The Malta Independent 20 March 2019, Wednesday

One Breakfast hosts file police report after spam article claims endorsement of Bitcoin Revolution

Albert Galea Thursday, 10 January 2019, 08:29 Last update: about 3 months ago

The hosts of One Breakfast, Wayne Sammut and Elaine Degiorgio, have reported an article that claims to quote the pair endorsing a new automated Bitcoin trading platform called Bitcoin Revolution to the police.

The article claims that the well-known Maltese actor and TV star Davide Tucci appeared on One Breakfast to reveal how he apparently made €2.3 million through this trading platform after going bankrupt.

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The article, posted on a site called Major News, writes that Tucci convinced Degiorgio to input €250 into this trading platform live on television - €250 which, eight minutes later, miraculously turned into €398.42.

A quote endorsing the mystical trading platform is attributed to Sammut and Degiorgio, whilst both presenters are depicted in the article through what is presumed to be screenshots of them actually presenting an episode of One Breakfast.

The article then continues with various screenshots and instructions pointing readers in the direction of Bitcoin Revolution, and instructing them how to sign up.

Those enterprising readers thinking of taking advantage of the presented scheme however had better hold their horses, with Degiorgio writing on social media that whilst she appreciates the “free advertising”, the article was nothing more than spam content and an outright fake, before adding that the article had been reported to the police force’s cyber crime unit.

This statement was echoed by Sammut who, when contacted by this newsroom, reiterated that he and his colleague had taken a joint step and filed a report with the police over the content.  In a statement on his personal Facebook account, Sammut said that Tucci had never been a guest on One Breakfast, and wrote;

“Moreover, no sort of live financial investment was made in any method whatsoever during our show and I urge anyone who has come across the article to disregard its content as it may be in breach of your personal data.”

Efforts to contact Davide Tucci about this article and to see whether he too had taken any action about it were, at the time of writing, unsuccessful.

The name Bitcoin Revolution is not a new one, and has reared its head on Maltese social media more than once over the past few weeks.  In fact, earlier this week the government issued a statement saying that they had submitted a report with the police so that websites pedalling such stories could be investigated, whilst also saying that they were taking such claims very seriously as not only were they fraudulent, but they were also undermining the government’s work in the blockchain sector.

The MFSA incidentally have also said that there is no license or authorisation issued to anything called Bitcoin Revolution to operate in Malta.

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