Maltese celebrities deny involvement in crypto scam
A Maltese actor and two hosts of a local TV show have alerted the police after they were accused of being involved in a Bitcoin investment scheme called “Bitcoin Revolution”.
According to the Malta Independent and Malta Today, an article with a fake endorsement of Bitcoin Revolution was initially published on a website called Major News, which included the famous three people.
The two TV hosts feature in the One Breakfast show, Wayne Sammut and Elaine Degiorgio, and Davide Tucci, a Maltese actor, were falsely announced to be on that morning show.
According to the reports, Tucci convinced Degiorgio on air to make a €250 deposit to a trading platform called Bitcoin Revolution, which supposedly had helped himself out of bankruptcy.
The money invested increased to €483.18 “within three minutes” – except none of this happened, say the celebrities.
The media outlet’s report also provided detailed instructions on how to use the platform and instructed potential customers on how to sign up.
Tucci posted a video statement on his Facebook page denying this involvement, and calling these reports a scam: “This is clearly a scam and click-bait, please don’t buy into this.”
Sammut and Degiorgio have made similar statements, and have also notified the Maltese police.
According to local news outlet Newsbook, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) states Bitcoin Revolution had never been authorised by the Maltese government, and is consequently investigating the firm.