Finance Expert Martin Lewis Suing Facebook for Scam Ads That Impersonate Him

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Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook over scam adverts which include his face and name which is causing people to lose thousands of pounds. He hopes the lawsuit will prompt the social media site to crack down on fake adverts.

Personal finance expert and publisher of MoneySavingExpert.com Martin Lewis is suing Facebook in Britain’s High Court, accusing the social media netork allowed publication of scam ads featuring his name. Hiss lawyer filed court papers for defamation Monday April 23, 2018 to force the social media company to change its procedures.

Lewis claims Facebook makes money off scam ads that misrepresent him. Facebook says it does not allow “misleading or false” advertisements, and will remove any ads in response to claims that are reported, but Lewis claims Facebook has the technology, such as facial recognition, to discover and reject the face ads — to take initiative on their own. Instead Lewis says, he and his staff half to work to discover the fake ads and notify Facebook. Lewis and his staff aren’t making any money for the effort they make in finding and reporting the scam ads. Lewis says he’ll use the damages award to donate money to efforts that fight these types of scams.

Martin Lewis says he has found his name on more than 50 advertisements on Facebook in the last year, many of them get-rich-quick scams to con people. Many of the ads direct people to fake websites that use the same styling as news websites that have no connection to the news sites. Many celebrities have been victims of these scams.

Scam Facebook ad issue is …

“affecting my reputation, but more importantly it is affecting real people who are handing over money in good faith while the scammers are raking in the cash.”

— Martin Lewis

Lewis has helped some people get their money back, but other people, won’t accept help because they refuse to communicate with him because they still think he is a scammer.


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