Former Springbok flyhalf, and current SuperSport ‘analyst’ (we use the term loosely), Naas Botha is seriously unimpressed with some adverts featuring his photo that are currently doing the rounds.
He has hit out at scammers using his photo, as well as photos of his family, in order to advertise what looks like some kind of Bitcoin scam.
The adverts encourage people to invest $250 (around R3 580) in Bitcoin, and reap the riches that will soon follow.
Fin24 feature this screenshot of the ad, which is being promoted on Facebook:
We found a Facebook page for ‘3 Seconds’, featuring the same profile picture, and the same advert is featured in various forms.
Look, I would be pretty bleak too.
It’s one thing to have somebody circulate a fake dagga seeds image, like Starke Ayres is dealing with, but quite another to have your family feature in what is clearly a scam.
Over to Naas:
He says the ads are an infringement of his human rights.
“It’s a huge joke – but it’s a joke you can’t get to stop. We’ve reported these ads to Facebook hundreds of times but nothing’s come of it. How hard can it be to establish who’s behind it? Obviously someone’s paying for it,” a livid Botha told YOU.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. We’ve tried finding Facebook representatives in South Africa, but we couldn’t find a number anywhere.”
“Any reasonable person can see it’s fake news. I just want it to end now. I hope Facebook does something soon,” Botha told YOU.
Following on from that interview, YOU took the matter up with Facebook’s head in Africa, Nunu Ntshingila, but at the time of writing he had yet to respond.
Itumeleng Morule of Idea Engineers, who handles Facebook’s communications in SA, says that “a company team would be asked to investigate”.
Given that it took me all of 30 seconds to find the Facebook page circulating the scam, it really shouldn’t be that hard.[source:fin24]