Billionaire ex-husband of Janet Jackson, Wissam Al Mana, has demanded that Facebook reveal the identity of the person was behind ads on Facebook that used his image to endorse a crypto scam.
The case started in late February when Al Mana filed a lawsuit against Facebook about a cryptocurrency scam that used his name to promote itself in the Middle East. The billionaire claimed defamation, malicious, and false advertising from the alleged cryptocurrency firm called ‘Bitcoin Trader’.
One Man To Sue Them All
The social media giant has deleted the offending ads, but Al Mana is concerned that in future fraudsters can publish ads containing his image. Lawyers of Al Mana have applied for a court order that would obligate Facebook to reveal details about the publishers of the ad, reported the Irish Times on March 25.
Al Mana is seeking information about the names of the fraudsters, contact details, addresses, billing addresses, and payment methods. Along with the parties behind the ads, Al Mana is suing Facebook Ireland Ltd.
High Court Justice Leonie Reynolds has advised the parties to resolve their differences before she hears the order application. The one year deadline for the dispute hearing is in May, though the counsel of Facebook’s asserted that due to the coronavirus outbreak, it could be extended to 24 months.
Crypto Scams Involving Big Names
Claiming false legitimacy by using the identity of well known figures —- including Richard Branson, Kate Winslet, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk — is admired among cryptocurrency fraudsters. In November last year a judge of the Netherlands ordered Facebook to pay 10,000 Euros ($10,890) each time a new, fake Bitcoin ad that features Big Brother creator John de Mol comes up.
Recently, The crypto community spotted a bogus YouTube account mimicing CEO of major blockchain startup Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse, to promote a fake airdrop scam. The scammer on YouTube has been asking users to send between 2,000 XRP to 500,000 XRP for “participating” in an airdrop of 20,000 to 5 million XRP.
Some online scammers are even impersonating the World Health Organization to steal cryptocurrency donations to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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