Scammers exploited the name of ex-prime minister

They falsely referred to various media, including The Slovak Spectator.

Peter PellegriniPeter Pellegrini (Source: TASR)

Several scam campaigns have appeared on social networks, sharing false stories and encouraging people to invest in cryptocurrencies via dubious schemes. They often use well-known personalities to address the potential readers.

Most recently, a campaign appeared on Facebook exploiting ex-prime minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) and several media outlets, including The Slovak Spectator, the Zive.aktuality.sk website reported.

Several problems with the scam

The story reports on a new “employment plan” unveiled by PM Pellegrini to help the citizens of Slovakia. The plan would allegedly contribute “to the development of digital sources of income, introducing minimum wage laws and improving overall financial conditions of Slovakia workers”.

It then informs readers about a chance to earn “an enormous amount of money in a short time without huge investments or hard 12-hour labour”, providing platforms like Bitcoin Loophole and Profit Bitcoin.

Related articleThey tried to exploit Sagan’s name in a scam. Lies, he responds Read more 

The scammers exploit the logos of The Slovak Spectator, the public-service broadcaster RTVS and private news channel TA3, claiming they have reported about the topic.

There are several issues. First of all, it is outdated since Pellegrini is no longer prime minister. It is also written in English, and it is not very likely Slovak readers will read about domestic affairs on a foreign website.

Moreover, the “testimonies” of successful clients cite “Slovaks” with foreign names, Zive.aktuality.sk wrote.

Will there be more sophisticated scams?

The scam has revealed several trends in fraudsters’ behaviour, Zive.aktuality.sk wrote. They are responding to the current situation and trying to refer to topics important for their potential readers, using this information to slip their fraudulent schemes path them.

It shows that we can soon expect similar, more sophisticated campaigns localised to Slovak, the website continued.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Peter Pellegrini

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

17 h
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

24 h
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan

Old-age pension scheme gains three new features

Brand new parental bonus raises concerns.

21. jan