Famed entrepreneur Richard Branson is often featured in fake articles sent out by various investment schemes, many of which are related to cryptocurrency, U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) revealed in a report. The agency, which has blocked over 285,000 such campaigns in only nine months, says it’s dealing with a global problem.

Shady Sites Lure Investors With Fake Endorsements From Richard Branson

The fake news articles appear as if they come from well-known publications. The scammers spread them through mass email campaigns, text messages, or ads on social media platforms in Britain and abroad. They are linked to websites where potential victims are enticed to invest in fraudulent schemes. British cybersecurity experts say it’s a growing and a global challenge.

NCSC has put an end to 286,322 of these campaigns and blocked 731,080 URLs between…

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