An article claiming that Maltese actor and TV star Davide Tucci apparently made €2.3 million through a Bitcoin trading platform after going bankrupt has been decried by the actor as being “clearly a scam”.
“Please note I have nothing whatsoever to do with this,” the actor captioned a video posted to Facebook in response to the article. “I have never engaged in such tradings, never did I authorise or approve of such material being published or advertised. This is clearly a scam and click-bait, please don’t buy into this.”
Mr Tucci said that the allegations of bankruptcy were “very serious - and I intend to take this seriously by reporting the case to the Malta Police Force’s Cybercrime unit.”
“I have worked really hard throughout the years to get to where I am now and I won’t let my name and image to be used for any form of scam or dishonesty.”
The scam article, posted on a site called Major News, claimed that Mr Tucci, having previously filed for bankruptcy convinced ONE Breakfast presenter Elaine Degiorgio to input €250 into this trading platform live on television, which moments later, accumulated into €398.42.
The article, which used photos of Mr Tucci, Ms Degiorgio and fellow ONE Breakfast host Wayne Sammut, included various screenshots and instructions pointing readers in the direction of Bitcoin Revolution, and instructing them how to sign up.
Ms Degiorgio and Ms Sammut have both stated that the article is fake spam content, and have filed a joint report to the police force’s cyber crime unit.
The MFSA have also stated that there is no license or authorisation issued to anything called Bitcoin Revolution to operate in Malta.
Earlier this week, the government issued a statement saying that they had submitted a report with the police to investigate the sudden spate of fake news stories related to bitcoin, which besides being completely untrue, were undermining the genuine work being done in the blockchain sector.