Fakes: scam site using Mirror branding, hosted by Namecheap

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On one hand, I suppose it’s flattering to think online crooks so often create fake copies of the Mirror’s website because it’s a trusted name.

On the other, it is horrible to think that anyone might be taken in by one of these sites.

They crop up all over the place, one example I’ve seen this week starting with an advert on danword.com, a website for crossword solvers.

It featured a picture of Richard Branson and under the heading ‘Breaking News’ gushed about new investment opportunities.

Clicking on the advert took you to what looked like an online Mirror news story, with our logo and page layout style.

Only the url, cryptoitscool.com, gave away that fact it was fake.

The “story” claimed that Branson had gone onto a chat show to reveal that he had invested £27million in a business called British Bitcoin Profit.

It went on to say that a reporter on the show put the site to the test and turned £200 into £11,394 in four weeks. All lies, of course.

Clicking on the link for British Bitcoin Profit took you to profit-british.realinitialcash.com where there was more rubbish insisting “You can become the next millionaire” if you open an account.

Which I would not advise, not least because the site does not give any indication who is running it.

I alerted danword to the advertisement linking to the fake Mirror site, and the hosting company Namecheap.com, which has repeatedly hosted cloned Mirror sites.

To be fair to Namecheap, it takes them down when alerted, but it would be vastly preferable if it never took the money to host them in the first place.

Mark Taber, a campaigner against investment scams, called it a “futile reactive game of whack-a-mole being played by online platforms”.

He called for legislation forcing platforms to “properly vet ads and clients before accepting them”.

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