AM newsreader Bernadine Oliver-Kerby feels ‘ill’ after finding out followers were scammed by cryptocurrency hacker
She said she’s currently wading through the messages the scammer sent but was distraught to see at least 75 people were caught out by the scam.
“I’ve got back into my account and seen the messages sent by this person to other people purporting to be me. It’s like I’ve been sending people messages saying, ‘This is a great deal’. And I’ve seen people saying, ‘Did my credit card details go through’, so this has actually been horrendous to be involved with.
“People I didn’t know, people who have followed me [were] thinking I have been endorsing this Bitcoin scam and have been sucked in by it – that’s what made me feel completely ill.
“I am wading through the messages to say, “It’s me, I am back, I hope you haven’t sent money’. It’s been horrendous actually. I don’t know how they got into my accounts, it’s just scary.”
During yesterday’s show Oliver-Kerby said she had completely lost control of her account and someone was using it to try and scam money from her followers.
“My account has been hacked, taken over. I can’t access it, I can’t get into it. I’ve sent 8000 emails to Instagram security saying someone has taken over my account,” Oliver-Kerby said.
“It’s actually a massive invasion of your privacy but someone is trading, purporting to be me saying, ‘Here’s the bank account you can get $50,000 in two hours, look I’ve done it’. So impersonating me, trying to solicit money from people.
“What happened was I got a message saying my account had changed email….