Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins
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Sidney Crosby becomes latest target of viral scam

Published January 23, 2024 at 6:15 PM
For as long as there's been internet available to the general public, there have been online scammers. The methods used and what could happen to the victim who fall prey has changed many times over the years.

The latest scam going around X (formerly known as Twitter) features fake headlines that usually imply a well-known public figure has been caught up in something appalling and must now face justice. Those circulating in Canada have used celebrities like Mary Berg and Michael Buble to get people to click through to their site. Over the last 24 hours or so, it's been NHL star Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.



Clicking through will lead you to a site that features ads for crypto currency and has nothing to do what got you interested in the ad to begin with. It's also likely riddled with malware and other methods that attempt to alter your device or get your personal information. All in all, a flat out scam.

How these ads are allowed to run is anyone's guess. It uses headlines and even logos of news outlets like CTV in an attempt to give it more credibility and get your interest as high as possible. It would be very surprising if complaints haven't already been launched by celebrities and others to get these to stop.
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Sidney Crosby becomes latest target of viral scam

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