The latest celebrity to have their face used by fraudsters is Eamonn Holmes, unfortunately for him he’s being used to promote erectile dysfunction pills. The fake celebrity endorsement is a problem all over social media. His wife, Ruth Langsford has regularly been used to falsely promote diet pills and Martin Lewis won a £3 million settlement from Facebook for false use of his image.
IGNORE CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, ESPECIALLY FOR PILLS
Tips and Advice
- Too good to be true? – It’s a scam. If there was a miracle cure for dieting or other issues social media would not be where it would be found
- Report it! – Facebook has a new option to report suspicious adverts, click the three dots in the corner of the advert, choose “report ad” then “misleading or scam” and then there is further option to “send a detailed scam report”
- Check. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Registry to see if a website can legally sell medicines online
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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