SEAN QUINN’S name is being used to promote an online scam involving “crypto currency”.
Internet fraudsters are cashing in on the Fermanagh businessman’s reputation, claiming he has made millions successfully trading BitCoin, an online currency, and encouraging others to do the same using their platform.
A number of these scam articles have been appearing on local social media pages in recent times, with the fraudsters paying for them to be promoted on sites such as Facebook, which uses “targeted” advertising. This means the ads are more likely to appear to people in Fermanagh or who have shown an interest in Mr Quinn, such as by clicking links related to him or searching his name.
For example, one article that had previously been on the Irish Mirror website as paid-for content was titled “The comeback of Sean Quinn with his new project.” Within a couple of days of appearing, the article appeared to be taken down from the newspaper’s website and moved to a website called Caleto.
The article, which starts by stating Mr Quinn had made his “comeback” with “his new application project”, had initially been a lengthy piece about the money-making potential of crypto currency, and how Mr Quinn had made millions from it. It also encouraged people to invest a minimum of £250 in their scheme, which the scammers will simply take without investing.When the article was moved the article appeared to have been cut and now mostly contains questionable information about Mr Quinn’s bankruptcy history.
A second, very similar article appears on the same website, titled “The famous Sean Quinn helps North Irish people after his bankruptcy!”
Both pieces may appear genuine at a quick glance, making reference to the fact Mr Quinn is a Fermanagh man and mentioning other details of his life, in other parts the scam is obvious. In reference to Mr Quinn’s “ambitious new project”, for example, the authors write “this new project, which is already a great success, promises to help the Nords-Irish.”
Another similar style of article, also promoted on social media, comes from the website Evion Tello Buzz. They too using the Teemore man to promise people their fortune in the article “Sean Quinn creates more opportunities” which offers people the chance to use Mr Quinn’s “tried and trusted method.”
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