Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have found an innovative way to support themselves financially after stepping back from royal life—trading BTC. That’s the news according to a fake website being touted by digital currency scammers, designed to fool unsuspecting investors into parting with their cash.
According to reports, the Sussexes are the latest high profile names to be hijacked by a site called Bitcoin Evolution. They follow in the footsteps of other notable people falsely linked with the site, including Bill Gates, Lord Sugar, Cristiano Ronaldo and early 90s UK comedian Jim Davidson.
In the text of the site, the former royal couple are falsely quoted as thanking Bitcoin Evolution for tiding them over financially while they work to become financially independent of the monarchy.
We intend to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent. What’s made us successful is jumping into new opportunities quickly and without hesitation, and 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.”
The text of the sham advertorial describes how the Duke and Duchess made the announcement on This Morning on U.K. television, describing the false endorsement as a “powerful message from Meghan.”
The site eventually links to eXcentral, a CFDs trading site operated by Cyprus-based Mount Nico Corp Ltd. In response to an enquiry from U.K. media over the advertorial, a spokesperson for the company blamed third party marketing services for the false text.
“Our team has investigated and found the owner of the website you have referred to and immediately terminated every business relationship with them. They have breached the terms and conditions and our marketing policy which the European Securities and Markets Authority requires of us not to engage in the publication of misleading information.”
“We would like to express our gratitude for this extremely important information you have provided in your email of below and for bringing it to our attention.”
This high profile example of false claims serves as a warning to would-be investors to take extra care to avoid BTC scams, and not to believe everything they read online.
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