Beware of online scams: the starred chef is the involuntary protagonist of the fake news spread on social networks with fake clone pages of our newspaper
Antonino Cannavacciuolo richer than ever thanks to online investments that would have brought him revenue of up to 9.9 million euros. It is the new hoax ferried on a clone page of the Republic (similar for graphics and url, but that has nothing to do with the online newspaper) ticked on Facebook. In the false interview, the starred chef conductor of “Nightmare kitchens” and judge of “Masterchef” is the new involuntary protagonist of an already known mechanism: to tell a famous person, in person, a tested method to earn money, many and in no time. In particular, this time we are talking about investments in cryptocurrencies which, according to what Cannavacciuolo would have said as guest of “Domenica In” on Rai Uno, would have yielded him easy income of up to 9.9 million euros.
It starts, as in other cases of fake news related to fraudulent systems, from an assumption of truth: Cannavacciuolo has been several times (last year) a guest of Mara Venier, but has never uttered the words quoted in quotes in the fake article : “What allowed me to be successful was the fact that I took advantage of this opportunity quickly, without hesitation. At the moment, what makes me earn the most is a new automatic cryptocurrency trading program. It is the greatest opportunity that I have ever seen in my life, and that can earn a fortune quickly. I invite everyone to take advantage of it, before the banks block it. “
The goal, as in other similar scams, is to induce the unfortunate user to click on the fraudulent link. Up to the real scam, the one that according to some testimonials posted on Facebook have pushed some users to pay money on some pretext, without having any return.
It is not the first time that Cannavacciuolo becomes a testimonial in spite of scams ferried on the social network. Last year, the chef had been given similar testimony on some Facebook advertisements: “Incredible, I recovered, after declaring bankruptcy, using this method ‘Everyone can do the same’ – Cannavacciuolo proves it at ‘Unomattina’ and the audience in the room is flabbergasted … “, as revealed by the Butac debunking site.
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In other cases, some pages of the Republic, with a similar web address, have been used to spread false news about alleged competitions or commercial promotions with products sold or given away, but which in reality referred to malicious sites with fraudulent purposes. The advice, in any case, is to check carefully the url of the web page to which it refers and to avoid clicking or transmitting your sensitive data.