The now-former members of the British royal family, Harry and Meghan, have become unknowing testimonials to a well-known crypto scam: Bitcoin Evolution.
The news was reported by the tabloid Mirror, which also shows fake articles about how the former dukes of Sussex got rich. The narrative is indeed compelling. When Harry and Meghan announced the farewell to the British royal house, they also added that they would support themselves financially and do without the monarchy’s money, which is nothing but taxpayers’ money.
The scam was advertised on the Duolingo app, which features a pop-up banner that reads:
“Powerful message from Meghan. The first Royal Family project. Their new platform has made thousands of families in the UK happy”.
By clicking on this banner the user is redirected to a fake article in which Harry and Meghan in an interview (which never took place) would have told how they got rich, thanks to the use of Bitcoin Evolution, a platform that, according to the statements attributed to them:
“Can transform anyone into a millionaire within three to four months”.
Harry and Meghan’s fake statements read:
“Right now our number one money-make is a new cryptocurrency auto-trading program called Bitcoin Evolution. It’s the single biggest opportunity we’ve seen in our entire lifetimes to build a small fortune fast. We urge everyone to check this out before the banks shut it down”.
This scheme is one of the best known for persuasion: a well-known and therefore reliable face, which proposes something that could disappear within a short time. How to not click to find out more?
The reporter from the Mirror has actually clicked on it, checking how the platform works. The website shows alleged witnesses who claim to have become rich in a short time. A minimum of £200-250 is required to start trading.
Harry and Meghan, Bitcoin Evolution and other automatic trading programs
The peculiarity of Bitcoin Evolution is that it offers easy and quick gains. However, it is always advisable to be wary of those who promise quick money. As it is, in fact, a cryptocurrency automatic trading platform, the risk of losing investments is very high.
Unfortunately, those who promote these scams make use of famous people who, against their will, show their face proclaiming that they have become rich thanks to this platform. Harry and Meghan are only the latest two victims. In the registration form on the website, it is expressly stated that Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) and Eric Schmidt (current CEO of Google) have become rich this way. Obviously, these two people owe their fortune to Microsoft and Google and certainly not to Bitcoin Evolution. Among other things, Bill Gates is currently number 2 in the ranking of the richest billionaires compiled by Forbes with assets of 103.4 billion, while Eric Schmidt is in 88th position with “just” 14.2 billion.
Bitcoin Evolution is not the only automatic trading program that uses famous faces. Other cases involved the Italian singer Jovanotti who unconsciously became the testimonial of Bitcoin Billionaire. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc became the face of Bitcoin Revolution. A similar fate also touched the owners of Nutella, Michele and Giovanni Ferrero, who had to publicly deny their involvement in phantom Bitcoin investments.
Bitcoin scams, the advice to protect oneself
To avoid running into these scams, the advice is simple and straightforward:
- Check the sources of the articles in which famous people announce that they got rich, as much as they have graphics similar to famous newspapers, the source websites are not what they seem;
- Always be wary of those who promise instant profits;
- Never leave data or entrust funds to systems that are not approved by the proper authorities.