Our FinTelegram team has been focusing on fraudulent marketing campaigns on Google and social media to chase victims for broker scams for several weeks. Google UK & Ireland has tightened the conditions for placing financial ads since August 2021, but these conditions do not apply in the EU. Google is cashing in with scams. We have established that fake publishers in Russia are advertising fraudulent crypto campaigns like Bitcoin Revolution or Bitcoin Code on Google. The search giant doesn’t care about regulatory warnings. We call this the Russian Google Game!
|Scheme||Russian Google Game|
|Activity||Promoting fraudulent crypto campaigns via Google|
|Promoted scam brand||Bitcoin Prime, Bitcoin Revolution, Bitcoin Evolution|
Bitcoin Loophole, Bitcoin Up, Bitcoin Code, and others
|Fake Russian publishers||YCage (https://ycage.com/)|
Portsmouth Electricians (https://portsmouthelectricians.com/)
Touches Stamps (https://touchesstamps.com)
Lowrys Mechanical (https://lowrysmechanical.com)
Your Visualisis (https://yourvisualises.com)
Cognitive Mattress (www.cognitivemattress.com)
|Landing pages||https://whetherk.com, |
, and others
The fraud narrative
While searching for “Bitcoin Code,” we today discovered two more Russian fake publishers fishing for victims via financial ads on Google. These two newly discovered publishers are, YCAGE and Prepartisan, are included in bold in the table above.
Many of the publishers of these fraud campaigns we exposed work with Russian websites and the credentials of Russian companies. It should be straightforward for Google to detect these fake publishers. However, Google does not seem to want to do that.
If you have any information about Russian Google Game and its operators, please let us know through our whistleblower system, Whistle42.