Ryan Tubridy has hit back after his picture was used in a fake Facebook ad.
The RTÉ presenter’s image was used in a sponsored ad on the social media platform to promote a rogue cryptocurrency trading scheme.
Upon clicking the link, users were redirected to a fake Independent.ie article citing “Ryan” revealing his “secret” to get rich.
Ryan hit back at the fake ad, saying he was walking down the street when someone stopped him to tell him about the ad.
“I really want to make it clear this morning that I have nothing to do with cryptocurrency,” he said.
“I have nothing to do with these ads that you see on Facebook and Instagram and on Twitter. I have nothing to do with it.
“This is a scam. We live in a generation of scams and the internet thrives on scams and financial cruelty to people who are vulnerable and I can tell you if you see my face in regards to cryptocurrency or any of those things …
“Unfortunately the difficulty is like a mole as soon as they get rid of one another comes with my face… and the ad says something like ‘Ryan Tubridy supports cryptocurrency’…”
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“Remember the ‘I don’t know what a tracker mortgage is’ ad? Well, I don’t know what cryptocurrency is.”
“It sounds like a smoke ball to me,” he continued.
“I’m sure some people make a lot of money from this, but I have nothing to do with it. Please tell all your friends if you see this ad… it’s not me,” he said.
“What I don’t like about these gangsters is that they steal, they do.”
It has now gotten so bad that almost all papers [are saying] that the people of Ireland have lost millions to cryptocurrency based scams.”
“And this is the problem. The gangs involved have devised more sophisticated methods to lure unsuspecting victims into the bogus investment transactions.”
He’s not the only RTÉ star whose image has been tarnished by cybercriminals.
In 2018, Miriam O’Callaghan was used by fraudulent advertisers who claimed the star was dropping prime time to flog skincare products.
Just last month, her case came before the High Court, where Meta Platforms Ireland, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, was indicted.
As part of the settlement, the company apologized to Miram O’Callaghan and agreed to set up a fraudulent ad reporting tool, which would allow Irish Facebook users to report suspicious ads to a specialist content team for review.
Ryan said, “I admire her for taking the case because it takes time and energy and everything else, but she won the case and I might not be far behind her.”
“It is too much.”
“Garda sources said one victim they know of has lost around €1million, but most cases are around 50,000 to 200,000, so people have a lot of money that they invest, it’s a lot of money that they have to invest.”
“This money was stolen after tricking people into buying non-existent cryptocurrency.”
“Victims transferred money to accounts run by organized criminal gangs,” he explained.
“If you see it, be skeptical, and it’s a terrible thing.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/ryan-tubridy-hits-out-after-his-image-is-used-in-fake-cryptocurrency-facebook-ad-41508449.html Ryan Tubridy hits out after his picture was used in fake cryptocurrency Facebook ad