Mayim Bialik’s ‘alleged’ ads are grossly misleading

“Jeopardy” host Mayim Bialik continued to be targeted in paid ads with baseless and false “allegations” against her in the spring of 2022. These ads hosted by Facebook lead to fraudulent web pages that have were created to look like the Fox News website. . They all use Bialik’s image and likeness for fake endorsement for Premium Jane CBD, Serenity CBD Gummy, Smilz CBD Gummies or other CBD gummies. (Fox News has nothing to do with scams.)

To be clear, there are no allegations against Bialik, and she has never endorsed any CBD oil or gummies. The misleading claim of “claims” is a clickbait and has never been mentioned outside of fraudulent advertisements.

She previously addressed the fake and unauthorized CBD endorsement on her Instagram page:

Some of the Facebook ads we reviewed featured a headline that sounded like a deadly Bialik prank. They posted a close-up photo of the actor and TV show host with the words, “We’re saying goodbye.”

The rest of the text in the scam ads reads: “Jeopardy fans are angry at ongoing allegations against Mayim Bialik. Here is all the information available to the public right now. This is all completely made up.

We already reported these grossly misleading ads and CBD gummies scams nearly a month ago. A Facebook search for recent posts showed that Meta was still allowing users to pay to advertise the scam. Some of these pages were years old and allowed to display the paid ads for weeks or even longer.

A Facebook user asked on April 8, 2022, “Anyone else being spammed by this fake ad?

“I get them and clickbait targeting other celebrities multiple times a day,” one person said on April 7:

There was no shortage of users asking about the announcement weeks after we originally filed our fact check, such as in this April 7 post, where one user asked, “What is what’s up with this BS? Ongoing ‘allegations’ against Mayim Bialik? » :

Another person posted about the Bialik ads on April 3: “Dear Facebook, I’ve literally asked for this ad to be hidden 4 times now (current 5) and you keep bringing it back to my feed. Every 4 posts there is this creepy announcement. I blocked it as “repetitive” and you keep showing it.

We also noticed this post where a user shared the following screenshot of the false “allegations” against Bialik:

Note the bottom of the screenshot where the paid ad appears to lead to Amazon.com. However, it was nothing more than a scammer trying to make the link safe. It’s unclear why Meta endorsed this broadcast in a paid Facebook ad.

The user who posted this screenshot pointed out that the bottom of the paid ad seemed to lead to Amazon.com. However, that was not what it seemed. He shared this useful information for the public:

I want to remind you to think before you click. Here’s an interesting example of someone trying to get you to click on something: Look at the ad for a moment. He tries to make you think there’s something shocking (but ambiguous) about a famous person. It’s the hook. Look at the large, bright letters – suggesting news has already been made. There is a URL to Amazon! It’s a safe and familiar place to go!

Now – see below the strange series of characters? This code will try to do something on your computer. It could just be some sort of tracking mechanism (not uncommon), or it could be quite nefarious. I’m not trying to sound alarmist, I’m just encouraging you to ask yourself if this sort of thing is really worth your time and the potential risks involved. Facebook tries to fight malware and dangerous ads, but pretty much everything they do in this space is automated. Just because it’s on Facebook doesn’t mean it’s vetted or safe.

Thank you for listening, you can now resume your navigation.

Paid ads on Facebook were apparently so prevalent on a seemingly endless number of fraudulent pages that even Twitter users were share screenshots of them. “Here we have a sponsored ad from a Bangladeshi clothing house obliquely referring to ‘allegations’ against Bialik,” it read. “The ad includes a link and pitch for an unrelated company that manufactures Pilates equipment.”

The screenshot of this tweet showed a Facebook page named Rahman fashion house. We found the page. In its “Page Transparency” section, a useful area included on all Facebook pages, it showed that paid ads were still running as of April 8. When we clicked on the ads, they didn’t lead to pilates material but to the same kind of “Fox News” scam CBD gummies pages we referenced in our previous fact check. The page we landed on specifically mentioned Smilz CBD Gummies, a product associated with other scams that we have already discussed in other articles.

We contacted Meta about these paid Facebook ads targeting Bialik with false “claims”, using his image and likeness for CBD gummies scams. This story will be updated if we receive a response.

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