By Jeff Parsons. Tech/Science Reporter
12:49, 12 APR 2018UPDATED14:23, 13 APR 2018.
Adverts for the fake “BitCoin Trader” platform were placed on the BBC and the Guardian.
A fake Bitcoin scam using the stars of Ireland’s Dragon’s Den to dupe victims into parting with their cash has been uncovered.
The scam purports to offer a new way of trading cryptocurrency for the average person – through a platform
called BitCoin Trader.
A webpage advertising BitCoin Trader claims it is the work of two friends who appeared on the Dragon’s Den and got several of the stars interested in investing.
It then asks for readers to invest money in it themselves, with the minimum amount set at £250.
It’s all a scam.
Instead, the cybercriminals behind the scheme will simply take your money and your financial details.
Adverts for BitCoin Trader – featuring fabricated quotes from Irish stars of Dragon’s Den: Gavin Duffy, Eleanor McEvoy, and Eamonn Quinn – appeared on the BBC and the Guardian websites before they were taken down.
“The whole story actually reads very well if it wasn’t completely fake. I know it’s not true but I’d imagine if you’re somebody in the UK you could easily be duped by this.” Gavin Duffy told RTE .
“It is a total scam. I contacted the BBC but trying to get these things down off websites, because it’s a paid for ad by the people behind this scam to give a sort of official veneer,” he said.