Over 300,000 malicious links advertising fake get-rich-quick schemes designed to trick people into handing their money to cyber criminals have been taken down in a crackdown by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The scams see fraudsters attempting to lure people into making bogus investments using phoney endorsements from celebrities, such as Sir Richard Branson, suggesting they’ve made millions by buying and selling bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.

Links to the scams are promoted in fake news articles on pages designed to look like they’re being published by the real website of an actual newspaper or other legitimate publications. The articles, which are distributed by phishing emails and paid-for digital advertising, aim to trick victims into giving away their money or bank details to cyber criminals.

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