Monday 24 September 2018

Westlife star warns fans off Web scam

Warning: Shane Filan says he has nothing to do with so-called Bitcoin Revolution. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Warning: Shane Filan says he has nothing to do with so-called Bitcoin Revolution. Photo: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Sean O'Grady

Singer Shane Filan has warned his fans about an online scam that has been falsely linked to him.

A bogus article recently appeared online, maliciously claiming the former Westlife star had gone on 'Ireland AM' to promote a product called Bitcoin Revolution.

The so-called platform claims users can deposit €250 and "the automated trading algorithm would go to work".

"Using a combination of data and machine learning, the algorithm would know the perfect time to buy Bitcoin low and sell high, maximising the user's profit," the article claims.

However, Filan insisted he has nothing to do with it.

"I've been made aware of a story that's online at the moment about me and my wife and a Bitcoin investment," he said.

"I wanted to clarify that it is not true and we have never had any involvement with Bitcoin.

"It's a scam that's being sent to people. If you receive it, do not click on the link or enter any personal details."

The article said production staff on the show were also impressed by the platform, and there are several Facebook comments from people detailing all the money they have made through it.

However, none of the Facebook accounts appear to be real. When someone clicks on a link, they are taken to a website encouraging them to create an account and invest their €250.

Ciara Doherty and her 'Ireland AM' co-host Mark Cagney were linked to a similar scam when another article claimed they had interviewed a 15-year-old boy who had bought a house after investing in the fake Bitcoin Revolution.

Virgin Media Television's director of programming Bill Malone noted at the time that the station was seeking legal advice on the matter.

Irish Independent

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