Holly Willoughby 'angry' after being used as face of cryptocurrency scam
FURIOUS Holly Willoughby has told pals of her shock at being used as the face of a cryptocurrency scam.
Pictures of her hosting This Morning appeared on two bogus websites this week, with fake quotes implying she had invested live on air.
A source said: “Holly has nothing to do with this scurrilous scheme. She was angry about it. It all looks completely convincing.”
The con — headlined Brexit Millionaire — said readers can automatically trade in Bitcoin markets to make big profits.
The stills came from an interview with equally innocent Akshay Phillips, Britain’s youngest self-made millionaire.
One made-up Holly quote states: “I’ve heard about many bitcoin success stories over the past few years but it was always too complicated for me to understand.”
The advert also falsely claims that the 40-year-old made £60 after investing £250.
Some of Britain’s biggest celebrities have been unwittingly used in similar adverts online — including money guru Martin Lewis, 49, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, Lord Alan Sugar, 74, and Gordon Ramsay, 54.
Dragon’s Den stars including Deborah Meaden, 62, and Peter Jones, 55. have also been regularly named in fraudulent adverts.
In 2018 Money Saving Expert founder Martin sued Facebook over the number of ruses using his brand. Facebook settled in 2019 and agreed to donate £3million to an online anti-scam charity.
It also launched a new button to report scam ads on the site.
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