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Image of former NZ PM John Key Used in Crypto Article on Fake Site

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The image of the former Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key was reportedly used by a fake news site that published a crypto article.

This was reported on by local media outlet Stuff.

The ad endorsed Bitcoin (BTC) and a firm called “Crypto Revolt,” which is supposedly a cloned scam site. The advertisement reproduces a Stuff business news page and “purports to interview John Key on his enthusiasm for Bitcoin.”

In addition, taking the place of the news outlet’s logo is an “NZ Times” logo, and all the links lead to Crypto Revolt’s website. A source that came upon the ad proposed that the web address was skeptical and that the firm itself could have been compromised.

It was already reported that Key had denied speculations that he had invested in the popular cryptocurrency. The claim that Keys was a Bitcoin investor was said to come came from yet another illicit website, the link to which spread through social media.

New Zealand’s police officials also sent out a caution of online scams in September after a cryptocurrency investor got scammed out of his $213,000 because of fraud.

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA) also added three cryptocurrency-related sites to its list of online scams, and another three were placed on the list last month.

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