From the Other Side
Newspapers matter. They are the original pure source of news. Newspapers are held to standards. They can be trusted.
The average person would assume that internet news stories have to abide by the same rules and standards. After all, people are reading many of the same news stories online that also appear in print.
For the past month, a story has appeared on the home page of the Microsoft Edge browser that breaks every rule and standard that the print media has to follow. On the home page, there are different squares which serve as teasers for stories. One teaser with the image of Carleton MP and Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre appeared. Evidently, ‘Canadians are earning millions from home thanks to Pierre Poilievre’s latest initiative.’
What on earth is this about? How can anyone from this area not click on this?
There is nothing that hints ‘scam’, other than the content of course. The story claims to be written by William Hale of Forbes.
The article begins by claiming that Poilievre is worth more than $400 million and that he has started a controversial initiative to teach Canadians to be independently wealthy from home. The story claims that Poilievre has appeared on Global Morning to talk about how he made $60.5 million last year using an automated system that invests in Bitcoin.
According to the story, “Today, I want to give back and show everyone EXACTLY how I’ve made millions of dollars over the last few months outside of my regular businesses. It’s something I’ve been doing on the side, and something anyone in the Canada can do, and it’s made enough for me to buy all my luxury cars.
“My passion will always be to help people. I stumbled upon a new system called Bit QL that’s made me more money in the last 6 months than any of my other businesses. And the best part is, this amazing opportunity just became available to regular folks in the Canada so I have to share it with everyone.
“I’ll explain what Bit QL is in just a bit. But first, to prove how amazing this system really is. Carolyn, I’m going to give you $250 to deposit and try it for yourself right now.
“Poilievre then wrote a check to Carolyn for $250, which she deposited into the system to try for herself. Within minutes, Carolyn’s jaw dropped open as she began making a real profit – on live television!”
While there is no truth or merit to anything in this scam disguised as a legitimate story, what the story has Poilievre saying next is ridiculous.
“Last month, I pulled in $619,830 simply by simply letting the software do its thing. Now I know this sounds too good to be true, and to be honest, I wouldn’t believe it either if I heard this a year ago. But how else do you think I have so much money to throw around on new Bentleys?
“All the money I earn from my businesses goes into a trust for my kids. The money I earn from Bit QL is my play money and I use it to buy Bentleys and houses.”
For the records, some deep Manotick Messenger investigative reporting has unearthed findings that Pierre Poilievre does not own any Bentleys and he does not have play money to buy houses with.
The company responsible for these fake stories is Bit QL. The Bit QL app that claims it will make you very rich, very quickly. It uses false stories on reputable websites to lure readers into whipping out their credit cards and investing an initial fee of $250.
According to an investigation by scamcryptorobots.com, “In reality the BitQL App is a part of a larger network of cloned websites which has recently emerged. In fact, it is a facsimile copy of the previous BitQT App which we have previously exposed here on our website. This fraudulent trading platform was designed with the explicit intent of deceiving and misleading potential investors by spreading lies and half-truths about how easy it is for people who join this program to become millionaires.
“In other words, the BitQL App is simply another get-rich-quick scheme which is now being heavily promoted by an affiliate network that’s closing deals behind your back with scheming offshore CFD (contract for difference) brokers. When we registered to conduct our €250 test, the broker which was allocated to us was named ‘CFD Markets’ and it has a registered business address in Sophia Bulgaria. The dots started to connect for us very quickly, when we realized that our initial deposit basically evaporated in a matter of minutes and we started receiving phone calls by the dozens.”
Poilievre is not the only celebrity used for this scam. His political nemesis, Prime Minister Just Trudeau, has also appeared in similar fake stories.
Unfortunately, there will be people out there who believe that Poilievre has a fleet of Bentleys. That could be seen as tampering with any upcoming federal election.
And how can Microsoft allow this? How are they not responsible for paid content like this appearing online? How has Forbes allowed this?
While it makes us somewhat proud that the Manotick Messenger gives you real news – something Microsoft does not – we can’t but wonder what our friend Andy Braid would have to say about Poilievre’s fleet of Bentleys and Monopoly deck of title cards for investment homes…