Maltese singer Amber Bondin has revealed how deeply concerned she was when she found out her name was being used to scam people into purchasing cryptocurrencies.
“I was at the gym when someone messaged me with screenshots [of the fake advert],” Amber said on TVM’s Insights. “I was really worried at first, because I thought the people behind it had gained access to my personal data and could do what they pleased with it.”
The fake ad, written in imperfect Maltese, claimed Amber had become a millionaire after trading Bitcoin on a crypto exchange platform that had already been outed as a scam. The article falsely claimed Amber had revealed her good fortune during an interview on ONE Breakfast, indicating the scammers had done some research into Maltese society.
Amber said she was scared some people would even fall for the scam, noting some had even sent her messages which indicated they believed she had become a millionaire.
“People automatically relate to personalities and tell themselves that they can follow in their footsteps,” she said.
Cybercrime police inspector Timothy Zammit confirmed that police have launched an investigation into these scams, which have in the past also featured Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, model Davide Tucci, ONE TV presenter Elaine Degiorgio and former rebel biker Alex Vella.