning, after she found out something new about growing vegetables – that she was doing it wrong.
Holly shared her belief that corn on the cobs grow from the ground like carrots.
After revealing her tomatoes had already died this year, she was left speechless when she found out she had made a huge mistake regarding her corns.
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