In 2019, more than 300 people became victims of fake bitcoin advertisements that use the name and image of well-known Dutchmen, Fraudehelpdesk confirms to NU.nl after news from Shownieuws . Together, the victims suffered almost 3 million euros in damage.
In 2019, there were 332 victims with a compensation of 2,916,555 euros. That is a considerable increase: in 2018, 39 victims reported to the fraud help desk, who together suffered 776,642 euros in damage.
In the last year in particular, more and more nake advertisements are popping up, with the name and image of Alexander Klöpping, Ruud Feltkamp and Matthijs van Nieuwkerk being misused. The design of media such as NOS and NU.nl have also been used by fraudsters.
John de Mol started a lawsuit against Facebook in 2019 for fake advertisements with his image. In November the Amsterdam court ruled that Facebook should remove fake ads that use the name and image of De Mol.
The court promised the social medium a penalty of 1.1 million euros if Facebook does not actively combat the advertisements. But according to Facebook, the company cannot meet all requirements. The company has therefore appealed.