Kate Winslet takes action against Bitcoin scammers who used her image

Movie star Kate Winslet is taking action against online scammers for using her image in a fake advert for Bitcoin – after a tip-off from The People.

We alerted her to posts quoting a fabricated BBC news interview in which she appears to push people to invest £300 by trading a cryptocurrency – digital money – called Bitcoin Code.

The Oscar winner “reveals” she profits from a “wealth loophole”.

Photos of Kate – who has built a £36million fortune from her Hollywood career – appear alongside a BBC logo.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency which many believe is worth investing in
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And they falsely claim she told newscaster Huw Edwards in a News at Ten interview: “What’s made me successful is jumping into new opportunities quickly – without any hesitation.

“Right now my No1 money-maker is a new cryptocurrency auto-trading program called Bitcoin Code.”

The fake story goes on: “It’s the single biggest opportunity I’ve seen in an entire lifetime to build a small fortune fast.”

Readers are invited to sign up with a £300 deposit followed by another £50 to buy the software. The star, 43, is even quoted saying: “It will NOT be around forever, so do not miss out.”

A spokeswoman for Kate – who is filming a re-make of Black Beauty – said: “This misleading promotion is completely disingenuous and categorically false.

A screenshot of the scam advert

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“We are dealing with this through the appropriate channels.”

Kate, married to Richard Branson’s nephew Ned Rocknroll, 41, is not the scammers’ first star victim.

MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis won a battle with Facebook in 2018 after 1,000 scam ads using his name or face appeared on it.

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He said: “This will be them fishing to see how good Kate Winslet is. For some people an A-list Hollywood star has more resonance than a UK money saving expert like me.

“If she is reaching a new market, you’ll see more of them.

“These are thieves and just as they’ve used Kate Winslet’s brand to sell, they’ve used Bitcoin’s brand to get people to part with money too.”

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