Criminals are defrauding people into making fake investments using forged news stories promoting investment advice from celebrities, the public is being warned.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, a part of intelligence agency GCHQ, has announced it has foiled a growing number of these scams over the last four months.
More than 300,000 malicious URLs linking to investment schemes promoted with fake celebrity endorsements, including Sir Richard Bransom, Ed Sheeran and Martin Lewis, have been taken down during this period.
But the growing number of investment scams has caused the cyber security agency to issue a warning to the public, and to let the criminals know that they are being pursued.
The agency’s chief executive, Ciaran Martin, said: “These investment scams are a striking example of the kind of…