PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group Bhd, which publishes The Star print products and online portal, refers to another Facebook Page which is misusing The Star’s brand identity.
It has come to the group’s attention that a Facebook page called "The Star Finance Stock", which has about 191 followers at present, is running multiple misleading advertisements on the Meta social platform.
The scam ads on Facebook, sponsored by an advertiser labelling itself as "The Star Finance Stock", claim to offer stock products, “tips on diagnosing stocks" and "how to avoid being locked up".
The advertisement, which misuses The Star’s previous iteration of its print product's masthead, is titled "Dividends from investing in Malaysian blue chips" and invites people to join its stock exchange group for “free benefits”.
The latest iteration of the fraudulent ad also includes logos of other well known financial institutions and an energy group in a bid to mislead the public.
The group wishes to clarify that the fake "The Star Finance Stock'' Facebook Page is not affiliated with The Star’s official social media platforms in any way, and dubious advertisements claiming to offer “free stock market insider information” are certainly not run by The Star’s official Facebook page.
Please do not interact with these scam Facebook pages or suspicious advertisements, nor join the groups they are peddling to the public.
The Star – which Reuters named one of the most trusted sources of news in Malaysia – publishes on its official website thestar.com.my.
To ensure you are looking at a genuine article by The Star, always check the web page address to confirm that the URL begins with https://www.thestar.com.my/.
Should you come across fake Facebook advertisements or suspicious Facebook pages impersonating The Star or any other brands, please take the following steps.
First, please tap or click the ellipsis (...) symbol on the top right of the ad or Page, then choose the exclamation point symbol that states ‘Find support or report’.
Then, the pop up window will state: “Find support or report Page: Help us understand what's happening.”
Here, choose the “Pretending to be something” option, then choose “A business”.
When the new pop up window asks “Which business is this profile pretending to be?”, type in The Star or paste The Star’s official Facebook Page URL (https://www.facebook.com/
This will alert Meta of fraudsters impersonating The Star’s official online presence on its social media platforms, and help ensure a safer online environment for all.